United Internet calls for open access to cable networks

German ISP United Internet wants access to cable operator networks for the delivery of broadband services, according to a report in Die Welt. United Internet is to request that the country’s telecoms regulator the FNA starts regulating cable TV operators, after claiming that the German broadband market is suffering from being in a state of […]

Duo eye ProSieben takeover

European hedge fund operators Apollo and Octavian are reportedly interested in taking control of German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 after it emerged that the companies had acquired a large amount of the broadcaster’s debt. The two companies have reportedly acquired around 40% of the company’s debt, making them major creditors. This move could lead to a […]

Virgin Media and Universal Music to offer download service

UK cable operator Virgin Media has signed a deal with Universal Music that will see the launch of a subscription-based music download service. The service will enable Virgin Media broadband customers to stream and download an unlimited amount of music tracks and albums from Universal Music’s catalogue for a monthly fee. The music can be […]

BBC could face licence fee cut as Digital Britain looms

UK public broadcaster the BBC could have £130m (€153m) shaved off its annual budget as part of a range of proposals set out in Lord Carter’s Digital Britain report, which will be presented tomorrow. It has been reported that the BBC will be forced to forfeit up to £130m of the £3.6bn it received from […]

Big Brother producer could be Setanta savior

International formats giant Endemol has emerged as a potential suitor for troubled Irish sports broadcaster Setanta. This follows a last minute offer by Access Industries, which is headed by US-based, Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik, to acquire a stake in the company. 
Endemol is reportedly looking to acquire a stake in the firm. The producer and […]

Brightcove and Five in online syndication move

Online video platform Brightcove has partnered with UK broadcaster Five to launch a long-form syndication initiative enabling viewers to imbed whole episodes of Five programming on their own websites, social networks and blogs. Brightcove, which will supply its syndicated player, said the initiative would give Five the ability to expand the distribution of long-form, ad-supported […]

Eurosport breaks French Open record

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has reported record viewing figures for the French Open tennis tournament. The broadcaster said it attracted 54.8 million different European viewers over the 15 days of the tournament, 11% more than last year. The final between Roger Federer and Robin Söderling was watched by an average of 2.2 million viewers per quarter […]

BSkyB set for £750m loan arrangement

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB is set to close a new loan facility that will give it £750m (€881m). The forward-start facility offers the company a new line of credit before its current agreements with the banks expire. The loan, which has been secured with banks including Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, JP Morgan and Royal Bank […]

Harmonic partners with Vobile

Video equipment supplier Harmonic has partnered with content ID company Vobile to combine protection and monetisation of video content. Vobile VideoDNA fingerprinting technology will be integrated with Harmonic’s Rhozet Carbon Coder transcoding solution to enable Carbon Coder users to automatically generate VideoDNA fingerprints for video content during the transcoding process. Harmonic said this will enable […]