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Netgem merges with Glowria

Netgem has acquired the shares of institutional investors in Glowria, the leading French Internet DVD rental and a video on demand services operator. Glowria has up to now been financed…

Macrovision buys TV Guide

Macrovision is buying television listings provider Gemstar-TV Guide International for $2.8 billion in cash and stock. They say the combined company will allow consumers to pull up a guide on…

YooMedia in for Fresh

Digital entertainment group YooMedia has conditionally agreed to acquire 95.2 per cent of the issued share capital of Fresh Interactive Technologies, a Spanish interactive television company, and has conditionally raised…

Network Electronics acquires Video Products Group

Network Electronics has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Video Products Group, a provider of professional video/audio transport systems for local and wide area networks. Major carriers around the world…

Neotion gets E6m boost

MPEG-4 technology specialist Neotion has received a capital injection of E6 million. The prime investor is General Satellite Corporation (GSC), a fast-growing digital television receiver manufacturer. GSC has a strong…

Ofcom takes over premium rate ruling

UK regulator Ofcom is taking over premium-rate phone regulator PhonepayPlus (formerly Icstis) to take a tighter rein on the call-TV industry after a year of scandals. It's one measure to…

Nielsen will be piracy police

Ratings giant Nielsen wants to be the policeman in the battle over rights to video posted online. It is rolling out a new service that aims to ensure that video…

FCC probe

The US Federal Communications Commission is being investigated by the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight, prompted by criticisms of the FCC’s processes and what one official described as…

Bertelsmann mulls control of RTL

Bertelsmann is considering taking full control of RTL Group, Europe's largest broadcaster. Bertelsmann confirmed a WSJ report that it was possible it would make an offer for the 10.2 per…

Irdeto buys Cloakware

Irdeto announced it has acquired 100 per cent of Cloakware, a privately held software company based in Virginia, USA and Ottawa, Canada. Graham Kill, CEO of Irdeto said: “This acquisition…

Hunt for BBC1

Channel Five’s director of programmes, Jay Hunt, is the new controller of BBC1. The former controller of BBC daytime will replace Peter Fincham, who resigned following the “Crowngate” scandal.…

Harris acquires Zandar

Harris Corporation has acquired Zandar Technologies, a privately held developer and provider of high-quality multi-image display processors for television broadcast and professional video markets.…

Avail receives injection of capital, Espial deal

Avail Media, provider of IPTV and advanced media services to broadband operators, has closed the final tranche of a $25 million Series B equity round. First time investor Valhalla Partners…

PTO sides With TiVo over EchoStar

TiVo shares gained 25 per cent as the US Patent and Trademark Office upheld TiVo’s time-warp patent covering the company’s DVR technology. As reported, EchoStar had requested that the patent…

TRAI: Let telecom and cable operators offer IPTV

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has suggested that both telecom operators and cable TV operators should be allowed to offer IPTV. In a draft recommendation, the telecom regulator…