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Bezeq to take over YES

Bezeq Israel Telecom has said it would merge with satellite TV unit YES. Bezeq, Israel’s largest telco, said it will raise its stake in YES to 58 per cent from 49.8 per cent after agreeing to a number of conditions set by Israel’s antitrust court. Final approval is dependent on Israel’s Supreme Court, which is […]

May 5, 2009

Discovery up

Discovery Communications reported an $8 million increase in first quarter revenues to $817 million, outstripping analysts expectations for the period and posting $119 million in profit. The company reported only $34 million in profit for the first quarter of 2008. Discovery even bucked the advertising slump, posting a two percent increase in ad revenues. As […]

May 5, 2009

Hasbro and Discovery launch TV network

Toy maker Hasbro has formed a joint venture with Discovery Communications to create a TV network with original programming based on Hasbro brands. Hasbro has licensed its brands for a variety of different entertainments. Under terms of the deal, Hasbro will pay Discovery $300 million in cash for a 50 per cent share in the […]

May 1, 2009

Viacom down 1/3

Viacom profits fell 34 per cent in the first quarter, hurt by a global advertising spending slowdown. The company reported first quarter net profit of $177m, down from $270m, a year earlier. Revenue fell 7 per cent to $2.91bn. Advertising at Viacom's cable networks, which as a sector is considered the most resilient compared with […]

May 1, 2009

KDG chooses NDS for digital TV platform

NDS has announced that KDG, Germany's largest cable network operator and biggest triple play provider, has selected NDS as end-to-end solution provider to enhance its digital TV platform. KDG operates cable networks in 13 German states and supplies its television and triple play services to approximately nine million connected households in Germany. NDS' technologies will […]

May 1, 2009

Canada on piracy ‘priority’ list

The US has added Canada to its “priority watch list” of countries where Internet piracy flourishes, reflecting a tough new line in the Obama administration over the Harper government’s failure to deliver on promises of new copyright laws. Canada joins a dozen countries – including Algeria, China, Russia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Venezuela – criticised by […]

May 1, 2009

Canal Plus launches Canal Ready

French pay TV group Canal Plus has announced the launch of the new ‘Canal Ready’ label to be placed on new TV equipment. The label is intended to inform consumers about the compatibility of the product they are about to buy with the group’s services. Canal Ready will feature on satellite and DTT set-top boxes […]

April 29, 2009

F1 on Spanish mobiles

Movistar and Vodafone are to broadcast race coverage of Formula 1 via mobile phones in the Spanish market. They will work with the rights-holder La Sexta and will provide practice and qualifying free, but will charge for the race coverage. Formula One has agreed similar deals in various other national markets but the services have […]

April 29, 2009

RealNetworks DVD copying software on trial

RealNetworks has said it wants to help increase DVD sales by allowing people to copy their movie discs. Hollywood studios say that idea will only hurt their already struggling business. The two sides are now squaring off in federal court. The case is ostensibly about RealDVD, a $30 software program that allows users to save […]

April 24, 2009

Sogecable accuses La Sexta of piracy

From David Del Valle in Madrid Sogecable, owner of Canal Plus and digital DTH platform, Digital Plus, has accused commercial TV channel La Sexta of pirating the signal of its premium channel Canal Plus, by broadcasting a review of the football match between Real Madrid and Getafe, offered by the pay-TV channel. The pay-TV company […]

April 24, 2009