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Canal+ probed over TV channel contracts

France’s competition council has launched an investigation into exclusive broadcasting contracts between pay-TV operator Canal+ and certain specialist channels. The inquiry stems from a complaint lodged last year from French…

Italian regulators investigate football rights

Italian antitrust officials are set to probe into the competition-related aspects of a new law that dictates how Italian football television coverage is shared. The investigation is the latest in…

Kudelski acquires EDSI

The Kudelski Group announced the acquisition of EDSI, a leading provider of secure smartcard solutions for Pay TV and banking applications. EDSI is located in France. It was established in…

Geldof for Teacher TV

A consortium including Bob Geldof’s independent production company, Ten Alps, and ITN is to retain the Teachers TV digital television contract after being named as the government’s preferred supplier. Education…

Abertis strengthens its TV network monopoly

From David Del Valle in Madrid Spain’s telco operator Abertis Telecom is strengthening its dominant position as the largest TV broadcasting carrier in the market following the acquisition of Madrid-based…

Changes to DSL forum board

Four of Europe's leading telecommunications network operators have been elected to the DSL Forum Board of Directors. The new members include Kevin Foster, of BT; Christophe Alter, from France Telecom;…

Viacom can't 'punish' Google

Viacom cannot amend its complaint against Google in its $1 billion copyright lawsuit to add a claim for punitive damages, a US judge has ruled. District Judge Louis Stanton denied…

Sony makes offer for 2waytraffic

Sony Pictures Entertainment is making an offer of E156 million for Dutch entertainment company, 2waytraffic the company which creates, produces, licenses and distributes light entertainment content across television, mobile and…

AOL swoops for bargain Bebo

AOL, the Internet arm of Time Warner is set to pay $850 million to acquire social media network Bebo, which has total global membership of more than 40 million. Bebo…

Ofcom drops PSP

The Ofcom chief executive, Ed Richards, has confirmed the UK regulator is to abandon plans for a “public service publisher”. He said the idea had “served its purpose” in shifting…

GridNetworks raises additional capital

GridNetworks, provider of managed Internet television delivery services, has announced that Cisco Systems has made an investment as a strategic investor in GridNetwork's first round funding. With this latest investment,…

Google completes DoubleClick purchase

Google has completed its $3.1 billion acquisition of online advertising group DoubleClick after receiving the green light from European competition authorities, setting the stage for a broader push into the…

MTG sells DTV to CTC

Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment broadcasting group is selling national Russian free-to-air television network 'DTV Group' to CTC Media for approximately $395 million on cash. MTG owns 39.5…

Highwinds raises $55m

Highwinds Network Group, a multi-platform IP services and content distribution provider, has closed a $55 million round of equity financing led by General Catalyst Partners and Alta Communications. The financing…

Rubery joins Electra

Co-founder of Pace Micro Technology Barry Rubery is returning to the digital TV industry by joining interactive technology provider Electra Entertainment as Chief Executive. Rubery joins Electra coinciding with the…