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Fox cooks up Dutch channel



Fox International Channels is launching a round-the-clock cooking channel in the Netherlands. 24Kitchen will roll out on on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway and Glashart’s pay TV services, reaching three million viewers. The channel will be a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding. It will […]

Unitymedia boosts HD offering

Unitymedia is increasing its HD offering with the launch of two new channels in the next few days. The German cable operator will add Romance HD on September 27 and Spiegel TV Wissen HD on October 4. Romance HD, a joint venture between Mainstream Media and ZDF Enterprises, is a female-skewing network offering series based […]

Cable needs to connect emotionally, says Hacmon 


UPC Broadband’s managing director, products and online media group Doron Hacmon has called on cable operators to think about how they connected emotionally with customers. Delivering the opening keynote at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit in Malta this morning, Hacmon gave the example of the Starbucks coffee shop chain, which could charge €2.85 for a product […]

UPC Netherlands extends reach

UPC Netherlands is extending the reach of its internet, digital TV and telephony services to the municipalities of Geldermalsen, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, New Lekkerland and Ruurlo. From this week, an additional 22,000 households in these areas will have access to the full range of the cable operator’s services. The operator has upgraded networks covering some 120,000 homes […]

UPC Poland finalises Aster acquisition

Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland has finalised the acquisition of Poland’s fourth largest cable operator Aster. The move follows regulator approval for the deal by regulator UOKiK, conditional on Liberty Global selling some assets in areas where the two providers’ networks overlap. UPC said the deal marked the beginning of the process of consolidating the Polish […]

Liberty Global’s Fries unveils plans on Horizon

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries used the opening day of the IBC conference in Amsterdam to unveil the new Horizon set-top box, which will be rolled out first on UPC Netherlands’ network in the first quarter of next year before being launched on UPC Cablecom in Switzerland and Unitymedia in Germany soon after. The operator […]

UPC Austria tops 1Gbps broadband speed

UPC Austria has become the latest cable operator to trial broadband speeds in excess of 1Gbps. In a field trail, the company achieved a maximum broadband speed of 1.3Gbps. It follows Finish operator DNA’s 1.58Gbps trial last month, which it claimed to be a world record. In July, UK cable operator Virgin Media successfully delivered […]

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 […]

Aster sale goes ahead but Liberty must sell assets

Poland’s antitrust regulator has approved Liberty Global’s acquisition of Polish cable operator Aster. However, UOKiK said it was conditional on Liberty Global, which operates under the UPC Polska brand in Poland, selling areas of the network that overlap in Warsaw and Krakow. UOKiK said it was concerned that the combined networks would give Liberty Global […]

UPC Direct becomes freeSAT in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Liberty Global’s European satellite TV arm, UPC DTH, has rebranded the former UPC Direct service as freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. As part of the rebranding, certain packages will be available for the cost of an activation fee and an annual administration fee, without an additional monthly subscription charge. Customers have the option […]