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Italian pay-TV revenues pass advertising

From Branislav Pekic in Rome By 2012, pay-TV revenues will surpass advertising income in Italy, according to the latest research by the Milan-based e-Media Institute consultancy. The research indicates that…

Sky Movies 'unwatched'

A fifth of subscribers to Sky Movies – at least 891,000 UK households – hadn't watched a single movie on the service in an entire month, according to a YouGov…

YouTube and Universal mull music channel

Google ‘s YouTube and Universal Music are in talks to create a premium online music video service. If they reach a deal, the service could mark a significant step forward…

ZillionTV, the hardware Hulu?

ZillionTV is hoping to do for the set-top box market what Hulu has done for the PC. The startup, backed with content and investments from ABC/Disney, Fox, NBC/Universal, Sony and…

Disney looks at online subs

Walt Disney Co was considering moves like creating a subscription-based online video club to capture online consumers as well as revenue that is being lost to piracy, Chief Executive Robert…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…