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German VoD service expands. (New Products & Services).

German VoD service expands. (New Products & Services). Anticipating competition from studio-backed Movielink in long term, German communications firm Arcor is to expand its broadband video-on-demand (VoD) service in Germany. Although its VoD portal currently offers movies from as little as 1.49 [euro] with no monthly subscription, Arcor (Germany; www.arcor.de) lacks support of Hollywood majors, […]

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France increases budget for film tax credit.(Regulation)(Brief Article)

France increases budget for film tax credit.(Regulation)(Brief Article) New French tax credit scheme will receive a total 40m [euro] ($49.1m) in funding from the start of 2005. The tax credit for films (credit d’impot) was introduced in 2004 and allows producers to write off between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of below the […]

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worldwide fall in box office revenue as admissions slump.( )(Statistical data)

Global cinema exhibition trends: worldwide fall in box office revenue as admissions slump.( )(Statistical data) OVERVIEW BOX OFFICE World box office dropped 3.5 per cent to register $23.6bn in 2005, the first decline in global revenues for five years. Nonetheless, the total registered the second highest world box office ever recorded in US dollar totals. […]

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Alcatel rebrands iMagicTV. (Finance & Business).

Alcatel rebrands iMagicTV. (Finance & Business). Telecom equipment giant Alcatel has completed its acquisition of IP-television (IPTV) middleware firm iMagicTV. iMagicTV now will operate under the Alcatel name, and its Media Manager product will be marketed as Alcatel 5950 Media Manager. Takeover casts doubts over future of Thirdspace–middleware firm in which Alcatel has stake. …

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Big orders for UK-designed Internet TV box

Big orders for UK-designed Internet TV box UK chip designer MSU Corporation claims to have firm orders from OEM manufacturers for nearly 1m units of its Slipstream Internet Box for accessing the Internet via television sets. Final production and volume shipment to existing customers and distributors started 1 November, with 105,000 units due to be […]