MTG reports mixed results

Modern Times Group (MTG) added just one thousand new premium subscribers in the Nordic markets last year but sales of value-added services including HD, DVR and multiroom rose more substantially. Despite adding 16,000 new customers in the three months to the end of December, Viasat, MTG’s pay TV operator, ended the year with 1.058 million […]

Strong quarter for Scripps

International broadcaster Scripps Networks Interactive saw revenues increase 10% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The US-based company posted revenues of US$553 million (€417 million). Ad revenue was up 11% year-on-year to US$394 million while affiliate fee revenue increased 5.7% to US$147 million. By channel, Food Network generated most revenue at US$204 million (up 15%), […]

Vianeos releases new HbbTV middleware

TV technology company Vianeos has released a new HbbTV middleware platform which it says is compatible with all HbbTV devices including TVs and set-top boxes. The October HbbTV Edition is available as a standalone appliance, software only or cloud access, according to Vianeos. It covers corporate, hospitality, healthcare and education applications and offers access to […]

The Euro50 Q&A: Emma Scott, Freesat

Under managing director Emma Scott’s leadership free-to-air DTH platform Freesat has become the UK’s fastest growing TV service. It recently sold its two millionth unit, far exceeding original sales projections and taking gross retail sales to £1 billion (€1.2 billion) since launch in May 2008. The platform offers more than 150 TV, radio and interactive […]

Sky Italia turns loss to profit

Sky Italia managed just 23,000 new subscriber additions during the second quarter, 2012, ending December with 5.03 million customers. The News Corp-owned DTH operator did, however, post a healthy improvement in its profits due primarily to increased advertising and subscription revenues. Operating income amounted to $6 million (€4.5 million), an improvement of US$18 million versus […]

MobiTV preps European expansion

US-based mobile TV technology company MobiTV has hired a general manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa and says it is committed to expanding its services in the region. Paul Burmester becomes general manager and senior vice-president, EMEA for MobiTV, which said he will use his experience at various US cellcos to work up […]

Lagardère writes down value of Canal Plus stake

Lagardère has reduced the value of its stake in pay TV provider Canal Plus by €300 million. The move leaves the French conglomerate’s 20% holding in Canal Plus worth about €1.2 billion, higher than the estimates of most analysts. The write-down is the first made by Lagardère on its stake in the pay TV operator […]

BBC and Thomson complete Freeview fifth HD channel trial

UK public broadcaster the BBC is set to broadcast a fifth HD Freeview channel on the country’s DTT Multiplex B using Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE EM3000 encoders. Thomson said technical trials conducted by the BBC and communications regulator Ofcom found that Thomson’s encoders would enable the delivery of a fifth HD channel from a single […]

Disney committed to international channel expansion

Disney reported a 1% increase in first-quarter revenues of US$10.8 billion (€8.2 billion) in 2011 and a 12% increase in quarterly net profit of US$2.4 billion. Media networks, which includes domestic and international free and pay TV channels, reported a year on year revenue increase of 3%, taking the total to US$4.8 billion. Speaking to […]

e-Vision adds time-shifted e-masala

UAE service provider Etisalat’s e-Vision service has launched a time-shifted version of its Indian channel e-masala. The channel, e-masala +2, will provide subscribers to the eLife triple-play offering to catch up on the channel’s programming two hours after the initial broadcast. Rashed Alabbar, vice-president, home product marketing at Etisalat said, “The introduction of e-masala +2 […]