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PCCW reports interim results for 2007

Hong Kong telco PCCW, the world's leading IPTV provider, has reported stronger growth of its core telecom, media and ICT business segments in the first half of 2007 as the…

Rights war blanks Madrid derby

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish football TV war between Sogecable and Mediapro, main shareholder in commercial channel La Sexta, prevented viewers outside of Spain from watching the…

NBC buys Sparrowhawk

NBC Universal has agreed to acquire Sparrowhawk and its global portfolio of pay TV channels, including the international Hallmark Channels, from Providence Equity Partners, 3i and management shareholders. The announcement…

DIG takes 40% stake in Indian IPTV

Dubai Investment Group (DIG has acquired through its subsidiary Dubai Ventures, a 40 per cent stake in Time Broadband Services, India's newest IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) service provider. Having extensive…

Telekom Austria buys MRS

Telekom Austria Group has bought the interactive TV voting company Mass Response Service GmbH (MRS) from the Dutch company Twister Media Group for around E19.5 million as part of its…

Burch frozen out in June

Virgin Media chief executive Steve Burch was frozen out of the company’s sale process for two and a half months before his exit this week, according to a company filing…

Spain: Sogecable and Mediapro in a blazing row

From David Del Valle in Madrid With TV football broadcasts in the air, Sogecable and Mediapro are intensifying their respective attacks. Sogecable has accused Mediapro of pirating the TV signal…

Belgacom helped by TV

Belgacom reported profit that beat analyst estimates for the second quarter on higher sales of high-speed Internet access and raised its forecasts for mobile-phone and fixed-line revenue. Net income rose…

Macquarie after C&M

A consortium including Macquarie Bank's South Korean private equity arm and MBK Partners is set to acquire a 30 per cent stake in the country's second biggest cable TV group…

Alcatel Lucent loses top execs

The turbulent 10-months at Alcatel Lucent has claimed two senior victims. Mike Quigley, the Australian once tipped to be chief executive of the French group, and Frank D'Amelio, the former…

OFT to look at CRR

The Office of Fair Trading will make its decision on whether to review contracts rights renewal by the end of summer. With the start of the TV trading season –…

Cavalier in SecureMedia deal

Digital media protection specialist SecureMedia has been acquired by US competitive communications provider Cavalier Telephone and TV. SecureMedia will remain an independent company, servicing current customers while pursuing new worldwide.…

Bosco for MySpaceTV.

Tom Bosco will oversee sales of video advertising across MySpace. “Tom’s proven track record of driving revenue around online-video products gives MySpaceTV an incredible advantage in the marketplace going forward.…

Copyright warnings 'too heavy'

An association of computer and communication companies, including Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, accused several professional sports leagues, book publishers and other media companies of misleading and threatening consumers with overstated…

Widevine alleges patent breach

Widevine has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Verimatrix for unspecified damages. The lawsuit comes following attempts by Widevine to openly license its intellectual property to Verimatrix. Widevine claims it…

Virgin Media appoints Oxby

Graeme Oxby has replaced Alan Gow as MD of Virgin Media. He will report to Neil Berkett, Virgin Media’s chief operating officer and will be responsible for driving Virgin Mobile’s…