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Viasat F1 for Latvia

Viasat Broadcasting has acquired the exclusive live broadcasting rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship for Latvia for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. Races will be broadcast live on TV3. The practice and qualification will be broadcast live on the newly launched localised premium pay-TV channel Viasat Sport Baltic. Viasat already held the […]

February 25, 2009

Virgin content on block again?

Virgin Media is expected to begin the sale of its content division within weeks hoping to raise £500m (E567m). The sale would include Virgin’s 50% stake in UKTV the JV with the BBC. Analysts have speculated Virgin will try again to sell non-core assets as it seeks to pay down debt. Interested parties are thought […]

February 25, 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

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

Premium programming still 'value purchase'

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. internet-enabled households subscribe to premium entertainment services that offer DVD delivery, music downloads or video games on demand, according to a report released Wednesday by market research firm The NPD Group. The reason, according to NPD, is that consumers today are looking for value. "For just a few dollars a […]

February 24, 2009

Sky music service

BskyB is preparing to launch an unlimited digital music service to rival Apple’s iTunes offering internet access to songs for a monthly fee. The satellite broadcaster is working with mobile music specialist Omnifone on the technology needed for the service. Any broadband user will be able to listen to as many tracks as they like […]

February 19, 2009

Setanta makes deposit, will lobby for more rights

Sky and Setanta have made deposits guaranteeing the packages they won in an auction for live TV rights from 2010. Setanta plans to complain to domestic and European regulators after it managed to win only one package of 23 matches from 2010, halving its live Premier League coverage. Sky will have 115 live games from […]

February 19, 2009

ITV content chief seeks global hits

From Colin Mann in London "One or two global hits" will help transform ITV's fortunes, according to the beleaguered broadcaster's global content chief. Lee Bartlett, MD, ITV Global Content and ITV Studios told members of the Broadcasting Press Guild that broadcast industry players needed to think in completely different ways given the changed financial circumstances. […]

February 19, 2009

Hulu cuts content from TV.com

Online US TV platform Hulu, the NBC Universal and News Corp joint venture, has removed its content from CBS-owned rival TV.com. The move follows the relaunch of TV.com last month with increased partnership deals in a bid to take on the Hulu platform. A Hulu statement read, “Hulu has contractual rights with regards to our […]

February 19, 2009