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Rose quits on YouView

Rose quits on YouView

Anthony Rose, CTO of YouView on demand service, is to leave six months after his move over from project leader the BBC. Rose, who had been controller of online media…

Ericsson multimedia man moves to marketing

Ericsson has announced multimedia chief Jan Wareby will take over as head of sales and marketing. Wareby, head of Ericsson’s struggling multimedia unit, was previously head of sales and marketing…

Orbit-Showtime cuts off 5m pirates

Orbit-Showtime cuts off 5m pirates

Middle East pay-TV operator Orbit Showtime Network is about to initiate an improved conditional access system designed to disable an estimated five million pirates, many viewing on so-called Dreambox receivers.…

UK plans super fast broadband future

UK plans super fast broadband future

The UK Government has revealed plans to spend £830 million (€979m) in an effort to give the UK the best broadband network in Europe by 2015. An action plan –…

DVB choice under question in Colombia

The decision to adopt the DVB digital television standard in Colombia has been suspended. There are local reports of “irregularities” over the decision-making process which ended up with DVB being…

Liberty buys Poland’s Aster

Liberty buys Poland’s Aster

Liberty Global has announced an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the equity of Aster Sp. z.o.o (Aster Cable) from private equity funds of Mid Europa Partners. Poland’s Aster…

PALS to obtain Newtec ASBU-MENOS Open DSNG Certification for its satellite systems

Newtec, a global player in satellite communications, has announced that PALS Electronics has successfully achieved the Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) certification of its vehicle-mounted and fly drive satellite…

Macquarie expands sat-services stake

Australian investment funds managed by Macquarie have increased their holdings in the lucrative satellite and TV services sector. Various Macquarie funds already invest in UK-based Arqiva, and have just bought…

Google acquires Widevine

Shortly after announcing a series of measures better to protect against copyright infringement, Google has revealed it is to acquire digital media solutions provider Widevine with the intention of  improving…

Encompass scoops Ascent’s content distribution business

US-based digital media services provider Encompass Digital Media is to acquire the global content distribution business of Ascent Media Corporation for some $120 million, including approximately $113 million in cash…

Europe extends Sky deadline as concessions offered

  The European Commission has given itself an extra fortnight to consider the competition implications of News Corp’s bid to take control of Sky as News reportedly offers significant concessions…

MGM OK’d to exit bankruptcy

MGM OK’d to exit bankruptcy

Troubled Hollywood studio MGM on December 2nd saw its bankruptcy reorganisation plan approved by a New York court, and cleared the way for MGM to speedily exit its Chapter 11…

IABM training academy

The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) has announced the appointment of Roger Crumpton as director of education, employment, and training. The appointment coincides with the launch of the IABM’s…

SmarDTV to purchase Iwedia assets

SmarDTV, a Kudelski company, has entered into an agreement to purchase certain assets from French technology company Iwedia including the transfer of all staff from Iwedia to SmarDTV. “We are…

Diller steps down at IAC, Liberty sells up

Diller steps down at IAC, Liberty sells up

Barry Diller is stepping down as chief executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp, adding it had bought out one of its largest shareholders, John Malone’s Liberty Media. IAC said on Thursday Liberty had…