Rupert And James Murdoch “Shocked” By BSkyB Rebellion: Who Gets The Profits?

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 3:18am PDT

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BSkyB Still Rejects News Corp’s Increased Offer But Both Agree to Keep Negotiating & Proceed With Regulatory Process For Deal

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 12:28am PDT

newscorplogoNEW YORK, NY, June 15, 2010 – News Corporation (“News Corp”) announces that it approached the Board of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (“BSkyB”) on Thursday, 10 June 2010, and proposed making an offer to acquire the entire issued and

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Disney Junior To Replace SOAPnet in 2012

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 3:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

disneyjrGoodbye SOAPnet, hello Disney Junior. Disney/ABC Television Group just announced that it will launch Disney Junior, a new 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel dedicated to preschool-age children in 2012. The new channel will replace SOAPnet, now available in 75 million homes, which … Read More »

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‘FNL’ Reruns Headed To ABC Family

By | Tuesday May 25, 2010 @ 1:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC Family has acquired the basic cable TV rights to NBC/DirecTV’s high school  drama Friday Night Lights in a deal with NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution. The deal gives ABC Family the rights to five seasons of the critically praised series whose upcoming fifth season on DirectTV and NBC is … Read More »

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Sky Delists From New York Stock Exchange

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 8:13am PDT

Sky logoThe satellite broadcaster tells me it has delisted from the NYSE to save money. Less than 2% of its shares are traded in New York, yet it costs between $5-10 million annually to comply with NYSE regulations. Instead, BSKyB … Read More »

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The Weather Channel To Continue On Dish

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 7:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

DISH threatened to drop The Weather Channel last week over complaints that the channel doesn’t provide localized weather reports for satellite viewers. DISH had planned to replace TWC with its own weather-themed channel.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and ATLANTA – May 24, 2010 – DISH Network L.L.C. and The Weather Channel

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DISH To Drop The Weather Channel

By | Thursday May 20, 2010 @ 8:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: DISH reportedly has agreed to keep The Weather Channel on while the two sides continue to negotiate.

PREVIOUS: DISH Network threatened to drop The Weather Channel at midnight tonight over a carriage fee dispute. The satellite provider plans to launch its own weather-centered channel, Weather Cast.

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Epix Goes National With Dish Network Deal

By | Monday April 19, 2010 @ 10:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NEW YORK, Apr 19, 2010 — EPIX today announced its launch on DISH Network, making its content available to the distributor’s more than 14.1 million customers around the nation. This is the first national distribution deal for EPIX, the pay channel joint venture formed by Viacom Inc, its Paramount Pictures … Read More »

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Film Distributors Fear UK Pay TV Price Cut

By | Monday January 25, 2010 @ 8:55am PST

Sky logoSky will pay less for indie and even major studio films if the British government forces it to slash movie channel prices, distributors fear. Ofcom, the UK government regulator, is expected to announce in March that it will force satellite broadcaster BSkyB to cut the amount it charges cable rival Virgin Media for its movie channels. BSkyB could have to drop its movie channel prices by up to 39%.

Indie distributors fear that BSkyB will try and make up for the money by low-balling them when it comes to buying movies. “If Sky gets less money from Virgin then it will have less cash to spend on content. It may therefore have an immediate impact on those selling films to Sky on an ad hoc basis,” said one distributor. BSkyB already only pays indies around a third of what it pays a studio for a similar-performing movie, complained another. Read More »

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Another Blow Dealt To James Murdoch…

By | Thursday January 21, 2010 @ 5:01pm PST

News Reports say British Sky Broadcasting Group today lost its latest attempt to stop the UK government forcing it to sell down its 17.9% holding in broadcaster ITV, a development likely to renew bid speculation for ITV even as it looks for a new chief executive. The UK satellite TV … Read More »

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Europeans Now Watch 8,600 TV Channels

By | Wednesday January 13, 2010 @ 8:29am PST

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: The number of television channels in Europe continued to nudge upwards in 2009 despite the global recession. There are 7,200 television channels based in Europe. If you take into account U.S. channels and others being beamed into the EU, the number of channels available … Read More »

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ITV Developing Reality Shows For China

By | Wednesday January 13, 2010 @ 6:17am PST

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: This is the first time that a UK broadcaster has ever gone into a joint venture with a Chinese counterpart, developing formats first for the Chinese market and then exporting them back to Britain and the world. Because Beijing’s state control … Read More »

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DirecTV Taps Top Pepsi Exec As Topper

By | Wednesday November 18, 2009 @ 10:51am PST

direcv-logoNews reports say DirecTV will announce today that Michael White, CEO of PepsiCo International and vice chairman of PepsiCo, will be the new No. 1 at DirecTV. White replaces Chase Carey, who left to become the No. 2 at News Corp. White will start in … Read More »

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Epix Inviting “More Than 1 Million People” To Experience Free Preview Weekends Starting Today Through Thanksgiving

By | Thursday October 29, 2009 @ 7:34am PDT

Epix300EXCLUSIVE: This is how Epix is launching as it bills itself as the “next generation” premium entertainment service from Viacom, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, MGM/UA, Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Roadside Attractions. For the more than one million people invited to experience the free weekend … Read More »

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NOW TELCOS’ TURN: DirecTV In Play

By | Wednesday October 14, 2009 @ 4:31pm PDT

Just now, while a guest on CNBC, superstar investor Mario Gabelli said that DirecTV “is going to be made love to by Verizon or AT&T”. Well, we all knew that John Malone wasn’t going to sit quietly by as his arch-rival Comcast swallowed NBCU and god knows what else. Now DirecTV and the … Read More »

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Court Awards TiVo $200M Damages From Dish/EchoStar In Long-Time Patent Case

By | Friday September 4, 2009 @ 10:39am PDT

dish_tivoTiVo just issued this statement regarding the contempt sanctions ordered by the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, in the lawsuit against EchoStar and Dish: “We are pleased by the Court’s ruling to impose contempt sanctions of approximately $200 million … Read More »

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No Comcast Bull For DirecTV Subscribers

By | Thursday September 3, 2009 @ 12:53pm PDT

I’m told not to look for any resolution soon in that dispute between DirecTV and Comcast over the sports channel Versus. As you know, the El Segundo-based satellite TV provider on Tuesday stopped broadcasting Versus after Comcast wanted a huge money increase from DirecTV to carry the channel. So DirecTV … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: NBC Picking Up ‘Friday Night Lights’ After Partnering With DirecTV

By | Wednesday March 5, 2008 @ 6:10pm PST

fnl-2.jpgThis is great news to that small but passionate audience for the best TV series you’re not watching. I’m told that Jeff Zucker, Marc Graboff and Ben Silverman had been searching for a way to renew the critically acclaimed but low-rated Friday Read More »

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Rupe & Malone Finally Reach A Deal: Liberty Will Get News Corp.’s DirecTV

By | Wednesday December 6, 2006 @ 3:49pm PST

The financial press is saying News Corp. is close to an agreement to buy back Liberty Media’s $11 billion stake in Rupe’s media giant. The Wall Street Journal, quoting people familiar with the situation, say Liberty in exchange would get News Corp’s … Read More »

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