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News Corp sticks with iTunes

News Corp has no plans to pull its television shows from iTunes like NBC Universal, but has echoed the media industry’s calls for Apple to offer more flexible pricing. Peter Chernin, News Corp’s president and chief operating officer, said News was not in a dispute with Apple , though it would like a bigger voice […]

September 13, 2007

iTunes movie rentals?

Apple is said to be talking with major Hollywood studios about adding 30-day rentals to its iTunes online media store. Apple is believed to be working towards starting the new service some time in the fall which would offer a 30-day rental for $2.99. A deal would allow iPod users to watch movies during the […]

September 13, 2007

ROK inks deal with Warid Telecom

ROK Entertainment, the UK-based mobile applications development company, has reached agreement with Pakistan mobile operator, Warid Telecom, to provide streamed mobile TV over Warid’s existing 2.5G network. Warid Telecom – part owned by Singtel – aim to launch the multi-channel TV offering in a matter of weeks as a subscription-based service.

September 13, 2007

TV4: Over 100 shows for download

TV4U, the 42 channel broadband network offering free Internet TV, has expanded its deal with Brightcove and now offers more than 100 classic TV and classic sports shows for download. Tv4U also plans to add an additional 100 shows to its Brightcove based download service in the coming weeks. Eventually, TV4U plans to offer all […]

September 12, 2007

3 Italia mobile football

3 Italia has launched “Scendi in campo con 3”, the new Italian Mobile TV offer dedicated to football. Subscribers can view Serie A football matches and Sky's coverage of the Champions League. Users will also have the chance to watch live the best of international football with the most interesting matches of Premiership, Bundesliga, Liga, […]

September 12, 2007

Disney to close abc1

Walt Disney Television is to axe US entertainment channel abc1, which also has a valuable Freeview slot in the UK. Disney said its inability to extend the channel’s Freeview hours into peak-time was a key factor in the decision.

September 11, 2007

NME video content

Popular music website NME.com has confirmed a major revamp to its video content, releasing more than 50 exclusive backstage interviews through iTunes and centralising the site’s video archive in a dedicated channel. All the video content is free to download and watch, although publisher IPC Ignite Digital is exploring how to commercialise the services through […]

September 11, 2007

DIC launches kid's channel

DIC Entertainment has launched KidsCo, a joint venture children’s channel it owns along with Sparrowhawk Media and Corus Entertainment, in Romania, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, and Poland. The children’s brand management company said carriage deals have been signed in Ukraine, where KidsCo will be launched next month, and in Asia Pacific, which will receive the service […]

September 10, 2007

Virgin news channel?

Virgin Media is exploring the possibility of launching a dedicated news channel with ITN as content supplier. The mooted Virgin News, which would likely broadcast on a 24-hour rolling format, would effectively complete the replacement of Sky's basic channels package, which was removed from the cable broadcaster's platform, following confirmed plans for general entertainment channel […]

September 10, 2007

FA auctions international rights

The English Football Association has put out the tender for the international broadcast rights to air live FA Cup and England home matches from 2008 to 2012. The FA is offering four overseas packages covering the FA Cup, FA Community Shield and other FA competitions, as well as England Senior and U21 matches. A bid […]

August 30, 2007