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Sky Unveils Internet TV Service, Half-Year Results

LONDON: BSkyB, which posted strong half-year profits, is planning to launch a new Internet TV service, positioned as an alternative for people who don’t currently subscribe to pay TV. Expected to launch in the first half of the year, the new service will feature a range of Sky content, including hundreds ...

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DRG Hires New Marketing Exec

LONDON: DRG has named Charlotte Hargreaves the senior VP of marketing and business development. Hargreaves will report to Jonathan Jackson, the COO of DRG, and will be responsible for new business areas and digital platforms. In addition, she will help to grow the brand development side of the business, acquiring ...

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ZDFE & Studio Hamburg Form JV for DVDs

MAINZ/HAMBURG: Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing (SHDM) and ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) have formed the joint venture Studio Hamburg Enterprises (SHE), which will focus on producing and marketing DVDs. The new company, SHE, aims to purchase the rights for feature films and TV programs and their distribution in the DVD/Blu-ray market. ...

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BBC HD Secures Further Carriage in Poland

LONDON: The international BBC HD channel is set to launch on Cyfrowy Polsat in Poland on February 1. Under the agreement, BBC HD will be available to all subscribers of the DTH platform’s extended basic tier, Extra HD. BBC HD features British and international high-definition content with a lineup of ...

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Time Warner, News Corp. Said to Bid for Turkey’s ATV-Sabah

ISTANBUL: Time Warner, News Corp. and the private equity group Texas Pacific have reportedly placed formal bids to acquire the Turkish media group ATV-Sabah, a unit of Calik Holding. Calik Holding bought ATV-Sabah in 2007 for $1.1 billion. One of Turkey’s largest media groups, ATV-Sabah combines a popular television channel ...

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Sky Anytime+ to Feature BBC iPlayer, ITV Player

LONDON: Expanding the range of content available on Sky Anytime+, new agreements have been signed to bring BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to the VOD service. ITV archive content such as Prime Suspect, Lewis and Cold Feet join the service, accessible through the main Sky Anytime+ menu as well as ...

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Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire Win SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES: At last night’s 18th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, the cast of Boardwalk Empire won for best ensemble performance in a drama, while Modern Family took the win on the comedy side. Individual performance wins went to Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire and Jessica Lange for American ...

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Czech Mini-Series Commissioned for HBO Central Europe

BUDAPEST: Writer and director Agnieszka Holland, whose In Darkness is a contender for best foreign-language film at this year’s Academy Awards, is working on a three-part drama for HBO Central Europe about Czech student activist Jan Palach. The drama will tell the story of Palach, the student who burned himself to death ...

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Lilyhammer Sets Records for NRK

OSLO: The first episode of Lilyhammer gave Norwegian broadcaster NRK1 its best numbers ever for a drama-series premiere, reaching an overall share of 56.3 percent. Sold worldwide by SevenOne International, Lilyhammer secured a 44.2-percent share in the 12 to 44 demo on NRK1 and outperformed the channel average by 245 ...

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