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Ratings Roundup: Australia

PREMIUM: Episodes of the FremantleMedia format The X Factor pulled the two biggest weekday audiences in Australia last week (October 29 and November 2), while Australia’s favorite soap opera again showed why it’s still on the air with consistently impressive ratings. Home and Away, which made its debut on Seven ...

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Youku Tudou Scores Sony Deal

BEIJING: China’s Youku Tudou has secured a five-year deal with Sony Pictures Television that brings some 300 new titles to the premium online video platform, which already has agreements in place with studios such as Twentieth Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros. and more. Three hundred titles from the Sony Pictures ...

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ESPN STAR Sports Holds on to Masters Tournament Broadcast Rights

SINGAPORE: ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) has extended its broadcast rights for The Masters Tournament professional golf championship, which it will air across multiple platforms in Asia, excluding South Korea. ESS will broadcast The Masters live coverage in addition to half-hour daily highlights and live on-the-ground reports in English and in ...

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Plug Pulled On CBeebies, BBC Entertainment in India

MUMBAI/LONDON: BBC Worldwide is closing down the Indian feeds of CBeebies and BBC Entertainment, citing delays in the digitization process and the "challenging" economics of operating pay-TV channels in the country. The two channels will be shuttered at the end of this month. BBC World News will remain on Indian airwaves. ...

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Asian Rollout Begins for HBO GO

SINGAPORE: The HBO GO service is set to begin its Asian rollout in Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2013, in partnership with now TV, delivering shows 12 hours after their premiere on the premium channel in the U.S. HBO GO is slated to deliver around 1,000 hours of HBO ...

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Sony Narrows Loss in Q2

TOKYO: Sony Corporation posted a net loss attributable to shareholders of 15.5 billion yen ($194 million) compared to the year-ago loss of 27 billion yen ($337 million). Sony saw its operating income increase, at 30.3 billion yen for the second quarter, compared to last year’s operating loss of 1.6 billion ...

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Ten Sells Off Eye Corp.

SYDNEY: Ten Network Holdings has signed a new and unconditional agreement to sell Eye Corp. to Outdoor Media Operations.  The deal sees Eye’s operations in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., the U.S. and Indonesia under new ownership. Outdoor Media Operations, which is controlled by Champ Private Equity, is the owner ...

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