Civolution acquires Thomson watermarking business

Netherlands-based content security specialist Civolution has acquired the software and technology solutions watermarking business of Thomson. The deal will give Thomson a stake in Civolution, which was created as a spin-off from Philips Royal Electronics and the acquisition of Teletrax last year. Civolution’s lead investor, Prime Technology Ventures, has committed to provide the necessary funding […]

Dori extends carriage of channels on Yes

Israel-based Telenovela producer Dori Media has struck a new agreement with the country’s DTH platform Yes, securing carriage of its Viva and Viva Platina channels on the platform until the end of 2013. Viva is carried as part of Yes’s basic package, while Viva Platina is delivered as a weekends-only premium service. Dori Media also […]

PrimeTel launches interactive advertising

Cypriot IPTV operator PrimeTel has launched interactive advertising on its platform. The service allows interactive advertising to be integrated into the user interface on the platform. Viewers can use their remote controls to watch relevant longer-form clips, locate retail outlets and book appointments. PrimeTel deploys its middleware, developed by its in-house research and development department […]

Virgin Media inserts ‘no to News Corp’ clause

UK cable operator Virgin Media has inserted a clause into the sale of its thematic channels division preventing buyers from selling on the channels to News Corp or a company part owned by the media company. However, News Corp and its UK pay TV subsidiary BSkyB are allowed to bid directly for the VMtv subsidiary, […]

Arqiva close to Kangaroo deal

Broadcast services provider Arqiva is close to acquiring the technology behind Kangaroo, according to press reports. Kangaroo, the online on-demand joint venture between the BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide and broadcasters ITV and Channel 4, was blocked by the Competition Commission earlier this year. Since then, the parties have been trying to sell the technology […]

UK PSB spend falls but viewer appreciation grows

UK public service broadcasting (PSB) expenditure has fallen by 15% over the last four years, according to research by media regulator Ofcom. However, viewers appreciation of public broadcasting has actually grown over the same period, despite the advance of multichannel TV. Ofcom found that the country’s five main PSBs spent £2.6bn (€3bn) on programmes in […]

CBBC controller appointed

Damian Kavanagh has been named as controller of BBC kids channel CBBC. Kavanagh will oversee all programmes and multiplatform commissioning for the CBBC channel and the two dedicated blocks on BBC One and BBC Two. He joins from the BBC’s Daytime team where he was head of planning and scheduling. 

Fowler leaves Tele Columbus

German cable group Tele Columbus has announced that its former CEO Robert Fowler has left the management of the company, as well as that of all subsidiaries. Fowler played a key role in establishing Tele Columbus as the third-largest cable provider in the Germany market from a number of Network Level 4 operators. Fowler acted […]

Vodafone Portugal launches TV service

Telco Vodafone Portugal has launched an IPTV service in competition with existing players Zon Multimédia and Portugal Telecom. Vodafone’s service, Casa TV, provides about 100 TV channels including eight HDTV channels (among them Sport TV HD, Eurosport HD, Nat Geo HD and Disney Cinemagic HD), national channels RTP, SIC, TVI and Porto Canal, as well […]

Stream TV grows Yekaterinburg base

Russian pay-TV provider Stream TV, owned by Comstar-UTS, had signed up 190,000 in the Yekaterinburg area by the end of the second quarter of this year. The figure included 160,000 subscribers in Yekaterinburg itself, with the remainder in the neighbouring cities of Rezh, Pervouralsk and Kamensk-Uralsky Polevskoy. Stream also has about 4,000 subscribers in the […]