Advanced Television


Nilesat warns errant religious channels

Middle East satellite operator Nilesat has had a long history with problem TV channels: for example, there were the ones selling expensive ‘medical’ solutions to male impotence, or the ones ‘guaranteeing’ huge cash prizes to lucky quiz winners. Nilesat’s latest problems are a couple of channels (Wisal and Safa TV) that beam out sectarianism and […]

June 23, 2011

FOX Movies for Portugal

FOX International Channels (FIC), News Corp’s international multi-media business, has confirmed the upcoming launch of FOX Movies in Portugal. The new channel will be available 24/7 on the major pay TV operators in the country from July 1st.

June 23, 2011

Yahoo bid for Hulu?

The Wall Street Journal reports  that VoD streaming site Hulu is “considering its options” including a possible sale of its assets after an unidentified potential buyer approached the company. The LA Times says that approach was from Yahoo. Hulu is owned by NBC Universal, Disney ABC, News Corp/Fox and Providence Equity Partners. Providence chipped in $100 million […]

June 22, 2011By Chris Forrester

Al Jazeera bids for French soccer rights, deal with Orange TV?

Qatar-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera is bidding in an auction for the rights to broadcast live French football matches. Without an appropriate platform to exploit the rights,  Al Jazeera is discussing with France Telecom’s Orange TV the possibility of buying Orange’s sports channels or establishing a joint venture with the French broadcaster. Orange is believed to […]

June 22, 2011

AEPOC, police crack Cyprus pirate ring

AEPOC, the European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services, has revealed a successful police operation against a large scale pay-TV pirate in Cyprus. The investigation was initiated by AEPOC members and its partners – BFBS, BSkyB, Nova and Irdeto supported the undercover action and assisted the police in a raid with a […]

June 22, 2011

SeaChange, Civolution partner for premium VoD

Multi-screen video software specialist SeaChange International and media content technology and solutions provider Civolution have agreed an integration and distribution collaboration to offer NexGuard forensic watermarking for premium video-on-demand (VoD), critical for cable operators looking to launch Home Premiere services, as mandated by the Hollywood studios to grant access to early window content. Paul de […]

June 22, 2011

ESPN Star Sports scores La Liga rights

ESPN Star Sports (ESS), Asia’s biggest sports content provider, has secured live and exclusive rights to broadcast the Spanish La Liga for the 2012/13 to 2014/15 seasons, on multiple distribution platforms in 18 markets across Asia. The acquisition allows for exploitation in standard and HD television, as well as via online and mobile platforms. The […]

June 21, 2011

3DTV won’t be mainstream in UK

New research says that fewer than half of the 11 million 3DTV-ready homes in the UK in 2016 will be active and regular users of 3DTV content. In 2010, almost 90 per cent of homes with 3D-ready sets were ‘active’ users, according to the research. This much higher proportion results from early-adopters being significantly more likely […]

June 20, 2011

UK student faces US extradition over streaming

A computer science student from the UK faces extradition to the US on copyright infringement charges. Richard O’Dwyer, 23, appeared before Westminster magistrates as part of the extradition process and was bailed. As a condition of his bail, O’Dwyer, must not access the website or register another domain name. The accusations relate to a website […]

June 20, 2011

Investigation Channel goes Dutch

Discovery Networks is launching its Investigation channel in Holland – just one week after AETN brought the Crime & Investigation Network to the country. Investigation Discovery will launch in Holland on July 1st, taking the place of the Travel and Living channel, which is currently available to digital TV subscribers in the region. AETN also […]

June 20, 2011