Intelsat renews deals in Russia and Romania

Satellite operator Intelsat has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Russian DTH operator Orion Express. Under the deal, Intelsat will move a Ku-band satellite to 85° East by the first quarter of 2012 to offer extended capacity to Orion for standard- and high-definition content. The satellite will ensures signal reception from Russia’s western borders to […]

Trace expands HD footprint with Eutelsat

European broadcaster Trace has signed a five-year contract for capacity and uplinking services on Eutelsat’s Eurobird 9A satellite. The new deal expands Trace’s footprint across Europe and the Middle East for its three high definition networks, Trace Urban HD, Trace Tropical HD and the recently-launched Trace Sports HD. As part of the agreement with Eutelsat, […]

Freesat takes customers from Sky to pass two million

UK free-to-air satellite service Freesat has passed two million sales since its launch three years ago. The latest figures released by Freesat show that 47% of its customers to date this year have switched from pay TV service provider BSkyB. Freesat claims to be the fastest growing platform in the UK, adding 88,000 homes in […]

BBC Worldwide names CEE chief

BBC Worldwide Channels, the international channels arm of the British public broadcaster, has hired former Discovery exec Zbigniew Pruski as commercial manager across its portfolio of channels in Central and Eastern Europe. Pruski, who was previously affiliate sales administration executive at Discovery, will report to Jacek Koskowski, general manager, BBC Worldwide Channels, central and eastern […]

Food Network launches in Ireland

The Food Network has launched in Ireland after the Scripps Network Interactive-run broadcaster struck a deal with cable operator UPC Ireland. The channel will be available to all of UPC’s digital subscribers and will air series including Chopped, Barefoot Contessa, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and 30 Minute Meals. “We’re really pleased to add UPC Ireland […]

AEPOC hails antipiracy success

Anti-piracy organisation AEPOC has welcomed the breaking up of an illegal card-sharing network in Portugal following action brought by AEPOC member Zon Multimédia in June. Following investigations in Lisbon, Guarda and northern Portugal, local police dismantled the piracy network which provided unauthorised access to TV content. According to information released by the police, the network […]

Miranda selected by NBC Universal

Playout technology company Miranda Technologies has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract by NBC Universal to supply routing solutions for its broadcast facilities across the USA. Under the deal, NBC Universal will upgrade its core routing infrastructure while deploying Miranda’s new Nvision routing systems at its main broadcast facilities in New York and Los […]

Digital TV Labs claims reduction in HbbTV test time

Digital TV Labs, which provides specialised receiver conformance products and services, has claimed a reduction in test time for HbbTV applications via automating key functionality within its Ligada iSuite. The tool will be fully compliant with the official HbbTV Test Suite and allows receiver manufacturers to bring HbbTV-ready products to market quickly and cost-effectively, according […]

Interview: Sean Cohan SVP, international, A&E Networks

As A&E Networks’ international business continues to increase its footprint in Europe, Sean Cohan tells Graham Pomphrey about the broadcaster’s growth strategy, the importance of localization and the potential for 3D. A&E Networks has seen its presence in Europe grow this year, despite the tough economic conditions faced by the region. Backed by local partners, […]

Ofcom offers fifth HD DTT channel

Ofcom has invited applications for an extra HD channel on the UK’s DTT network. The communications regulator has called for applications from commercial public service broadcasters for a fifth HD slot on the Freview platform to join BBC HD, BBC One HD, ITV HD and 4HD. The move could see Channel 5 launch a HD […]