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City Telecom eyes TV licence

Hong Kong-based telecommunications services provider City Telecom is seeking a television licence. The company has submitted a licence application for a ‘Domestic Free Television Programme Service’ in Hong Kong. City…

Orion's creditors agree sale of Tele Columbus

Creditors of indebted German cable company Orion have agreed a deal that will see Tele Columbus, one of its operating companies, sold to a new company. Shareholders of Orion will…

BBC Trust provisional approval for Canvas, denies Fetch

The BBC Trust has given its provisional approval to the BBC’s involvement in Project Canvas, saying that the likely public value of the proposal justifies any potential negative market impact.…

Netflix sued over recommendation contest

Netflix has been sued in a class-action claim because of what plaintiffs say were privacy violations stemming from a contest that used customers’ ratings to help improve the movie-rental service’s…

News Corp raises stake in Sky Deutschland

News Corp has said it will raise its stake in German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland AG to 45.4 per cent. News Corp will pay between E110 million E120 million…

Equity firms eye Motorola’s STB unit

Motorola’s sell off its set top box unit has ignited serious interest from major private equity firms. Motorola is reported to be selling the unit that had $10.1 billion in…

Irdeto acquires Philips White Box

Irdeto, the CA/DRM specialist, has acquired Philips Electronics’ full suite of white-box cryptology patents, patent applications, software and knowledge, to significantly booster its existing IP portfolio for its Irdeto Cloakware…

Belden acquires Telecast

Telecast Fiber Systems has been acquired by Belden. Both companies make cable and wiring products with a focus on the broadcast industry. Telecast specialises in fibre-optic systems. Belden has global…

Canvas OK says BBC Trust

Although no official announcement is made until this morning, the BBC Trust is giving a provisional go-ahead for Project Canvas. Set-top boxes using Canvas software are expected to be available…

Spain's twin TV mergers for 2010

From David Del Valle in Madrid Two TV mergers between Mediaset-controlled Tele 5 and Prisa-owned Cuatro and between Antena 3 and La Sexta will reshape the Spanish TV market as…

Branson geek squad

Richard Branson has launched a 'geek squad' to help consumers with problems like computers that crash, wireless networks that won’t connect or games consoles that refuse to connect with other…

SeeSaw Managing Editor

SeeSaw, the online TV service owned by broadcaster Arqiva, has appointed Dan Watt-Smith as managing editor. He was previously chief mobile editor at online video-on-demand broadcaster Babelgum. Watt-Smith said, “The…

Barron is COO of Virgin

Virgin Media's strategy head Andrew Barron has been named chief operating officer.Barron joined Virgin Media in March 2008 and since then has led the company’s strategy development and, more recently,…

Widevine raises further $15m

Widevine, the cardless CAS vendor has raised another $15 million of development capital from Samsung Ventures and Liberty Global and a third corporation, each of which have become strategic shareholders…

KIT digital and Latinstock join forces

KIT digital, a global provider of on-demand software solutions for managing and monetising Internet Protocol (IP)-based video assets, has formed an operating joint venture agreement with Buenos Aires and São…