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Record Six Nations viewing figures for BBC

According to BBC Sport, this year’s international rugby union Six Nations Championship has delivered record audience viewing figures. An average of 4.6m viewers watched live coverage during the tournament, while England’s clash with France drew a peak audience of 9.6m. These are the best figures since the Six Nations (nee the Five Nations) began in […]  More

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