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New Director of TV & Online at SBS Australia

SYDNEY: Tony Iffland, who is currently the general manager of BBC Worldwide Australia, is joining SBS in April as the director of television and online content. Iffland will be responsible for SBS’s content strategy. His tasks include commissioning and acquiring content for the free-to-air channels as well as sports broadcasting. He ...

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A&E Scores Carriage on FOXTEL

NEW YORK/SYDNEY: A&E Network is to launch in Australia on FOXTEL on February 16. The factual entertainment channel is the latest from A+E Networks to be offered by the FOXTEL Channels Group, which also operates HISTORY, Crime & Investigation Network and BIO in Australia. A&E in the region will feature ...

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StarHub Named Official Broadcaster & Sponsor of LionsXII

SINGAPORE: The Football Association of Singapore has appointed StarHub as the official broadcaster and principal sponsor of LionsXII, while MediaCorp has secured the rights to air live key Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Cup matches from StarHub. Under the agreement, the matches will air on Channel 5 for the upcoming ...

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Network18 Buys ETV News & Entertainment Channels

NEW DELHI: Making a play for India’s lucrative regional channels business, Network18 is shelling out $400 million for the ETV portfolio of news and entertainment channels. With the ETV deal, Network18 takes 100-percent control of the Hindi-language news channels ETV Uttar Pradesh, ETV Madhya Pradesh, ETV Rajasthan and ETV Bihar, ...

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China Test-Launches First 3D TV Channel

BEIJING: China has begun the trial run of its first 3D channel, operated by China Central Television (CCTV), which will formally launch the service during Chinese New Year on January 23. The channel will be viewable to those with 3D enabled televisions and those with HD digital TV sets. The ...

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Lionsgate, Saban Align with Celestial for Asian JV

HONG KONG: Lionsgate and Saban Capital Group are aligning with Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures for a new Asian joint venture that will encompass a bouquet of pay-TV channels, including Celestial Movies, KIX and Thrill. Saban and Lionsgate have been partners in Tiger Gate Entertainment, the venture rolling out the KIX, KIX HD ...

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ABC iview Goes Live on Xbox

SYDNEY: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) online catch-up service, ABC iview, has launched on the Xbox LIVE platform, delivering instant access to programs such as Upstairs Downstairs and Bananas in Pyjamas. Through Kinect for Xbox 360, users of ABC iview can search, browse and select programs to watch by using ...

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Australia’s ABC Commercial Scores Sales

SYDNEY: ABC Commercial secured a number of program sales in 2011, both in the local and international marketplace, including a format option with Comedy Central in the U.S. The year’s deals featured the first-ever ABC Commercial program—the rugby documentary Cup Of Dreams—to air on Universal Sports Network in the U.S., ...

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Chinese Video-Streaming Sites in Piracy Battle

SHANGHAI: Youku.com and Tudou Holdings, China’s two largest operators of online video sites, are accusing each other of copyright infringements for running each other’s exclusive videos. Tudou is suing Youku for 150 million yuan ($24 million) in damages over pirating the exclusive rights to a popular Taiwanese entertainment show, Kangxi ...

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Star India Launches New Hindi Entertainment Channel

MUMBAI: Life OK is a new Hindi general-entertainment channel from Star India that will take the place of Star One starting December 18. The channel’s philosophy is "Life is Good." The actress Madhuri Dixit will be the narrator. Life OK will be launched in a three-day roadblock across Star India’s entire ...

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