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 […]

Hispasat reports full year profit rise

Spanish satellite operator Hispasat increased its net profits by 31% to €47m for the full year to the end of 2008. The operator reported total revenue of €137.5m, up 7.1% year-on-year. Clients based in Europe and North Africa accounted for 68.5% of revenues, while those in America represented 31.5%. EBITDA for the year was up […]

Over half of UK broadband users unhappy with speed

Only 52% of UK broadband users are happy with the speed of their service, according to research by online price comparison website The standard advertised speed for broadband in the UK is 8Mbps but the actual speed received is just 4.2Mbps. Only 3% of users who sign up for 8Mbps services receive that speed. […]

New investor could save Setanta

A last-minute investment by an unnamed international backer could save sports broadcaster Setanta Sports from entering administration. According to various reports, the group’s founders Michael O’Rourke and Leonard Ryan will make an offer for a majority stake in the business. The offer will be backed by the international group and is likely to involve an […]

TF1 secures Groupe AB DTT deal

French broadcaster TF1 has agreed to buy digital assets from media company Groupe AB in a deal worth €192m. TF1 will buy all of NT1 and double its stake in TMC to 80%, subject to regulatory approval. Both TF1 and NT1 are free-to-air digital terrestrial channels. TF1 will also increase its stake in WB Television, […]