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Ex-ProSiebenSat.1 Chief Takes RTL Group Post

LUXEMBOURG: Guillaume de Posch, former CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 Group, has been tapped as COO of the RTL Group effective January 1, 2012, to drive "expansion in new businesses and markets," says CEO Gerhard Zeiler. De Posch is tasked with overseeing corporate strategy and business development from the company’s headquarters, with responsibility ...

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Cablevision Adds HBO Go, Max Go

BETHPAGE: Following on the heels of Time Warner Cable’s deal to carry HBO’s streaming services, HBO Go and Max Go are launching to Cablevision iO TV customers. With titles such as Game of Thrones, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, HBO Go offers customers 1,400 titles to steam on the go through Internet-connected devices. ...

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ZDF Enterprises’ Head of Acquisitions to Retire

MAINZ: Juergen Steimer, the senior VP of acquisitions and co-productions at ZDF Enterprises, is retiring as of December 31. Steimer was appointed the legal consultant to ZDF in 1982, specializing in copyright, international law and cable distribution in other countries. From 1989 to 1992 he was the head of the ...

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Film1 Netherlands Adds New Channel

AMSTERDAM: Chellomedia’s Dutch movie service Film1 is launching the new channel Film1 Series, which will feature shows such as the American drama Revenge. Launching January 17, Film1 Series will offer hit American series such as Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Necessary Roughness and Breaking Bad. The new Canadian series Bomb ...

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BBC to Create New Apps for Virgin TiVo

LONDON: The BBC is bringing a number of interactive services to Virgin Media via the TiVo platform starting in 2012.  A soon-to-come BBC Sports app will build on enhanced red button services to bring together all the live streams for the existing red button service, video streams on demand and additional ...

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Canal+ & ITI Combine Polish Pay-TV Operations

PARIS/LUXEMBOURG/WARSAW: France’s Canal+ has firmed up a deal to merge its Polish pay-TV service, Cyfra+, with ITI Group’s pay-TV platform businesses in Poland. Canal+ also gets an option to take over Polish broadcaster TVN. The combination of Cyfra+ and TVN’s ‘n’ creates a new DTH platform that will have a combined ...

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Finland’s YLE to Be Funded by Tax, Not License Fee

HELSINKI: Finnish parliamentary group leaders have decided to replace the 80-year-old license-fee system of funding for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) with a new tax model. Starting in 2013, YLE will be funded by a fee that is collected by the Finnish tax authorities. The money will also be allocated ...

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Shakeups at the Top for CTC Media

MOSCOW: Anton Kudryashov, the CEO of Russia’s CTC Media, has stepped down, with the company’s chief financial officer, Boris Podolsky, taking over on an interim basis until a permanent replacement has been appointed. Kudryashov has exited by "mutual agreement," said a statement from CTC Media. He had been CEO since 2008. ...

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Channel 5 Scraps Plans for HD Freeview Channel

LONDON: Channel 5 has notified Ofcom that it is not going to proceed with its application for the fifth HD capacity slot on the Freeview digital platform. Freeview HD currently offers four channels: BBC One HD, BBC HD (which is set to turn into BBC Two HD), ITV1 HD and Channel 4 ...

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SET UK Scores Carriage Deal with Virgin

LONDON: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has inked a carriage deal with Virgin Media for Sony Entertainment Television (SET), which is now available in 13.8 million U.K. households. In addition to Virgin Media, the female-skewed, entertainment channel, already reaches Sky’s 10 million basic pay-TV subscribers. The channel will feature series ...

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