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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

BBC and ITV try to stop Tvguide.co.uk

The BBC and ITV have sought legal advice to determine whether the deep-linking that online TV listings site TVguide.co.uk does to their online video streaming is legal or not. TVguide.co.uk, which has some 1 million unique visitors a month doing some 8 million page impressions, offers its users direct access to unbranded content from the […]

March 31, 2008

Gale at Five

BBC commissioning editor Ben Gale has been confirmed as Five’s new director of programmes. Gale will replace Jay Hunt when she takes on the role of BBC One controller.

March 27, 2008

JoD OK's Sirius, XM merger

The US Justice Department has approved the merger of satellite-radio companies Sirius and XM Satellite Radio leaving one more major regulatory hurdle — the Federal Communications Commission — before a deal that was given little chance of success can be completed. The companies proposed their merger in February 2007 as a way to bolster satellite […]

March 26, 2008

ONO on the up

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain's largest cable company ONO is financially performing well. The operator ended the year with an EBITDA of E642 million, up 14.9 per cent against 2006. The company has made a drastic cut in non-profitable divisions and has increased its ARPU with a rise of 6.8 per cent (E1,176 […]

March 26, 2008

BT appoints BBC strategist

BT has appointed a former BBC policy adviser as its first head of media and convergence policy as it moves further into the media sector. The appointment of Simon Milner comes as BT is pulled into regulatory arguments about so-called converged services, which pull together online and broadcast offerings. Take-up of BT Vision has been […]

March 26, 2008

Canal+ probed over TV channel contracts

France’s competition council has launched an investigation into exclusive broadcasting contracts between pay-TV operator Canal+ and certain specialist channels. The inquiry stems from a complaint lodged last year from French group AB claiming Canal+ has blocked its channels from being broadcast on certain broadband Internet services. Canal+ a unit of Vivendi, has exclusive contracts with […]

March 21, 2008

FCC ruling opens door for satellite

DBS operators have a significant opportunity to gain market share in the pay-TV space thanks to a recently upheld FCC ruling on multiple dwelling units according to the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association. Now that The National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s motion to stay the FCC’s November 2007, order has been denied, satellite providers are […]

March 21, 2008

Intelsat revenue up, still losses

Intelsat has reported record annual revenues of $2.183.1 billion for 2007. But the satellite operator still recorded a net loss of $192 million. In Q4 it posted record revenues of $575.5 million with a loss of $2.6 million. CEO Dave McGlade said: “In 2007, Intelsat demonstrated the ability to deliver revenue growth, improved operating profit […]

March 21, 2008

More ad breaks for UK TV?

Media regulator Ofcom has proposed increasing the number of advertising breaks allowed on UK television. Ofcom has suggested scrapping a rule that requires 20 minutes of programming between advertising breaks on commercial channels. The regulator is also considering giving channels the right to decide how often they want to show ads, the newspaper said. Ofcom […]

March 21, 2008