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Viacom streaming deal for Amazon Kindle

Amazon.com has agreed a licensing deal with Viacom that will allow Amazon Prime members in the US instantly to stream TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo. The deal will bring the total number of Prime Instant Videos to more than 15,000. Amazon Prime members can enjoy […]

February 8, 2012

Disney’s Iger: UltraViolet ‘wait-and-see’

Although the majority of Hollywood studios back UltraViolet, the technology that bridges a single piece of content to a variety of devices, The Walt Disney Co. has so far remained aloof, concentrating instead on its own online locker – KeyChest – but it has been slow to roll it out. Asked during an earnings call […]

February 8, 2012By Colin Mann

Antena 3 acquires F1 rights

Antena 3 TV has acquired the FTA TV rights to the Formula One World Championship for two years, 2012 and 2013, with the first race to take place next March with the Grand Prix of Australia. The channel will pay €40 million per year, the same amount Mediapro, shareholder in the commercial TV channel La […]

February 8, 2012From David Del Valle in Madrid

F1 deal for Sky Deutschland

Sky Deutschland has extended its deal with Formula One Management for an extra year of broadcast rights. The German pay-TV operator, which was considering dropping Formula One in favour of more profitable rights at the end of last season, will now air all 20 races in the 2012 season. It will be the 17th consecutive […]

February 8, 2012

ESPN Star Sports and FAS form partnership

ESPN Star Sports (ESS) has been appointed as the Football Association of Singapore’s (FAS) production partner to oversee the production and delivery of the Great Eastern-YEO’s S-League matches, as well as distribute S.League highlights regionally on its Asia-wide networks. The partnership between the FAS and ESS aims to boost the regional profile of the S.League. […]

February 8, 2012

Middle-East gets first 3D channel

YahLive, the new all-HDTV satellite operator, has added 3DTV to its line up. YahLive broadcasts from Abu Dhabi and the 52.5 degrees East slot for Middle East and North Africa viewers. YahLive is a partnership between YahSat and SES. High TV 3D, a Los Angeles and Hong Kong-based 3D broadcaster founded in 2010, is exclusively […]

February 7, 2012By Chris Forrester

Groups seek Congress anti-piracy postponement

Opponents of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act in the Senate are asking  Congress to delay efforts to forge new anti-piracy legislation. In a letter sent to Capitol Hill, some 70 advocacy groups, Internet companies, and venture capitalists have urged Congress to hold off on new legislation until the true […]

February 7, 2012By Colin Mann

Issa unveils crowd-sourced sections of OPEN Act

Darrell Issa, Chairman of the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has unveiled the crowd-sourced sections of the Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act at KeepTheWebOPEN.com. Internet users generated improvements to six sections of the OPEN Act, representing the first-ever legislative mark-up truly open to the American public. Issa and […]

February 7, 2012By Colin Mann

ESPN free Premier League draws 903,000

The first ever free to air Premier League football match broadcast in the UK, drew an average audience of 903,000 viewers. The game between Manchester City and Fulham on February 4th was screened by ESPN and made available for free in nearly 19 million homes via Freeview as part of ESPN’s ‘Free Weekend’ promotion to […]

February 7, 2012By Nik Roseveare

Bundesliga TV bid war?

Deutsche Telekom will bid on its own for exclusive satellite and cable rights to show Germany’s Bundesliga football matches live, according to Der Spiegel, opening a possible bidding war with Sky Deutschland. Should Telekom win the rights, which are estimated to be worth about €295 million a year. The Deutsche Fussball Liga, or DFL, is […]

February 6, 2012