MTV is mixing in coverage of the war in Iraq with its usual slate of music videos and has seen ratings rise as a result. Separately, the company has launched MTV China, which offers music TV in China's southern province of Guangdong.
DirecTV agreed to keep ABC Family on its roster, the companies announced yesterday. DirecTV earlier had threatened to stop carrying the network over what it alleged amounted to a 35% increase in carriage rights.
BBC critics say the network's approach to covering the war hasn't given enough emphasis to wrongs committed by Iraq. The BBC says its coverage must also reflect the prevailing European opinion that the conflict isn't justified.
The Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union are asking the FTC and the Justice Department to investigate the way cable companies set their prices for bundled television and Internet services. Bundled services are a "candidate for an investigation of predatory pricing under antitrust laws," says Mark Cooper, research director at the Consumer Federation of America.
HBO Films has tapped Penny Wolf and Rosa Bosch to lead its international sales arm, HBO Films London. The move is part of an effort to capitalize on the network's growing reputation among top theatrical talent.