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Sony Pictures Television appoints Newton

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) says Damian Newton has joined the company as vice president of digital initiatives. In his new role, Newton, who joins SPTI from Disney ABC International Television, is responsible for leading SPTI's digital strategy for Europe; building on existing product lines across video on demand (VOD), subscription VOD (sVOD) and electronic […]

October 3, 2007

US pay-TV saturation point

As IPTV services emerge, telecom companies face a fairly saturated pay-TV market in the U.S, as 82 per cent of all US households reported having a pay-TV subscription in 2006. According to a recent survey by Gartner, this is forecast to increase to 84 per cent by the end of 2011. While there are a […]

October 3, 2007

Wilkinson appointed COO of DTG

The Digital TV Group, the industry association for digital television in the UK, has appointed Keith Wilkinson as Commercial Director and Chief Operating Officer. Keith joins the Group from the BBC where he held the position of Project Director.

October 3, 2007

BBC buys into Lonely Planet

BBC Worldwide has bought a majority stake in travel guide company Lonely Planet. The corporation’s commercial arm has acquired a 75 per cent stake in the privately owned company. The Lonely Planet operation will boost BBC Worldwide’s travel output, which includes over 500 hours of travel programming such as Michael Palin’s New Europe and Planet […]

October 2, 2007

Lumer appointed CEO of RawFlow

RawFlow, peer-to-peer technology provider and the company behind the user-generated broadcast platform Selfcast, has revealed that former CEO and co-founder of Babelgum, Erik Lumer, has been appointed Chief Executive. Lumer will lead the company into a new phase of development with the launch of Selfcast as a disruptive free Web TV platform that lets anybody […]

October 2, 2007

Deutsche Telekom buys Orange Netherlands

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has concluded a deal to buy Dutch mobile phone and broadband Internet operator Orange Netherlands from France Telecom for E1.3 billion. Deutsche Telekom said it expects the combination to result in savings of about E1 billion over the next few years. About half of those savings would be generated in the first […]

October 1, 2007

MPAA sues sites

The Motion Picture Assn. of America has filed suit against two Web sites that it claims are allowing Internet users to view pirated films, many of which are still in theatres. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the major studios, seeks to shut cinematube.net and ssupload.com from further infringing on the copyrights of the MPAA […]

October 1, 2007

Liberty CEO says DirecTV-EchoStar merger unlikely

Greg Maffei, CEO and president of Liberty Media, said his company’s deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to gain control of DirecTV will give real market leverage to the Liberty’s media distribution holdings – but it’s unlikely the Government would let Liberty merge DirecTV with EchoStar. Analysts have speculated that such a merger could succeed […]

September 28, 2007

Bazalgette leaves Endemol

Peter Bazalgette is stepping down at Endemol as Chief Creative Officer. Marco Bassetti will become COO. Bazalgette will continue as an advisor to the Endemol board.

September 28, 2007

Ofcom joins speed debate

Existing broadband networks would be unable to cope with future bandwidth-hungry applications such as high-definition television, Ofcom has warned, as it unveiled proposals to encourage investment in ultra-fast networks. Ed Richards, CEO, said that it was possible that companies other than BT, the former state fixed-line phone monopoly, and Virgin Media, the cable TV group, […]

September 27, 2007