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Entriq acquiring DayPort

Entriq, the CA / DRM company, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DayPort, a player in video publishing, content, workflow, and syndication solutions.…

Viaccess to buy Orca

France Telecom subsidiary Viaccess has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Israel’s Orca Interactive for $21.4 million. Orca Interactive, a subsidiary of telecom group Emblaze, develops software for IPTV. It…

Virgin Media names Berkett CEO

Virgin Media has confirmed the appointment of Neil Berkett to the role of Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Berkett has been Acting Chief Executive Officer of the company since…

Russia to limit foreign owners?

Russia may limit foreign ownership of ISPs, broadcasters and publishing houses, extending a list of industries deemed strategic, a senior lawmaker told Reuters. Russia’s parliament is set to debate the…

Burns joins DailyMotion

Kate Burns, one of Google’s first UK managing director, has been hired to run the British operation of YouTube competitor Dailymotion. Burns has the job of increasing the online video…

TiVo Q4 loss narrows

Digital video recorder maker TiVo reported a narrower Q4 loss, beating expectations as it cut marketing costs and pushed its high-definition product. Its net loss decreased to $6.4 million from…

ITV profit downs, shares up

ITV lost £58 million from the call-TV crisis last year, as tumbling revenues from premium-rate services contributed to a 5 per cent decline in income and a 35 per cent…

RTL profits fall

RTL Group, Europe’s biggest broadcaster, posted a 37 per cent decline in 2007 profit because of one-time charges including a cartel fine in Germany and comparisons to 2006 when earnings…

FCC DTV education order

Federal Communications Commission has released its digital TV transition education order requiring broadcasters, pay-TV services, retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers to promote awareness of the nation’s switch to digital television,…

TRAI to review foreign owner limits

In view of convergence of broadcasting and communication technologies, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is to review Foreign Investment (FI) limits in the electronic media to provide level playing…

Kudelski sinks on hacks

Kudelski, the world’s largest supplier of digital pay-television smart cards through its Nagravision unit, said profit halved last year and earnings will decline further in 2008. The shares dropped to…

Canal+ 2007 net subs up

The total of subscribers in France and its overseas departments and territories and Africa, came to 5.3 million at December 31, 2007, representing an annual net increase of 80,000. The…

XM, Sirius still hanging on for merger

XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio extended their merger agreement until May 1, agreeing not to exercise their right to terminate the deal. There had been a March 1…

Tsinghua acquires 40% of BesTV

BesTV, China’s largest provider of IPTV, has agreed to sell a 40 per cent stake to Chinese PC maker Tsinghua Tongfang for 150 million yuan (E13.9m). BesTV, a Web TV…

Viacom positive Q4

Viacom reported a 16 per cent gain in fourth-quarter earnings as it benefited from DVD sales and a strong performance at its core cable television division. Viacom earned $559.5 million,…