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Premiere scraps 2008 outlook over TV rights timing

German pay TV broadcaster Premiere, whose profits depend largely on its ability to show live Bundesliga football matches, scrapped its 2008 forecast on uncertainty over the next TV rights auction. “The bidding process will begin much later than expected and an agency has been commissioned to manage the process. We cannot rule out that this […]

November 8, 2007

Murdoch senior: Sky's remarkable story

Sky Chairman Rupert Murdoch offered BSkyB shareholders a vindication of his company’s 18 years in business by declaring it would relish the competition brought by changes in the media landscape. Murdoch told investors at the company’s annual general meeting that the satellite broadcaster’s history since launching 18 years ago had been “a remarkable story,” with […]

November 6, 2007

Murdoch junior: Sky+ exceptional

Satellite giant BSkyB won more new customers than anticipated in its first quarter but saw pre-tax profits fall to £121 million (E174m) in the three months to 30 September compared with £166 million last year. Revenue went up by 11 per cent on the comparable period to £1,185 million. The company said it had 939,000 […]

November 6, 2007

Murdoch speaks on Sky strategies

BSkyB chief executive James Murdoch has revealed that the group is developing a “hybrid” media model using its satellite and digital terrestrial platforms to allow subscribers to access content seamlessly from TVs, PCs or mobiles. In an FT.com interview, Murdoch also rejected claims that his aggressive strategy had exposed it to possible regulatory punishment, saying: […]

November 2, 2007

Pay-TV pilot on DTT in Spain

TV producer Mediapro, technology company SIDSA, electronic manufacturer SIEMENS-InOutTV, Consultancy firm SDIdigital and operador Telecom Castilla-La Mancha, along with the Town Council of Alcázar de San Juan, have launched a pay-TV pilot. The six companies are offering a pay-per-view football match from the Italian Football League, as well as successful films from the producers Filmax […]

October 24, 2007

CASBAA hails APEC

Industry body the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has applauded a call by regional political leaders for Governments to “effectively address” the issue of satellite and cable TV signal theft. “The new priority given by the APEC ministers to this problem is great news,” said Marcel Fenez, the Chairman of CASBAA. “With […]

October 18, 2007

Sogecable losses 10,000 subscribers in football war

From David Del Valle in Madrid The dispute over football TV rights between Sogecable and Mediapro has led the largest pay-TV group to lose 10,000 subscribers in the third quarter of the year. Nonetheless this was a net of 40,000 more than a year ago reaching a total of 2.046 million. The company is also […]

October 18, 2007

Spain cracks down on pay TV hackers

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish police has disbanded a network of pay-TV hackers by arresting 27 people across the country who would have defrauded the pay-TV companies of E10 million. Amonsgt the detainees there are 10 distributors of keys and codes through the Internet, nine sellers of manipulated set-top-boxes and eight responsible […]

October 17, 2007

Spain heads for pre-paid TV services on DTT

From David Del Valle in Madrid Telco operator Abertis is leading a project to develop a single DTT box and pre-paid cards to allow DTT broadcasters to offer certain pay TV services, such as cinema or football or music events following the Italian example. The company plans to set up a centre or a factory […]

October 16, 2007

Sky: no more new channels

Sky is calling a halt to new channels on its platform in a move that is bound to lead to bidding battles between companies seeking valuable slots on its electronic programming guide (EPG). Sky has said that it will “cease to take further applications for places in the EPG launch queue” and will proceed with […]

October 9, 2007