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Portugal Telecom signs up 21,000 for IPTV

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Portugal Telecom has signed up 21,000 so far for its IPTV service, 15,000 of which were added in the last three months of 2007. According…

Belgacom: 300,000+ IPTV

The Belgian incumbent has claimed 305,319 year end subs for its Belgacom TV IPTV service, adding 165,654 new homes in 2007. ARPU vice was E16.10 a month. The digital subs…

News and Liberty complete DirectTV deal

News Corp has confirmed the completion of an approximate $11 billion deal that gives Liberty Media control of the DirecTV satellite television business. As part of the deal, Liberty has…

Pakistan lifts YouTube ban

The Pakistani government has lifted a national ban on visiting YouTube. Late last week, the country ordered Pakistani ISPs to block the video-sharing website because of content deemed offensive to…

Scaberia, Secustream partnership

Scaberia, an Oslo based International Technology Consultancy and Secustream Technologies, a new player in software based content protection systems over IP, have signed a long term business contract. Scaberia will…

Fincham in at ITV

ITV has hired former BBC1 controller Peter Fincham to replace Simon Shaps as director of television. Fincham quit the BBC in the row over editing a programme trail in a…

BBC to plug C4 funding gap?

Channel 4 could be given a stake in the BBC’s commercial arm and launch a series of joint ventures with public bodies under radical plans being considered to plug a…

Virgin TV customer record

Virgin Media added 61,100 new cable TV customers in the final quarter claiming its best growth for seven years. It added a net figure of 24,400 new customers during the…

DISH slow Q4

DISH Network said it added about 85,000 net new subscribers in the quarter, giving the company about 13.78 million subscribers at the close of December. In fourth quarter 2006, the…

Sirius narrows loss

Sirius Satellite Radio says a surge in subs helped it narrow losses in Q4 to $166m down from $245m a year ago. It ended the quarter with 8.3m subs, up…

Pakistan bans YouTube

Pakistan’s government has banned access to the video-clip website YouTube because of anti-Islamic movies posted on the site. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority told the country’s 70 Internet service providers that…

FCC to OK DirecTV, Liberty deal

The Federal Communications Commission is set to finally OK Liberty Media’s purchase of a controlling stake in DirecTV. The Justice Department is also reviewing the deal. The deal, which was…

Goldstone partners Synap for IPTV in Thailand

Software services firm Goldstone has launched Internet protocol IPTV services in Thailand in partnership with Synap Media. The company has also signed IPTV distribution agreements for France, Belgium, Spain, Morocco…

News Corp raises stake in Premiere

News Corp has increased its stake in German pay television operator Premiere to nearly 20 per cent. The company acquired an initial stake of 14.6 per cent in January from…

UK leans on ISPs over illegal downloads

The UK government is to consult on legislation to punish Internet service providers if they fail to take action against the illegal downloading of music, films and TV programmes. The…