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CABLEready Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

NORWALK: CABLEready has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The motion was filed in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Gary Lico, CABLEready’s president and CEO, commented, “I am saddened. The Company explored every possible alternative to avoid ...

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LOVEFiLM & CBSSI Tie-Up in the U.K., Germany

LONDON: A multi-year licensing pact has been secured by LOVEFiLM to bring a range of content from CBS Studios International (CBSSI) to its streaming service in the U.K. and Germany. This includes hit CBS series such as The Good Wife and Blue Bloods along with premium programming from Showtime, including ...

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CASBAA Unveils 2013 Convention Highlights

HONG KONG: The CASBAA Convention, taking place October 21 to 24 in Hong Kong, will feature an expanded three-day conference schedule under the theme "Change is On the Air." “We are looking to shake things up this year for the CASBAA Convention,” said Christopher Slaughter, the CEO of CASBAA. “While the ...

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Vodafone Seals KDG Deal

LONDON/MUNICH: Germany’s largest cable-TV platform, Kabel Deutschland, is set to be taken over by mobile telco giant Vodafone in a deal worth 7.7 billion euros ($10.1 billion). Liberty Global, which owns Germany’s Unity Media, had also been eyeing KDG, which has about 7.6 million TV subscribers in Germany. The transaction values ...

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Velocity Mini-Series Follows Patrick Dempsey in Car Race

SILVER SPRING: This August, Velocity is scheduled to debut Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans, a four-part mini-series focused on the Grey’s Anatomy star’s participation in France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans goes along for the ride as Dempsey and his Porsche 911 GT3 RSR team—co-owned ...

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Televisa to Bring Novelas & Formats to Budapest

MIAMI: Televisa Internacional is slated to showcase a variety of telenovelas, including The Tempest, and formats at NATPE Budapest. Among the telenovelas on offer from the company are The Tempest (La Tempestad) and Life of Lies (Mentir para Vivir). The former focuses on a woman’s challenging romance with a fishing ...

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NeweN Distribution Makes New Hires, Updates Website

PARIS: Telfrance’s NeweN Distribution has made several new appointments and has changed its website, which now gives subscribers access to such enriched content as requests for DVDs, online application forms and programs in streaming. Julien Leroux has become the senior VP of international sales. In this role he will be ...

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Channels Returning to Vietnamese Pay TV

HANOI/HONG KONG: The landscape for international channels in the Vietnamese pay-TV sector has "vastly improved" according to CASBAA, following confusion over new licensing regulations implemented in the country. Vietnamese platforms dropped a number of international channel brands last month after new legislation came into play requiring networks to receive an editing ...

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NATPE Budapest Spotlight: Kanal D

BUDAPEST: The story in Kanal D’s Mercy centers on a young woman who has overcome many difficulties in her life through hard work and determination and is on the road to success. Lost City tells the stories of human tragedies caused by poverty and discrimination, the problems of workers, and ...

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NATPE Budapest Spotlight: Caracol Television

BUDAPEST: The top three highlights that Caracol Television is presenting at NATPE Budapest are quite different from each other, but all contain “Caracol DNA,” according to Roberto Corrente, the company’s sales executive for Eastern Europe and Asia. Corrente describes this as a “unique blend of impressive production values with stories ...

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