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Viasat Norway to Provide 3D Coverage of 2012 Olympics

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group’s Viasat Broadcasting in Norway and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) are cooperating to deliver live 3D coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Viasat will broadcasting more than 100 hours of live coverage on its Viasat 3D channel, which will be the only Norwegian pay-TV platform ...

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MGM Strikes Pay-TV Pact with Chellomedia for Dutch Movie Channel

AMSTERDAM: Chellomedia’s premium Dutch movie channel Film1 is gaining access to new releases and library titles from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios catalogue. The two outfits signed an exclusive agreement for pay TV and SVOD. This brings to the channel movies such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Hobbit: An Unexpected ...

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CME Launches New Romanian Channel

HAMILTON: Building out its channel portfolio, Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has launched Acasa Gold, a niche service targeting urban women, in the Romanian market. Acasa Gold will air classic telenovelas, alongside cooking shows, musicals and series produced by MediaPro Entertainment and third parties. The long-running Czech hospital drama Rose ...

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Elizabeth Guider Reports: CBSSI Enters Output Deal with SBS

LOS ANGELES: CBS Studios International (CBSSI) unveiled Wednesday in the midst of the L.A. Screenings the renewal of a multi-year output deal with SBS Broadcasting’s flagship Dutch networks. The renewal secures for ProSieben-owned SBS’s Netherlands outlets the free-to-air rights for TV series from the Hollywood studio, most of which air ...

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Competition Commission Revises Position on Sky Movies

LONDON: With Netflix’s arrival in the U.K. and LOVEFiLM expanding its slate of offerings, the Competition Commission has revised its findings on the pay-TV market for movies, asserting that Sky Movies no longer provides the Sky platform with a "material advantage" over its competitors. In August 2011, the competition authority ...

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Kabel Deutschland Buys Tele Columbus

UNTERFÖHRING: Kabel Deutschland is acquiring the Berlin-based Tele Colombus Group for a purchase price of 603 million euros ($769.5 million) plus accrued interest. The price will provide repayment in full of the financial debt of Tele Colombus, a provider of basic cable services to approximately 1.7 million customers. The outfit ...

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Turkish Deal for WWE

ISTANBUL: D-Smart has sealed a two-year TV distribution deal that brings WWE’s weekly flagship programs WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown to the digital broadcasting platform in Turkey. The one-hour international versions of both shows will be available every Saturday night on D-Smart’s Smart Spor. SmackDown will air at 11 p.m., ...

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Sky Italia Enriches Sports Offering

MILAN: In Italy, Sky has acquired the exclusive TV rights for the FIM MotoGP World Championship, starting from the 2014 season. Sky gains exclusive rights to broadcast all 18 races of the three classes from the FIM MotoGP World Championship, via an agreement with Dorna, the company organizing the championship. Under ...

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