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Elisabeth Murdoch to Deliver MacTaggart Lecture

LONDON: Elisabeth Murdoch, the chairman of Shine Group, has signed on to deliver the keynote address at this year’s MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. Murdoch will be the first woman to deliver the lecture since Janet Street-Porter in 1995. She is only the fourth woman since its inception in 1976. ...

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Netflix Launches in the U.K. & Ireland

LOS GATOS: Netflix has made its official debut in the U.K. and Ireland, available for a monthly fee of £5.99 following a one month free trial. Neil Hunt, the chief product officer at Netflix, announced the launch yesterday. "I’m proud to have led the product team that brings Netflix to ...

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MTG to Acquire Latvian Free-TV Group

STOCKHOLM: Modern Times Group (MTG) has signed an agreement to acquire Latvijas NeatkarÄ«gā TelevÄ«zija (LNT), the second largest free-TV operator in Latvia. LNT broadcasts national channel LNT, the Russian-language channel TV5 and entertainment channel LMK. This adds to MTG’s existing free-TV operations in Latvia, TV3, 3+ and TV6 channels. The ...

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Sky Buys into Social Media Start-Up zeebox

LONDON: Sky has purchased a 10-percent stake in the zeebox social media service, with plans to integrate the technology into its own mobile apps to create an "augmented TV" experience. The functionality will allow Sky consumers to connect with friends around TV shows, find information about what’s on TV and ...

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ITV4 Renews Rights for Tour de France

LONDON: ITV has extended its broadcast rights deal for live coverage and highlights of the Tour de France until 2015. In a new agreement with the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), ITV4 will continue to broadcast live daily coverage throughout the Tour, as well as daily evening highlights. ITV will also ...

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BBC Worldwide Lands Digital Deals in Spain

LONDON: BBC Worldwide has secured a range of content deals with the Spanish digital platforms Telefonica, Youzee and Cameo. Cameo has acquired almost 170 hours of content from BBC Worldwide for its VOD platform Filmin, including the comedy and drama titles Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, The Thick of It, ...

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Shine Buys Web Video Producer

LONDON: Shine Group has acquired the online broadcaster and original content producer ChannelFlip, which specializes in short-form video. ChannelFlip, founded in 2008 by Justin Gayner and Wil Harris, is among the largest creators of quality short-form online video programming in the U.K. Its original in-house productions include David Mitchell’s Soapbox, ...

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BBC & ITV Pact with LOVEFiLM

LONDON: Both ITV and BBC Worldwide have signed deals with LOVEFiLM, bringing to the service titles such as Prime Suspect, Doctor Who and Planet Earth. The SVOD agreement with ITV brings LOVEFiLM recent hits such as Marchlands and Above Suspicion, as well as classic crime series, including Inspector Morse, and British ...

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CCTV Brings Service to the U.K.

LONDON/BEIJING: China Central Television (CCTV) is using Vision IPTV’s Internet broadcast playout service to deliver a trio of Chinese-language channels on FreeviewHD. Through FreeviewHD channel 111, using an Internet-connected TV or set-top box, customers can access three free-to-watch channels of live 24-hour broadcast. CCTV Channel 9 features films and dramas; CCTV Channel ...

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RTL Group Sells its Holdings in Alpha Media Group

LUXEMBOURG/ATHENS: RTL Group is exiting the Greek broadcasting market, selling its 70-percent majority shareholding in Alpha Media Group to entrepreneur Dimitris Contominas. Subject to approval by the Greek Competition Commission, the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of this year. Contominas currently owns a 30-percent share in ...

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