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Discovery, Advance merge for new public co.

Discovery Holding Company and Advance/Newhouse Programming Partnership announced that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent pursuant to which DHC and Advance/Newhouse will combine their stakes in Discovery Communications.…

Omneon acquires Castify Networks

Omneon, provider of media server and active storage systems for the broadcast and digital content storage markets, has acquired Castify Networks, a provider of software-based solutions for managing the distribution…

Competition rule on Sky soon

The UK Competition Commission is expected to file its report on Sky with the government shortly and reports say it will recommend Sky's stake in ITV is cut to below…

BBC aims to buy out UKTV

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is reportedly trying to buy cable group Virgin Media’s share of UKTV, the TV channel business that the two organisations jointly own.…

Murdoch-go-round at Sky

Rupert Murdoch has effectively confirmed son James Murdoch is his choice to take over News Corp. For now, James moves up at Sky to become non-exec chairman, while becoming CEO…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…