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Cartel office extends Kabel BW review, Liberty offers concessions

The German cartel office has extended its review into Liberty Global’s proposed takeover of German cabler Kabel BW. Liberty, meanwhile, has offered unspecified concessions to help push the deal through.
 The cartel office will issue its preliminary review of the deal within days, after which Liberty and Kabel BW can make an official response. The […]

Kabel BW strikes deal with Stuttgart housing group

German cable operator Kabel BW has struck a deal with the Stuttgart Housing and Urban Development Company (SWSG) to deliver its services to all SWSG tenants in the city. Stuttgart residents will be able to receive about 40 analogue and over 200 digital TV channels. SWSG residents will also be able to access video-on-demand and […]

Kabel BW HD line-up reaches 40

Kabel BW is claiming to offer more HD channels than any other German TV operator having added Nat Geo Wild HD to its line-up. The cable operator now carries a total of 40 HD channels. The addition of Nat Geo Wild HD takes the number of HD channels launched since January to 10. The operator […]

Focus Sat adds HD and premium movie package

Romanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD channels and a new movie package to its line-up. The UPC-owned company is launching an HD service consisting initially of Discovery HD, ESPN HD and Sundance HD America. It is available at no extra cost to Familia package subscribers until the end of the year. The […]

Ziggo sees strong digital growth thanks to bundled offerings

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has posted strong digital subscriber and revenue growth on the back of its pre-summer campaign for its bundled offering and the launch of a new TV proposition including more HD channels. Ziggo grew its digital TV subscriber base by 130,000 in the third quarter to 944,000, taking penetration of digital TV […]

UPC Polska extends VOD platform and high-speed network

Polish cable operator UPC has extended its VOD platform to the cities of Lublin, Wałbrzych and Chełmno. The VOD platform offers over 2,000 movies and programmes, including around 60 HD movies, as well as VOD channels from TVP, TVN, Discovery, FilmBox, National Geographic, HBO. Sundance, Disney and Cartoon Network. UPC has also added the city […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes deal with Unitymedia, prepares growth plan

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has struck a long-term cooperation agreement with commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 for carriage of the latter’s channels. The pair’s existing deal has been extended until 2013 and ProSiebenSat.1’s Sixx channel will be given extended carriage on Unitymedia’s analogue tier. ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels will also be carried by the operator. From […]

UPC Czech adds Stil

Cable operator UPC Czech Republic has added Czech entertainment channel Stil to its digital line-up. The channel, which will be available in the operator’s starter pack, replaces lifestyle channel Public TV, which closed down earlier this year. Stil, owned by Pilsen-based TPMC, offers a mix of gameshows, magazine programmes, teleshopping and music videos.

Red Bee metadata on the Horizon

Broadcast services provider Red Bee Media has been selected by UPC Broadband, Liberty Global’s European cable division, to provide rich metadata for its next-generation TV platform Horizon. Red Bee will create and deliver rich metadata services for the Horizon platform, which is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2012 in the Netherlands. In […]

UPC Slovakia offers free HBO trial

UPC Slovakia will offer HBO’s premium channel portfolio free of charge to all digital subscribers next weekend. The cable operator will broadcast HBO, HBO2, HBO Comedy and HBO HD in the clear for four days from October 7. During the weekend, viewers will be able to watch movies including Slumdog Millionaire, Nine and Bruno along […]