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Telenor rejects demands to block Pirate Bay

Telenor has rejected the demand from the IFPI to block access to the Swedish website The Pirate Bay, and says there is no legal basis for the demand for ISPs to control or assess the content users download. Telenor says it does not condone pirating of material and illegal file sharing. In Telenor’s opinion, expressed […]

March 3, 2009

Vivendi posts Q4 loss, C+ steady

French media giant Vivendi posted a loss in the fourth quarter as falling stock markets forced it to write down the value of its stake in film and television powerhouse NBC Universal. Vivendi reported a net loss of E1.38 billion in the fourth quarter after writing down its 20 per cent stake in the joint […]

March 3, 2009

Premier League targets pirate sites

The English Premier League has called for tighter laws against IT theft to stop the unauthorised online broadcasting of football matches. One website which links to unauthorised live broadcasts of Premier League and other matches now attracts more traffic than the sites of broadcasters such as ITV, according to a report by a BBC programme. […]

March 3, 2009

Setanta and ITV stall FA payments

Cash-strapped Setanta and ITV are seeking to renegotiate the payment terms of their £425 million (E474m) rights deals with the UK Football Association for coverage of FA Cup and England international football matches. According to reports Setanta has delayed making a payment of £10 million on its £150 million contract while ITV has met its […]

March 3, 2009

Time Warner TV Everywhere

Time Warner is developing an initiative dubbed TV Everywhere that will allow viewers to watch networks such as CNN, Cartoon Network and TNT online – as long as they can prove they subscribe to cable, satellite or a telecom TV service. “If you want to watch your favourite TV network or shows through broadband on […]

March 3, 2009

UKTV’s Yesterday to launch in March

UKTV’s final factual channel to rebrand as part of its second phase of activity to create a portfolio of multi-platform brands will launch on Monday 2nd March 2009 alongside a new and complementary website. Currently known as UKTV History, Yesterday will primarily target upmarket 30 plus couples, with the notion that "whilst a few are […]

February 25, 2009

BBC's Red Button F1

From Colin Mann in London The return of Grand Prix racing to the BBC for the first time since 1996 will see the broadcaster introduce coverage that promises to be the most comprehensive in the history of the sport, with all on-track sessions brought live through TV, Radio, Red Button, broadband and the BBC iPlayer. […]

February 25, 2009

Fox Channels Italy launches FlopTV

Fox Channels Italy (FCI), the local branch of Fox International Channels, has launched FlopTV, a web TV portal entirely devoted to comedy. Floptv is a creation of FoxFactory (FCI's business unit dedicated to the development of programmes, new-media productions and branded entertainment) and FCI's New Media Department. Floptv's schedule hosts original and acquired productions as […]

February 25, 2009

New Chello channels on Digital+ móvil

Five Chello Multicanal channels, Odisea, Canal Cocina, Decasa, Historia TM, and BIO TM have been added to "Digital+ móvil", the Spanish mobile TV platform. The five new channels will be simultaneously broadcast live on TV and on mobile phones, thus increasing the platform's offering to 19 live channels.

February 25, 2009

Nagravision selected for Tivù Sat

Nagravision will provide the conditional access system (CAS) for Tivù Sat. Tivù Sat is the free-to-air satellite service jointly owned by Italian broadcasters RAI, Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media. Scheduled for market introduction in June of 2009, the free service will be offered to all households unable to receive the digital terrestrial television FTA channels […]

February 25, 2009