Intelsat up for sale

There has been much speculation that the global satellite Intelsat has been put up for sale by its private equity owners.

The web as a distribution tool for documentaries

There have been more than 40,000 documentaries released on the web according to Internet Movie Database and of these 40% are carried by Amazon.com.

Talking Mobile

The Mobile TV and Multi-platform content Showcase at MIPTV provided some compelling stats, jargon and innovative thinking. Mark Selby, Vice President, Nokia (UK) started off by differentiating between Mobile TV and Mobile Broadcast TV.

Traditional media strikes back

Cannes, France: Considered the most powerful media man in European TV, Gerhard Zeiler, the CEO of RTL Group, gave the opening keynote address at the MIPTV conference on Monday, 16 April.

EuroNews now available on mobile phone and mobile TV

Cannes, France: EuroNews announced at MIPTV that it is now available on mobile phone and mobile television systems via the SESAT 1 satellite of Eutelsat Communications. Until now, mobile phone and mobile television operators had to encode the MPEG-2 signal.

Piracy on the increase

Studiobriefing.com reports that NBC Universal general counsel Rick Cotton has asked the White House to establish a Cabinet-level piracy czar to deal with the alarming increase in piracy. According to Cotton, billions of dollars have been lost due to copyright piracy.

MGM movies sold on iTunes

Studiobriefing.com reports that MGM has become the fourth Hollywood studio to make its movies available for downloading on Apple’s iTunes Store.

Discovery axes 200 staffers

According to Bloomberg News reports, Discovery Communications has axed 200 staffers which represents about 3% of the Maryland-based company’s workforce.

Product placement spending globally

Global paid product placement grew 37.2% to $3.36 billion in 2006 and is forecast to grow 30.3% to $4.38 billion in 2007 according to PQ Media.

Unrestricted music courtesy EMI and Apple

It was rumoured for some time that EMI Music would soon offer downloads for retail on a global basis.
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