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Comcast, Viacom join anti-piracy coalition

Comcast, Viacom join anti-piracy coalition

The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the global coalition dedicated to protecting the dynamic legal market for creative content and reducing online piracy, has confirmed the addition of Comcast…

Netflix raises $2bn in debt to fund more content

Netflix raises $2bn in debt to fund more content

Netflix is raising another $2 billion (€1.79bn) in debt for the production, development and potential acquisitions of content. The streaming giant routinely raises debt to help grow its catalogue of…

Backers triple Salto OTT investment

Backers triple Salto OTT investment

France’s proposed Salto OTT platform, backed by public broadcaster France Télévisions, and commercial operators TF1 and M6, is set o see the trio triple their investment in the platform. They…

CBA: “FCC auction could take 13 years”

The C-Band Alliance (CBA) used a letter to Senator John Kennedy, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and to Christopher Coons, a ranking member of the same committee. The…

AT&T buys Clypd

AT&T has bought Clypd, the data-driven TV advertising platform. The operations will become part of the AT&T Xandr ad business and help provide more personalised ads for its streaming services.…

SiriusXM facing Worldspace patent problems

US pay-radio operator SiriusXM is facing further problems in an argument with Germany’s Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft over a dispute which concerns SiriusXM’s technology on its satellite radio transmissions. Fraunhofer had filed a…

Africa’s Vast WiFi system closing

The business behind Vast Networks, Africa’s largest WiFi network, is liquidating the company. It will cease trading this week. Vast was backed by pay-TV operator MultiChoice (owning 49 per cent)…

Foster named BBC Head of Workforce Diversity

Anne Foster has been appointed as the BBC’s Head of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion to help strengthen the BBC’s drive to be the best place to work in the media…

RealD wins patent spat

A district court in Düsseldorf, Germany has ruled in favour of global visual technology specialist, RealD, finding infringement of three of its patents by Volfoni SmartCrystal Diamond triple-beam systems. RealD,…

Senator urges FCC to hold C-band auction

Sami Kassab, a satellite analyst at investment bank Exane/BNPP, issued useful summary of the October 17th US Senate hearing on matters concerning the Federal Communications Commission and in particular the…

Former HBO President joins Magid

Scott Carlin, the former President of HBO Domestic Television responsible for bringing to the network iconic programing such as The Sopranos and Sex & The City, has been named EVP,…

Telesat wraps $550m of new financing 

Telesat wraps $550m of new financing 

Canada-based satellite operator Telesat raised $550 million in new debt but has used the extra funds to pay down $500 million of older debt some 5 years early (due to…

Italy: Viacom acquires FTA channel Super!

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom, has announced the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent of Super Broadcast, the company that owns and operates the free-to-air…

Mediapro, América TV content production partnership

The Mediapro studio, through Mediapro Argentina, and América TV, which belongs to Grupo América – a media company conglomerate in Argentina – have announced a partnership agreement to develop, produce…

Netflix ups revenue but US subs miss

Netflix ups revenue but US subs miss

Netflix has reported a gain of 6.77 million paying subscribers in the third quarter, slightly above analysts’ expectations. It brings its total userbase to 153 million globally. The number of…

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