Advanced Television


MPA CEO backs European anti-piracy efforts

Motion Picture Association (MPA) Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd used his keynote speech at the CineEurope event in Amsterdam to remind exhibitors about the strong ties that bind motion picture studios and theatre owners, and their shared commitment to strengthening the motion picture industry by stopping pervasive movie theft and driving innovation to meet […]

June 29, 2011By Colin Mann

Belgacom adds Spanish and Portuguese football

Belgacom has confirmed it is adding top flight Spanish and Portuguese football to its TV service. From August 13th, Belgacom TV customers can watch two games live every week from the Portuguese Primeira Liga. The matches will also be available online and for mobile users. From the 2012-2013 season, live matches from the Spanish Liga […]

June 29, 2011

CTVIT joins Marlin DRM Program

Chinese Television IT services provider China Television Information Technology Company, or CTVIT, has joined the Marlin Partner Program (MPP). The MPP is a technology solutions development and marketing program consisting of over 40 leading technology solutions providers and system integrators who provide solutions based on the open Marlin DRM standard. CTVIT’s joining the MPP is […]

June 29, 2011

Sky: Content investment faces challenges

There are challenges ahead in sustaining content investment across the UK broadcast industry, according to Mike Darcey, Chief Operating Officer, BSkyB, who expressed fears that there are no guarantees that there will always be the same level of incentive to invest. Darcey’s comments at the Future of Broadcasting conference came after the broadcaster revealed plans […]

June 28, 2011By Colin Mann

Youku signs PPV deal with Warner Bros

China’s Youku has agreed with Warner Bros Entertainment’s local joint venture to offer pay per view movies on its newly launched online paid content platform. Under a three-year agreement with Warner Bros, Youku will add between 400 to 450 Warner Bros movies to its Youku Premium library. Youku Premium, which was officially this week, began […]

June 28, 2011

Hollywood seeks film website ban

Hollywood film studios are to ask the High Court to force UK telco BT to block its broadband customers from accessing a filesharing website, in a test case that could lead to a clampdown on Internet piracy, reports the Daily Telegraph. The Motion Picture Association wants broadband providers to cut off access to Newzbin, a […]

June 27, 2011

Israel delays 24-hour news decision

Israel has long wanted to counter what it sees as a stream of negative comment from many of the world’s 24-hour satellite news channels. The plan was to create its own news channel, transmitting in English and Arabic, and a parliamentary vote should have taken place yesterday, June 26th. However, the vote was postponed, with […]

June 27, 2011By Chris Forrester

Viacom and sues Cablevision over iPad app

Viacom, which owns cable networks MTV and Nickelodeon, has sued to stop cable operator Cablevision from broadcasting its shows through an iPad application in the US. Cablevision recently released an iPad app that allows subscribers to watch live TV channels at home for no additional charge. Because the shows are only available for home viewing, […]

June 24, 2011

Al Jazeera splits Ligue 1 rights with Canal Plus

Al Jazeera and Canal Plus have acquired the domestic Ligue 1 broadcast rights within France after the French Football League awarded five of the nine packages covering the 2012-16 seasons. Vivendi-owned Canal Plus, which already holds pay-TV Ligue 1 rights, secured lots one, two, three and four, ensuring it can air a Saturday afternoon game […]

June 24, 2011

Investors object to PROTECT IP

More than 50 venture capitalists submitted a letter to the US Congress June 23, objecting to a piece of antipiracy legislation being mulled by the Senate. The VCs, most of whom invest in technology companies, argue that Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PROTECT IP, would “stifle […]

June 24, 2011