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BBC Trust unveils strategy

A new strategy to deliver more distinctive, high quality programmes, improved value for money and greater transparency for all audiences has been published by the BBC Trust, the body that sets BBC strategy and top-level budgets . Launching the final conclusions of the Strategy Review, BBC Trust Chairman Sir Michael Lyons stressed that the BBC […]

December 15, 2010From Colin Mann in London

Scripps eyes Virgin’s UKTV stake

Scripps Networks Interactive is in talks to buy Virgin Media’s 50 per cent stake in cable operator UKTV for about $500 million, the Wall Street Journal has reported. UKTV is a joint venture between Virgin and BBC Worldwide and currently consists of the channels: Alibi, Dave, Eden, Gold, Blighty, Good Food, Watch, Home. Really and […]

December 15, 2010

RTL, Time Warner want Dogan TV assets

Six bidders are reportedly in a race to pick up broadcasting assets from Turkish media giant Dogan Yayin. Discovery Communications, Time Warner and RTL are amongst the potential bidders reported by FT to likely proceed to the second round of the bidding process. TV channels Kanal D and Star are amongst the assets up for […]

December 15, 2010By Chris Forrester

ATIS IIF launches stereoscopic 3DTV quality initiative

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions’ (ATIS) IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF) has launched a new work programme to address Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) for Stereoscopic 3D IPTV. Stereoscopic 3D is a rapidly developing area, but further data collection is necessary in order to best understand user perceptions of quality.  To […]

December 15, 2010

Verimatrix certifies SMiT CAM

Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, has certified the SMiT conditional access module (CAM) for use in VCAS for DVB secured networks targeting broadcast consumer devices and professional receivers. Shenzhen State Micro Technology Co., Ltd (SMiT), a global designer and provider of CAM devices, is […]

December 15, 2010

Platform strengthens management and client services team

Platform the specialist PR and marketing agency for the broadcast, digital media and mobile industry, has strengthened its core management team with a number of new hires and promotions. The expansion comes off the back of a number of client wins and a growing demand for PR and communications from the industry. Gay Bell, CEO […]

December 15, 2010

Intelsat and Eutelsat want Canada’s Telesat

Global satellite provider Intelsat is in the lead to buy Canada’s Telesat. According to reports, Intelsat is now the front runner in the bidding battle to buy the Canadian satellite operator, and is seen to be ahead in the process thanks to a complex restructuring which will therefore comply with US anti-monopoly regulations. Eutelsat is […]

December 14, 2010Chris Forrester

Entertainment coalition lends weight to Viacom vs. YouTube

An entertainment industry coalition representing the major studios and the independent motion picture and television programming industry has filed an amicus (interested party) brief in the case of Viacom versus YouTube. The brief filed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) urges the Court of Appeals […]

December 14, 2010

BBC warns of service closures

The BBC has admitted that TV, radio and online services could be at risk as the corporation seeks cost savings in the face of October’s licence fee settlement. Michael Lyons, the outgoing BBC Trust chairman, said he “could not rule out” the closure of certain services given the tough licence fee settlement, as he unveiled […]

December 14, 2010

Australia: Convergence Review

The Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy has released draft Terms of Reference for a comprehensive review of the country’s communications and media regulation. Senator Conroy said technological innovations were rapidly leading to a converged media age and it was time to review current media and communications regulations. “You […]

December 14, 2010