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TiVo loss widens

TiVo said its second-quarter loss widened on a write down of inventory, but the company reiterated its goal of breaking even on an adjusted basis for fiscal 2008. The write downs cam as retailers switched more quickly than expected to the HD version. The company posted a net loss of $17.7 million (E12.9m) for the […]

August 31, 2007

PCCW reports interim results for 2007

Hong Kong telco PCCW, the world's leading IPTV provider, has reported stronger growth of its core telecom, media and ICT business segments in the first half of 2007 as the company reaps the benefits of quadruple-play. PCCW's lifted core revenues for the six months to June by 7 per cent year-on-year to HK$9,507m (E894m). Boosted […]

August 30, 2007

Rights war blanks Madrid derby

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish football TV war between Sogecable and Mediapro, main shareholder in commercial channel La Sexta, prevented viewers outside of Spain from watching the Madrid derby game live on Saturday evening. The opening weekend of the season was in chaos as several games were embroiled in the dispute. As […]

August 29, 2007

NBC buys Sparrowhawk

NBC Universal has agreed to acquire Sparrowhawk and its global portfolio of pay TV channels, including the international Hallmark Channels, from Providence Equity Partners, 3i and management shareholders. The announcement was made by Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal and David Elstein, Chairman, Sparrowhawk Media. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but a […]

August 29, 2007

DIG takes 40% stake in Indian IPTV

Dubai Investment Group (DIG has acquired through its subsidiary Dubai Ventures, a 40 per cent stake in Time Broadband Services, India's newest IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) service provider. Having extensive technical and managerial experience in the telecom sector through its investments in Maltacom and Tunisie Telecom, DIG is well positioned to leverage its expertise and […]

August 29, 2007

Telekom Austria buys MRS

Telekom Austria Group has bought the interactive TV voting company Mass Response Service GmbH (MRS) from the Dutch company Twister Media Group for around E19.5 million as part of its plans to expand its television business. MRS, which among other shows is responsible the voting for the Eurovision Song Contest, reported a turnover in 2006 […]

August 29, 2007

Belgacom helped by TV

Belgacom reported profit that beat analyst estimates for the second quarter on higher sales of high-speed Internet access and raised its forecasts for mobile-phone and fixed-line revenue. Net income rose 12 per cent to E245 million a share, from E219 million a year earlier. The rising profit seems to validate Belgacom’s strategy of expanding its […]

August 27, 2007

Burch frozen out in June

Virgin Media chief executive Steve Burch was frozen out of the company’s sale process for two and a half months before his exit this week, according to a company filing with the SEC. “Since June 7, 2007, Burch has not communicated with any adverse party,” the company said in a filing with the US regulator […]

August 27, 2007

Spain: Sogecable and Mediapro in a blazing row

From David Del Valle in Madrid With TV football broadcasts in the air, Sogecable and Mediapro are intensifying their respective attacks. Sogecable has accused Mediapro of pirating the TV signal to offer football matches with no legal TV rights to them. Mediapro has soon reacted by offering for free the commercial channel La Sexta, in […]

August 27, 2007

Alcatel Lucent loses top execs

The turbulent 10-months at Alcatel Lucent has claimed two senior victims. Mike Quigley, the Australian once tipped to be chief executive of the French group, and Frank D'Amelio, the former Lucent executive who was put in charge of integrating the two companies, had both resigned, the company said. D'Amelio is leaving to become chief financial […]

August 26, 2007