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Cablevision buys Sundance

Cablevision is close to an agreement to buy the Sundance Channel, jointly owned by NBC Universal, CBS, and actor Robert Redford, in a cash and stock deal valued at close to $500 million. A purchase of Sundance will strengthen Cablevision’s position in the independent-film programming arena as the cable operator already owns another film channel, […]

May 6, 2008

DirecTV nets 275K subs in Q1, more buybacks

DirecTV netted 275,000 customers during the three-month period, taking its customer count past the 17 million mark. DirecTV cited its ongoing HD programming push for part of the success, with CEO Chase Carey saying the company’s strategy “of offering the best television experience to higher quality customers continues to drive superior financial results.” In addition […]

May 6, 2008

C4 hires Heaf

Channel 4 has hired BBC Worldwide’s director of digital ventures, Daniel Heaf, to work on interactive projects across its radio, TV and online output. Heaf, who was previously head of new media at BBC Radio 1 and the corporation’s BBC Teens brand Switch, becomes head of new media, 4 Radio and multimedia entertainment.

May 6, 2008

MySpace misses as News Corp posts records

News Corp’s social-networking website MySpace failed to hit its revenue target this year as advertisers struggle to judge the commercial value of making on-line friends. News Corp revealed that its Fox Interactive Media arm, which includes MySpace, will miss its goal of an 80 per cent increase in revenue by “about 10 per cent”. The […]

May 6, 2008

Fastweb cuts losses

Italian broadband operator Fastweb reduced its net loss and added clients in the first three months of the year and left open the possibility it will bid for Italian rival Tiscali. The net loss narrowed 47 percent to E11 million from a year ago. EBITDA rose 15 per cent to E112.5 million as sales rose […]

May 6, 2008

France Telecom Q1

France Telecom posted first-quarter sales of E13.03billion, up 1.4 per cent year-on-year, with EDITDA up to E4.79 billion from E4.66 billion. Finance director Gervais Pellissier also confirmed the group was still interested in acquiring Nordic operator TeliaSonera, but added no negotiations were currently taking place

May 6, 2008

Deutsche Telekom Q1

Deutsche Telekom posted first quarter net income almost doubled at €924m, thanks in part to the sale of its media and broadcast unit to French group TDF, with revenue slipping 3.1 per cent to E15 billion.

May 6, 2008

DirecTV up 10%

DirecTV's first-quarter net income rose 10 per cent amid higher net subscriber additions and a lower subscriber cancellation rate. The company reported net income of $371 million, up from $336 million, a year earlier. Revenue rose 17 per cent to $4.59 billion. DirecTV said US net subscriber additions rose 17 per cent to 275,000, putting […]

May 6, 2008

ZON TV Cabo adds 13,000 clients and new channels

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Portugal's ZON Multimédia has added 13,400 new clients for its pay-TV service ZON TV Cabo in the first quarter of this year, representing a 60.3 per cent increase of net additions on the same period in 2007. The percentage of subscribers to the digital service “Funtastic Life” rose from 20 […]

May 6, 2008

Macrovision will sell TV Guide

Days after getting new owners TV Guide is back on the block. It would be the fourth change in control during the last decade for TV Guide. Last week, the Macrovision Solutions Corporation completed a $2.8 billion takeover of Gemstar-TV Guide, the magazine's publisher. The new owner has made clear that it is interested in […]

May 6, 2008