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Buyers Prepare for Writers Strike

Buyers arriving at the AFM market report that they’re already making arrangements to protect themselves from a strike by the WGA, the Hollywood Reporter notes. Broadcasters in English speaking territories like Australia and Canada will be more immediately affected. They tend to air more of the late night shows that will be immediately shut down and they also get prime time shows soon after the U.S. broadcast. But a long strike could start impacting non-English language territories by the spring of 2008.

Romanian Cable Operators Face Increased Competition

As the Romanian cable TV industry prepares for its annual broadband convention, Chris Dziadul at Broadbandtvnews.com surveys the industry’s prospects and the challenges of an increasingly competitive landscape, where at least five satellite platforms are available. 

Value Added Broadband Services Post Rapid Growth

As competition in the broadband heats up, new research from Point Topic notes that operators should pay more attention to business value-added services if they want to boost profits. This year, value added services will make up 42% of all business broadband revenues and these services, which include such features as security and videoconferencing, will produce $15.4 billion in revenues. (Registration required for the free report.)

Piracy Hurts TV and Film Growth

While piracy is often associated with the developing world, a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development highlights its costs in the world’s richest economies and blames piracy for sluggish growth in the film and TV industries. The executive summary of the report, entitled The Economic Impact of Counterfeiting and Piracy, “estimates that trade in counterfeit and pirated goods across national borders may have totaled $200 billion in 2005.” However, the total value of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, maybe several hundred billion dollars higher, in part because its estimate excludes the value of digital products distributed via the Internet. 

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