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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

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

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

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

Macquarie, MBK seal C&M deal

Australia’s Macquarie Group and private equity house MBK Partners have completed a $2 billion joint acquisition of South Korea’s number 2 cable TV operator C&M. The deal made the unlisted company the first Korean cable TV operator owned by private equity funds. The country’s adoption of digital and broadband TV services raise hopes for further […]

March 31, 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

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

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