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ITV looks to PPV to make it safe

Plan for ITV to introduce a pay-per-view service for ITV2, 3 and 4 under new chief executive Adam Crozier seem to be firming up. ITV has said it will undergo…

Sky: Good Q2, launches 3D

Satellite broadcaster BSkyB has reported strong second quarter results and confirmed that it will launch Sky 3D, Europe's first dedicated 3D TV channel, this April. As part of the final…

Pay-TV ad limits will harm Sky Italia

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's move to lower advertising ceilings for pay TV will hurt Sky Italia unit and curtail growth at the other networks it says. New Italian regulations…

FCC rebuffs cable firms on sports

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to stop cable operators from withholding local sports channels from rivals in the US, potentially giving consumers more choice of pay-TV providers. Federal law…

Ofcom ready to rein in Sky as rivals prepare price cuts

A board meeting at Ofcom is set to approve the regulator obliging Sky to cut its wholesale prices on its sports channels. In choreographed weekend interviews BT set the ground…

Disney for Apple TV online subscriptions?

ABC and CBS networks are considering joining a the proposed Apple TV online subscription venture first floated last month. ABC is a unit of the Walt Disney Company, which could…

Portugal Telecom has until Jan to launch pay-TV on DTT

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Portugal Telecom has less than two months to start commercial exploitation of pay-TV services on Digital Terresterial Television (DTT). The Portuguese operator has to move…

Pay-TV providers missing the middle market for gaming

Premium pay-TV gaming features do not currently maximize the market's revenue potential, according to a report from international research firm Parks Associates Many pay-TV providers, including Comcast, Cablevision, DISH Network,…

Italian limits (Sky's) ads on pay TV, greenlights Cielo

From Branislav Pekic in Rome The Italian Government is to limit advertising on all pay-TV broadcasters, including Sky Italia and Mediaset Premium. The decree, which has been prepared by Deputy…

Sky ends YouTube pay talks as site talks subs

BSkyB has ended talks with Google about the opportunity for its pay-TV content to be made available on YouTube. Sky said : “The pay model is at the heart of…