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Trio accused of £40m Virgin TV fraud

Three men have been charged with defrauding TV giant Virgin Media of up to £40 million (€47.6m). The trio have been accused of importing 44,000 digital receivers which could be…

Gol TV football rights blow

Gol TV football rights blow

The acquisition by Digital Plus of pay-TV rights to the European Champions League from 2012 is a hard blow for Mediapro’s pay DTT channel Gol TV, current holder of the…

Darcey: Content King, others waste it online

Darcey: Content King, others waste it online

Sky’s business model creates a “virtuous circle” that aids the broadcaster’s ability to innovate, according to COO Mike Darcey. He told the Broadcasting Press Guild that “more content investment is…

Sky: Virgin must pay price for Atlantic

Sky: Virgin must pay price for Atlantic

BSkyB COO Mike Darcey implied the broadcaster and Virgin Media are still some way apart on price as they negotiate a carriage fee for the new Sky Atlantic channel. Darcey…

Sky and Desmond resume news talks

Sky and Desmond resume news talks

Negotiations between Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell and BSkyB over the Channel 5 news service have recommenced after rival news organisations apparently bid to take over the news supply contract…

EU: No more exclusive territory rights

EU: No more exclusive territory rights

The European Court of Justice has been advised that BSkyB (and other pay operators across Europe) or rights holders cannot stop pubs (or anyone else) subscribing to foreign TV channels…

Amazon movie stream service

Amazon movie stream service

Amazon is developing a film streaming service to compete directly with Netflix following its full acquisition of LoveFilm. Initially the company is planning to bundle access to the service with…

NME TV and Bliss join Freesat

NME TV and Bliss join Freesat

Music channels NME TV and Bliss are joining the Freesat line up. Freesat’s Head of Channels, Mark Briggs said, “The launch of NME TV and Bliss are fantastic additions to…

Comcast, Time Warner Xfinity agreement

Comcast and Time Warner have signed a long-term agreement that provides Comcast digital cable customers with access to TV shows and movies from Turner Broadcasting System, networks, including TNT, TBS,…

Royal Wedding TV

Royal Wedding TV

National tourism agency VisitBritain has launched an online TV channel that will stream major events live, including the Royal Wedding. The company has partnered with GeoCast TV to create visitbritain.tv.…

Free speech lobby back TV streamer ivi

Four groups have ‘friended’ ivi.tv, the Seattle company streaming TV signals online without broadcasters’ consent. Public Knowledge and three other organisations filed an amicus brief with the US District Court…

Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act

Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act

Ofcom will review some parts of the much criticised Digital Economy Act, which was rushed through parliament by the previous Labour government before the general election in May, to see…

Research: Online, mobile entertainment offerings captivate consumers

Consumer expenditure on entertainment content is expected to have reached close to $320 billion worldwide last year, with online and mobile media segments experiencing the largest percentage growth. Research carried…

Research: 75% willing to pay for online content

Research from ecommerce platform and strategic ecommerce consulting firm Elastic Path Software has revealed that a surprisingly large portion of online video viewers (75 per cent) are willing to pay…

Research: 23.8% of Internet traffic involves copyrighted work

A study carried out by brand and trademark monitoring firm Envisional found that 23.8 per cent of global Internet traffic involves digital theft, with BitTorrent accounting for almost half (11.4…