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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

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

ITV fumes over Airey

ITV has reportedly threatened to take legal action against departing executive Dawn Airey, who quit her job as managing director of global content to rejoin Channel Five. However, with wider business interests at stake – such as the relationship between ITV and Five’s owner, RTL Group, and the key programmes the latter produces for the […]

May 5, 2008

Comcast profit, but getting tougher

Comcast has reported quarterly profits of $588 million excluding one-time gains, compared with $537 million last year. Last year, Comcast posted a $300 million gain from the dissolution of a cable partnership with Time Warner Cable. Revenue was up 14 per cent to $8.39 billion in the latest quarter. Revenue rose as people spent more […]

May 5, 2008

NDS revenue up 20%

NDS announced operating results for the quarter ended March 31, with revenue for Q3 up 20 per cent to $213.3 million; whilst operating income rose 21 per cent to $43.3 million. The company also revealed it now has distributed 86.9 million active digital TV smart cards and has 83.1 million cumulative middleware clients deployed. Commenting […]

May 2, 2008

Nativ launches Mio

Nativ, the video distribution specialist, has launched Mio Workflow, what the company claims is the media industry's first fully managed service to enable broadcasters, brand owners and advertisers to distribute content across any platform. Mio Workflow provides the tools necessary to ingest, re-purpose, protect and distribute raw video assets across the entire range of distribution […]

May 2, 2008

TW spins out cable, income slides

Announcing Q1 results Time Warner's CEO Jeff Bewkes finally confirmed the company's intention to spin off TE's 84 per cent stake in Time Warner Cable, the country's second-largest operator. But no details were immediately given on how the Time Warner Cable stock would be separated. “We've decided that a complete structural separation of Time Warner […]

May 1, 2008

Airey quits ITV for Five

Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster ITV has revealed the shock news that its managing director of global content, Dawn Airey, had resigned with immediate effect, less than a year after she joined the company. She will be taking an extended period of gardening leave prior to joining pan-European broadcaster RTL Group in a senior position, including […]

May 1, 2008

SARFT plans overseas promotion of CMMB

The China Academy of Broadcasting Science has held a meeting to promote overseas partnerships on the CMMB standard, with senior officials from SARFT’s Science and Technology Department, the Academy itself, the S2M Group and Loral Space and Communications. Deputy director of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) Zhang Haitao said he hopes […]

May 1, 2008

FCC gives more time for HD

Satellite companies gained a victory when the Federal Communications Commission voted to allow them to phase in a requirement that they carry all HD signals in any market where they carry any after the February 2009 switch to digital TV by all full-power TV stations. The commission also ruled that DirecTV's and Dish Network’s requirement […]

March 31, 2008