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BBC seals four-year deal with British Swimming

Sports Business: The BBC has penned a four-year, multi-platform deal with British Swimming to broadcast a range of aquatic sports events via the public broadcaster.  More

Sky commits to targeted advertising

Broadband TV News: Sky COO Mike Darcey has committed the satcaster to the use tailored or targeted advertising, but has stopped short of giving a date for its introduction, initially slated for the first half of 2011.  More

Man Utd victory peaks at 8.3m in UK

Broadcast: Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter final victory over Arsenal drew a peak audience of 8.3m to ITV in the UK (subscription required).  More

Europe to lose its IPTV crown

Light Reading Europe: Europe, with the French service providers showing the way, has been leading the global IPTV market for years -– but that’s about to change, according to new market projections from Pyramid Research.  More

Facebook to stream MLB baseball games

Rapid TV News: Facebook is once again playing the testee in an online video experiment. Major League Baseball has announced that it is using the social network to drive interest in MLB.TV, by broadcasting one spring training game live each day for free on its Facebook page.  More

Olympic partners apologise after day of glitches

Sports Business: Visa has apologised to people who were unable to book tickets for the 2012 Olympic Games on the first day of going on sale, while on a day to forget for the games, the showpiece countdown clock to the 2012 Olympics, which has pride of place in London’s Trafalgar Square, also stopped.  More

HbbTV deployment over French DTT

Broadband TV News: TDF, the French transmission company, is running HbbTV over the country’s digital terrestrial network. The interactive standard is being deployed using the DSM-CC Object Carousel solution developed by HTTV.  More

Premier League could host goal-line test

Associated Press: Goal-line technology could be coming to the Premier League next season, with Hawk-Eye hoping to test its system during top-level matches for the first time.  More

Bleak 2010 for 3D but steady growth over next five years

Rapid TV News: A new report from IHS Screen Digest has confirmed the view of many that despite the hyperbole generated by equipment makers, 3D had a disappointing 2010. Indeed the analyst used the word ‘bleak’.  More