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Premiere slumps on Kirch return

Shares in Premiere slumped as it emerged its former owner Leo Kirch had won the rights to market Bundesliga football for the next six years. Kirch, now aged 81, saw his media empire implode in 2002 in Germany's then largest bankruptcy. Kirch is still suing Deutsche Bank for E1.6 billion over the collapse of his […]

March 4, 2009

Nagra OpenTV offer

The Kudelski Group, owner of Nagravision, has announced its 2008 annual results. It says the introduction of new generation security solutions at several Digital TV accounts together with the migration of some of the Group's largest accounts to the service model had a strong effect upon the Group 2008 results. In 2008, the Group delivered […]

March 4, 2009

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

NDS for Tele Columbus and PrimaCom

NDS has announced that Tele Columbus and PrimaCom, together forming Germany’s third-largest cable operator, have selected NDS’ advanced MediaHighway middleware solution to power their pay-TV business, further reinforcing MediaHighway’s leadership in the German pay-TV industry.

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