BSkyB is to close its Sky Songs music streaming service a little over a year after its launch. Existing customers, who paid £4.99 (€5.89) per month, will be able to use the service through until February.
Liberty Global has reached an agreement to buy 100% of Aster, the Polish cable operator currently owned by Mid Europa Partners (MEP), for a fee of PLN870 million, equivalent to $292 million (€217.6 million) at December 3, 2010 exchange rates.
Google is to purchase DRM provider Widevine in a move that gives the internet company access to Widevine’s multiplatform DRM and video optimisation technologies. No financial terms have been disclosed.
DIGITAL TV SUMMIT 2010, LONDON. The international version of BBC’s iPlayer will use a single subscription pay model at launch and also be initially available only on the iPad, according to Luke Bradley-Jones, EVP and MD, BBC.com.
TiVo will cost Virgin Media subscribers £199, the cableco has announced, but purchasers will have to wait if they want a three-tuner version of the next generation device.
Staff at Motorola Home’s European operations are under threat of redundancy as the company began a reorganisation of its set-top box division.
A High Court judge has dismissed arguments brought by TV Catchup Ltd that its online streaming service does not constitute broadcasting in a copyright infringement case brought against TV Catchup Ltd by ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
Microsoft is reported to have held talks with major broadcasters to launch a new online pay-television subscription service through its Xbox video game console, according to Reuters, citing two persons familiar with the situation.
Virgin Media has published the first three images of the new user interface that will accompany the deployment of the new TiVo set-top boxes and software in the next few weeks.
A report approved by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education has suggested search engines and aggregators such as Google and Apple should be bound by the same rules as traditional media.