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Thesps against piracy

Members of Britain's film-making elite are calling on the government urge ISPs to help stop movies being illegally traded online, warning some 800,000 jobs are at risk during the downturn.…

Thesps against piracy

Members of Britain's film-making elite are calling on the government urge ISPs to help stop movies being illegally traded online, warning some 800,000 jobs are at risk during the downturn.…

Pirates target Telefonica's Brazilian DTH platform

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Launched last year, Brazilian DTH platform Telefônica TV Digital, which has some 280,000 subscribers in the State of São Paulo, has become the target of…

Entertainment-at-home services on the up

Parks Associates has reported that almost 66 per cent of US consumers have altered their spending habits in the fourth quarter of 2008 as a result of the country’s deteriorating…

UEFA Cup rights in Spain

UEFA has announced deals with two leading Spanish broadcasters – Telecinco and Canal Satelite Digital (Digital+) – for the 2009-12 UEFA Europa League media rights. Free-to-air commercial broadcaster Telecinco has…

Rai and Sky Italia score Champions League rights

Rai and Sky Italia have been awarded major UEFA Champions League media rights packages in Italy for the period between 2009 and 2012. Italian public broadcaster Rai has won a…

EU Conditional Access expert group

The European Commission is to set a high-level expert group to advise it on the detail of the revised Conditional Access Directive, with members drawn from all twenty-seven member states.…

Kangaroo bounced by Competition Commission

From Colin Mann in London The Competition Commission (CC) has provisionally concluded that the proposed VOD joint venture between the BBC through BBC Worldwide ITV and C4, 'Project Kangaroo', will…

Fox signs BT Vision deal

Twentieth Century Fox has signed an agreement giving BT video-on-demand rights to a range of new and classic movie titles for BT's digital TV service, BT Vision. From 15th December…

UPC Ireland and Nagravision settle court proceedings

UPC Ireland and Nagravision have reached a settlement of court proceedings against an illegal distributor. This brings to a conclusion a prolonged investigation which originally commenced in November 2006. Operation…

Home entertainment is countercyclical…

A national survey, commissioned by Verizon, of 1,026 American adults has found that a majority (57 per cent) plan to spend more time at home turning to their television instead…

Al Jazeera expands Turkish presence

The Al Jazeera Network has launched its English and Arabic news channels on Turksat’s new digital cable platform. The launch of the Al Jazeera channels on Turksat will substantially increase…

MTVHND goes global

Viacom's MTV Networks International has announced the second wave of countries to launch its first ever international high definition service dedicated to music and kids, MTVNHD (MTV Networks High Definition).…

Premiere gets Bundesliga rights

Premiere has won the pay-TV rights to Bundesliga football in Germany, Austria and Switzerland through to the end of the 2012 season. The exclusive deal covers live and highlights rights…

Disney takes on Chinese affiliate over piracy

Disney is fighting a piracy war over its recent film Wall-E against a company that its venture capital arm invested in. The infringing company, 56.com, a Chinese video sharing site…