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Broadband Content Bits: Dr Who, VMED VOD, ITV PPV, Tory Broadband, Absolute Radio/Kindle

Dr Who: The BBC is planning to extend the Dr Who franchise into games. This signals the BBC re-entering the gaming industry after shutting its Multimedia division in 2005. The Dr Who venture is being licensed through BBC Worldwide. (via MCV)

Virgin Media: The pay-TV provider had 750 million views on its VOD service in 2009, with catch-up from BBC, ITV (LSE: ITV), Channel 4 and other channels being some of the most popular content. Some 59 percent of Virgin Media’s 3.7 million TV customers now use the service, a 250k increase over last year. (emailed release)

ITV: The appointment of Adam Crozier as the new CEO of ITV may lead the commercial broadcaster to revisit the idea of pay-per-view services, an idea it has floated in the past as a way to offset falling advertising revenue. (via The Telegraph)

100Mbps broadband: More party positioning in the lead-up to the general election. The Conservatives are proposing private investment in the local network, and potentially money from the license fee, be used to extend “superfast” broadband of up to 100Mbps to the majority of UK homes by 2017. (via The Guardian)

Absolute Radio: The radio broadcaster has made its podcasts available for the Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Kindle. It claims that it is the first European station to do this. (via Absolute’s blog)