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ARC buys IP specialist

Configurable processor specialist ARC International has bought multimedia IP developer Alarity Corporation, for £2 million (E2.9 million) in cash. The bulk of Alarity’s development team is based in St. Petersburg,…

Arris buys C-COR

Arris Group is to pay $730 million (E517m) in a mix of cash and stock for C-COR Incorporated. Arris says with over 250 customers around the world, the companies collectively…

Phone in scandal results in £250k fine

Icstis, the UK's premium-rate phone regulator, has issued a record £250,000 (E360,050) fine over fraudulent phone-in competitions on ITV show GMTV that 18 million callers entered but had no chance…

Subs sue for a la carte

Some cable subscribers are suing to get their programming a la carte. A multimillion-dollar class-action suit has been filed against the major cable programmers and operators for violating antitrust laws…

Alcatel-Lucent buys Tamblin

Alcatel-Lucent announced it has acquired Tamblin, a privately held software company that provides applications and tool kits that will enhance Alcatel-Lucent’s solution for enabling IPTV users to find, connect and…

Ofcom: BBC HD channel OK

Ofcom's Market Impact Assessment (MIA) has ruled that the BBC's plans to introduce a new mixed genre digital TV channel in high definition format, available free-to-view without advertising, is unlikely…

Canadian regulator to give TV, cable operators more leeway

Canada’s broadcasting regulator should give more flexibility to cable operators and television stations on advertising, Canadian content and channel packages, according to a report commissioned by the Canadian Radio-television and…

Dolgen and Freston join Veoh investors

Former Viacom president and CEO Tom Freston has joined a growing list of investors in Internet TV service Veoh Networks. Freston, who left Viacom a year ago, took part in…

Porn against piracy

A total of 65 producers of adult movies, their lawyers and other employees have organised a conference, where possible measures to be taken against piracy will be discussed. Data shows…

Alcatel-Lucent plunges on warning

Alcatel-Lucent plunges on warning Shares in Alcatel-Lucent fell by as much as 14 per cent in Paris after it shocked the market with its third proit warning this year. The…

Prince combats illegal downloads

Music artist Prince is threatening to sue a host of major websites, including YouTube, eBay and Pirate Bay, as part of a legal initiative to “reclaim the Internet” from piracy.…

Technetix buys Foentel

UK Cable component supplier Technetix has bought its Spanish equivalent Foentel. It is the intention of Technetix to merge this business with its existing Spanish operation Tratec Telecom España, broadening…

China narrows final mobile TV spec to CMMB, TDBM

Du Baichuan, former CTO of China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has confirmed that “China will have two mobile TV standards by the end of this year: CMMB…

FCC sets cable requirement for digital switchover

US communications regulators have approved new rules designed to ensure that cable television subscribers who own analogue TV sets will still have access to local broadcast TV channels following the…

Mediaset profits, secures content

Italian broadcaster Mediaset posted first-half net profits up 2.5 per cent at E340.8m, on revenue 4.2 per cent higher at E2.08bn, citing higher revenues from its pay-per-view division and Spanish…

DoJ blow to Internet neutrality

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has backed US telcos, warning regulators against imposing 'net neutrality' rules that would block carriers from charging content providers premium prices to prioritise some…