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Sony and Disney buy FilmFlex

FilmFlex, the cable movies VOD service in UK, has been bought by Sony Pictures and Disney. The two studios already owned a third each of the business, and acquired the remaining third held by SeaChange subsidiary OnDemand Group. The stake was acquired for approximately $14.5 million

January 10, 2008

MTVN expands net syndication

MTV Networks has unveiled its targeted online syndication strategy, announcing partnerships with select online video sites to deliver a vast library of video content from MTVN’s popular brands. These sites include Dailymotion, GoFish, imeem, MeeVee and Veoh, and join AOL, Bebo, Comcast’s Fancast, Joost and MSN to comprise MTVN’s portfolio of online syndication partners. MTVN’s […]

January 10, 2008

Red Bee appoints Poulter

Red Bee Media has appointed former Miva European MD Adam Poulter as its executive commercial director. Poulter, who left the performance network last year, had previously been CEO at digital content distribution specialist IMD

January 10, 2008

Carter for Brown

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed Stephen Carter, the former chief executive of Ofcom, as his key strategy adviser. The 43-year-old, who is currently chief executive of corporate communications company Brunswick Group will be the principal special adviser in No10 and will be in charge of political strategy, communications and research. He will attend […]

January 9, 2008

Ka-band for Eutelsat

Satellite operators Eutelsat has selected EADS Astrium to deliver its first satellite operating exclusively in Ka-band frequencies. The satellite will form the cornerstone of a major new satellite infrastructure programme designed to expand significantly capacity for consumer broadband services across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, while providing new opportunities for local and regional television markets. […]

January 9, 2008

blinkx Partners with ITN Source

blinkx has formed a partnership with ITN Source, one of the world’s leading providers of professional video content, to give blinkx viewers direct access to ITN Source’s market-leading collection of moving image libraries and stock footage on the Web. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against the footage, and […]

January 9, 2008

News Corp scoops Premiere stake

News Corporation has acquired a 14.58 per cent stake in German pay-TV operator Premiere, in a E287 million cash deal, making it the company’s biggest single shareholder. The shares were acquired from Unitymedia, Germany’s second largest cable MSO, which took the holding in February 2007 as part of a deal which enabled Premiere to show […]

January 9, 2008

U targets single market for online content

The European Commission wants to give a boost to Europe’s online content sector. The Commission is encouraging the content industry, telecoms companies and ISPs to work together to make available more content online, while at the same time ensuring a robust protection of intellectual property rights. The Commission published “Creative Content Online in Europe’s Single […]

January 8, 2008

YouTube ban in China

In a move aimed at YouTube and other smaller rivals, the Chinese authorities announced that all video-sharing websites must have official government approval before they can be accessed by Chinese surfers. New rules governing online content announced by the state administration of radio, film and television also stipulate that from the end of January only […]

January 7, 2008

NBC takes stake In India's NDTV

NBC Universal has taken a major stake of around 30 per cent in NDTV's UK arm in a deal rumoured to be worth $100 million. The stake is in NDTV Networks Plc, the UK-registered company which owns five subsidiaries of NDTV: NDTV Imagine Limited, NDTV Lifestyle Limited, NDTV Convergence Limited and NDTV Labs Limited and […]

January 7, 2008