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Virgin buys into gaming company

Virgin Media has bought a 9.9 percent stake in AIM-listed interactive gaming company NetPlay TV as part of a deal that gives NetPlay the rights to produce VMED's Challenge Jackpot gaming website, TV channel and online games until 2013. The TV channel is currently available on Virgin On Demand, Sky and for three hours a […]

April 6, 2009

Playboy TV fined

Playboy TV’s UK operation has been fined £22,500 (E24,700) by Ofcom for broadcasting what it termed explicit adult content free-to-air. The fine applies to its Playboy One service, which broadcast as an unencrypted, free-to-air channel until September. Seven programmes broadcast between September 2007 and December 2007 were investigated by Ofcom and it concluded that “the […]

April 3, 2009

Virgin sells up Sit Up

Virgin Media is selling its home-shopping broadcaster Sit-up TV to Munich-based investor Aurelius – owner of RTL Shop – for an undisclosed sum. Sit-up TV operates three digital home-shopping channels – bid tv, price-drop tv and speed auction tv. Virgin said the company’s live programmes are available to viewers in more than 20m homes in […]

April 2, 2009

Telefonica / Vivendi 'variable' bid for Digital+

The joint-venture of Telefónica and Vivendi has tabled another bid for Sogecable’s satellite pay-TV operator Digital+ in the long running sale saga. The amount eventually paid will reflect Digital's future EBITDA performance. For last year Digital+ had EBITDA of E367 million, 10% up on the previous year. At the same time it lost 35,000 subscribers. […]

April 2, 2009

Carphone still wants Tiscali?

UK mobile phone retailer and broadband provider Carphone Warehouse is considering a bid for the Tiscali's UK business, according to press reports. Carphone Warehouse's broadband division TalkTalk is hoping for a bargain after a deal to sell the ISP to BSkyB fell through at the last minute. Tiscali’s UK business had 1.774 million customers in […]

March 30, 2009

Miller joins News Corp

Jonathan Miller, former chief executive of AOL, is to join News Corp this week to oversee the broad strategic digital initiatives across the group. Miller will have operational control of News Corp's MySpace online social network, the IGN video games media and community service, Photobucket online photos service, Jamba, a mobile phone contents company, and […]

March 30, 2009

Pirate Bay VPN service

Owners of the controversial Swedish BitTorrent website the Pirate Bay – currently embroiled in a copyright trial in Sweden – have announced they’re going to start using VPN (virtual private network) technologies to make its users harder to track. In typical 'pirate style' the unlogged VPN service will be called IPREDator, named after a new […]

March 30, 2009

Digital Britain reactions surface

About 200 reactions to the interim Digital Britain report have been published. Among highlights are Sky's call for Virgin's network to be opened up to third party services, Virgin's caution on Canvas and general skepticism on anti-piracy plans and the Digital Rights Agency. Sky says it is “increasingly anomalous” that the cable network is a […]

March 30, 2009

Docherty appointed Chairman of DTG

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the industry association for digital TV in the UK, has appointed David Docherty as their new Chairman, replacing Professor David Youlton who has stepped down from the post after more than 10 years. David Scott CBE, Chairman of the DTG Appointments Committee said: “With a high-profile background that spans manufacturing, […]

March 27, 2009

Liberty defers more debt

Liberty Global's European division has restructured E530 million of its E850 million debt, creating two new tranches that will extend its due date from 2012 by two and three years respectively. As a result, around 95% of UPC Holding's debt will now be due in or after 2013. Mike Fries, Liberty Global's president and CEO, […]

March 27, 2009