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Megaupload extradition delayed to 2013

A New Zealand court has delayed an extradition hearing for Internet tycoon and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March 2013 because of questions about the search and seizure of evidence by the US where he faces charges of Internet piracy and fraud. William Akel, one of Dotcom’s lawyers, said at a hearing scheduled for August […]

July 10, 2012

MTG acquires Baltic rights to 2014 & 2016 Olympics

Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment broadcasting group, has announced that MTG’s Viasat Broadcasting has acquired the broadcasting rights to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2016 Olympic Games for the Baltics. MTG will have ‘first pick’ for each Baltic country to show one discipline from each of Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 […]

July 10, 2012

Cloud gaming on cable for South Korea

Korean cable operator, CJ Hellovision and cloud gaming company Playcast Media Systems have entered a deal to launch a cloud gaming service in Korea. The service will allow cable-TV subscribers to play console-quality video games from the world’s major game publishers through their existing set-top boxes. The new service will offer an assortment of the […]

July 10, 2012

Mediaset and Sky Italia share football rights

Mediaset and Sky Italia have confirmed they will offer both Champions League and Europa League football coverage to their pay TV subscribers following a deal over the exchange of rights acquired separately from UEFA. Both pay-TV operators will now offer coverage of the matches featuring Italian teams in the two tournaments over the next two […]

July 9, 2012

Torrent activity up despite Pirate Bay block

Despite the closure of The Pirate Bay, Dutch ISP XS4All has claimed that BitTorrent traffic has increased. Anti-Piracy group BREIN this week stated that 90 per cent of Dutch Internet users can no longer access the BitTorrent site directly. However, the group neglected to mention that many users now employ proxy sites to access the […]

July 6, 2012

MultiChoice losing a fortune to Zimbabwe piracy

According to a BBC Monitoring report South African pan-regional broadcaster MultiChoice/DStv is losing “hundreds of thousands of dollars a year” because of signal piracy by Zimbabwean users of a pirate set-top box. The device, sold locally as the ‘Magic Box’ manages to decrypt DStv’s channels. Satellite decoder dealers say the Magic Box has been around […]

July 6, 2012By Chris Forrester

Telefonica Digital to generate €5bn by 2015

Telefónica Digital has said it expects to drive annual revenues of approximately €5 billion for its parent company Telefónica by 2015 with an annual revenue growth rate of 20 per cent. The Spanish company also announced global agreements with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and RIM to use Telefónica’s billing relationships so customers can pay for mobile […]

July 6, 2012

ITV Player on Samsung Smart TVs

ITV and Samsung Electronics have confirmed the launch of ITV Player on Samsung’s Smart TVs. The agreement sees ITV become the first UK commercial broadcaster to launch an App in Samsung’s Smart TV store; Samsung Apps. ITV will join an ever-growing collection of services available on Samsung Smart TVs such as, YouTube, Teletext Holidays, Curzon […]

July 6, 2012

Video income lifeblood of UK film

Sales of video entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats are the single biggest revenue source for the production of film and television drama in the UK, a new report has confirmed. An Oxford Economics study commissioned by the British Video Association reveals that in a rapidly evolving market, video revenues remain critical to British […]

July 6, 2012

Match of the Day 2 promoted to BBC1

Next season the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 is to be switched to BBC1 because of the increased number of Premier League games played on a Sunday. Match of the Day 2 will now air on BBC1 at 10.25pm on a Sunday. The flagship Match of the Day programme will continue to be broadcast […]

July 6, 2012