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Ross takes Disney studio role

Disney Channels Worldwide President Rich Ross has been named chairman of Walt Disney Studios overseeing production, distribution and marketing for all of Disney's movie labels, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Miramax and Disney/Pixar. In addition, he'll also head Disney's theatrical and music groups. He reports to Disney prexy and CEO Bob Iger. Ross succeeds Dick […]

October 7, 2009

Virgin and BT make joint pay-TV submission

Virgin Media and BT have attacked BSkyB's pricing mechanism for its premium channels in a joint submission to Ofcom's pay-TV inquiry. The companies say Sky's "near monopoly" restricts consumer choice and keeps prices high. Ofcom has already recommended it should regulate the wholesale price of Sky's premium channels. The two companies, plus Freeview provider Top-Up […]

October 7, 2009

Anti-piracy group drops claim against ISP

Days before the BitTorrent piracy case involving Aussie ISP iiNet goes to court, anti-piracy group AFACT has made a second legal retreat. The group, which represents Hollywood movie studios, has now dropped its claims that iiNet engaged in primary acts of copyright infringement. Next week, the case of Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros, Paramount […]

October 7, 2009

Cable must be wary of free content

CTAM cable marketing delegates have been warned that business models must be in place before they provide content everywhere. Thomas Franzen, CEO of Swedish cable operator Com Hem, said subscribers had a right to expect access to their content but he said too many rushed to provide free services for fear of being left out […]

September 30, 2009

Warner, YouTube near deal for music videos

Warner Music Group and YouTube are finalising an agreement that would allow music videos from artists to once again be featured on the popular video portal. The deal would resolve a dispute over licensing rights that caused Warner Music to pull music videos by its artists from Google's YouTube in December. A deal would mean […]

September 30, 2009

Virgin, Disney three-screen deal

Virgin Media has made a major agreement with Disney featuring a raft of new kids' content to be made available across Virgin Media's three entertainment platforms. This is the first deal of its kind for Virgin Media, and means customers will soon be able to watch Disney content in their home or on the move. […]

September 17, 2009

France approves online piracy bill

France’s lower house of parliament has approved the '3 strikes' bill allowing authorities to cut off Internet access to people who download illegally. The measure passed in the National Assembly following approval by the Senate in July. It must clear another hurdle to become law, gaining approval from a small committee from both houses of […]

September 16, 2009

Hulu to go part-pay?

Two of the partners in Hulu — News Corp. and NBC Universal hinted at an investor conference that they are investigating the possibility of further monetizing the online video venture, including charging a subscription for the service. “Are we looking at it with a view toward adding subscription services and pay per view? Yes we […]

September 16, 2009

Veoh not liable for pirated video

A federal judge in the US has ruled that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbour provisions protected Veoh, the video-sharing site – from liability for hosting pirated clips uploaded by users. “The DMCA does not place the burden of ferreting out infringement on the service provider,” the judge said. Universal Music had sued Veoh […]

September 16, 2009

CBS programming venture with Chello

CBS Studios has signed a programming deal with Chello Media. The joint venture, the first of its kind by CBS outside the US, will put thousands of hours of classic television on Chello's Zone channels, including Star Trek and Dynasty. The terms of the joint venture have not been released, but they will see Chello's […]

September 15, 2009