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Viacom CEO: content, not platform

From Colin Mann in Cannes Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman has identified new media as an area where the company was breaking new ground but stressed that the content had to come first, not the means by which it was distributed. “Our focus is on utilising digital platforms not to replace the TV experience but to […]

October 15, 2008

Legal downloads outstrip pirates

Legal music downloads have outstripped pirated tracks for the first time in the UK, according to a survey by Entertainment Media Research (EMR). The EMR survey of 1,500 consumers found that 51% legally purchased digital downloads. It’s the first time this figure outweighed the number of those who download illegally, which fell to 39% from […]

October 14, 2008

Premiere CMO quits

Premiere's chief marketing officer Oliver Kaltner is leaving the pay-TV operation after just three months in post. In a statement, Premiere said the Supervisory Board had accepted his resignation with immediate effect."I decided to leave Premiere immediately. It has been a very difficult decision for me leaving the company after just three months. I wish […]

October 10, 2008

Orange Cinema make up

Orange announced the details of the five new channels that are set to launch in France on November 13th as part of the Orange cinéma séries. The new channels include a main “feature film” channel, Orange cinemax, which is available in HD and includes the best of recent films and TV series shown for the […]

October 10, 2008

EC: CA is indispensable but should be cross border

In a changing market, it remains essential for the roll-out of pay-TV services that conditional-access systems be protected at European level against piracy. This is the verdict of a new report published from the European Commission. Such protection is also a vital precondition for the growth of new content distribution services like video on demand, […]

October 10, 2008

Copyright judges impose peace

Three US copyright judges have imposed a truce between songwriters, music labels and digital music services such as Apple's iTunes store by keeping royalties on CDs, downloads, online streaming services and ringtones broadly unchanged. The ruling from the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington gave none of the parties what they had asked for but allowed […]

October 6, 2008

Studios sue RealNetworks over DVD copying

RealNetworks and major film studios are off in a legal battle over a new product allowing consumers to make computer copies of DVDs that the studios claim is illegal. "RealNetworks’ RealDVD should be called StealDVD," Greg Goeckner, executive vice president and general counsel for the MPAA. "RealNetworks knows its product violates the law and undermines […]

October 3, 2008

ESPN Europe re-brands

Disney-backed sports broadcaster ESPN is to rebrand its European pay TV channel, North American Sports Network (NASN), as ESPN America.Disney said that the rebrand, due to coincide with the Super Bowl in the US on 1 February, 2009, will not change the channel’s programming. The rebrand follows ESPN’s acquisition of NASN in December 2006 from […]

October 3, 2008

Orange and LaCie's Home Library

Orange and LaCie, a major player of external data storage, have combined their expertise and capacity for innovation in the digital home field to develop "Home Library", which will be released in France from 10th October. The result of the first manufacturer/operator partnership in this field, this multimedia content server for the general public consists […]

October 3, 2008

Adobe fixes Amazon breach

Amazon.com is now adopting Adobe Systems ncryption on all television shows and movies found on its site. Last week, Amazon.com said it fixed a temporary problem that allowed people to record and copy from the online retailer’s video streaming service without paying.Adobe, whose software is used by Amazon.com to distribute movies and TV shows over […]

October 3, 2008