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Profits grow at BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has reported a 17 per cent increase in year-on-year operating profits of £117.7 million (E144m), on turnover up 13 per cent to £916.3 million, a margin of 13 per cent. In terms of the trading outlook for BBC Worldwide, chief executive John Smith said the current worsening global economic situation "indicated that profits […]

July 9, 2008

OTE selects ODG to manage on-demand service

On Demand Group (ODG), a subsidiary of SeaChange International, will provide an outsourced video-on-demand solution to the Hellenic Telecommunication Organisation (OTE). OTE, Greece's largest telco with 5 million fixed lines and over 700,000 broadband customers, has plans to extend its service offering and roll-out IPTV services to its customer base

July 9, 2008

Military History advances

The Military History channel is to launch in the UK and Ireland after securing capacity on Sky Digital. It is the first time the brand has appeared as a linear channel outside the United States. Play out and sales will be handled by The History Channel (UK), a joint venture between AETN and BSkyB. “Military […]

July 8, 2008

NBC agrees Weather Channel deal

NBC Universal and private equity firms Bain Capital and Blackstone Group have agreed to buy The Weather Channel from Landmark Communications. The terms of the deal have not been revealed, but the price tag is reported to have been almost $3.5 billion. The channel will be run as a separate business from the company’s other […]

July 8, 2008

CASBAA cheers breakthrough piracy order

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the Philippines has served its first ever temporary restraining order (TRO) against a pirate cable operator – Turtle Cable, a company in Baao, Camarines Sur province – for copyright infringement. This latest move by the IPO has been applauded by the international pay-TV industry. The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting […]

June 27, 2008

Turksat selects Conax

Cable TV and satellite operator Turksat has chosen to deploy a Conax CAS7 conditional access solution for the new Turksat DTV platform. The unique cable operator in Turkey, Turksat serves over 1.7 million homes across the region. Partnering between Broadcast Group Turkey and Conax to deploy a content security solution will enable Turksat to focus […]

May 28, 2008

Piracy still rampant in UAE

Satellite and cable operators in the UAE say efforts to put an end to pay TV piracy have failed thus far. “Piracy is harming our business but we cannot put a definite number on the customers lost,” e-vision CEO Humaid Rashid Sahoo told Emirates Business. “Broadcasting from other countries such as India and South Africa […]

May 23, 2008

Piracy still rampant in UAE

Satellite and cable operators in the UAE say efforts to put an end to pay TV piracy have failed thus far. “Piracy is harming our business but we cannot put a definite number on the customers lost,” e-vision CEO Humaid Rashid Sahoo told Emirates Business. “Broadcasting from other countries such as India and South Africa […]

May 23, 2008

BBFC ratings online

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has launched a voluntary online ratings scheme, extending its established ratings labels to digital downloads and computer games. Web stores and services that sign up to the content ratings system, called BBFC Online, will apply the guidance labels to downloaded and streamed films, TV shows and computer games […]

May 22, 2008

MGM on Sky Italia

MGM Networks, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, has signed an agreement with News Corp's Sky Italia, one of Europe's largest subscriptions television platforms and the leading pay television service in Italy, to launch a local language version of the MGM Channel beginning June 1st. The deal marks the MGM channel's debut in Italy.

May 22, 2008