Pay TV Operators


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 […]

Sky Italia uses Newtec Equalink as part of patented transmission system

Italian DTH platform Sky Italia is using Newtec’s Equalink DVB-S/S2 pre-distortion solution in connection with its transmission solution, already filed as patent. According to Newtech, the installation has resulted in a 10% performance increase, equating to an additional two channels on each of its 23 transponders. Italy-based Communication Video Engineering supported Sky Italia in implementing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Swiss regulator says fibre plans could be anticompetitive

The Swiss competition regulator WEKO has found that joint projects by Swisscom and local public utility providers to build new fibre networks could pose a threat to competition in the market. Cable operator UPC Cablecom said that the finding confirmed its own view and demanded that the various parties involved addressed WEKO’s concerns.

Sistema looks to expand Stream TV

Russian media firm and pay TV operator Sistema Mass Media, the owner of pay TV service Stream, is eyeing the launch and acquisition of a number of new television channels through its Stream division. This comes as the company announced its latest financial results. 
”In the TV division, the [company] intends to increase its base […]

Sundance Channels launches VOD in Poland

Sundance Channel is launching a high definition video-on-demand service through Polish pay TV operator UPC Polska. The international arm of the Robert Redford-founded arts and culture network will launch a raft of independent movies and series through its Sundance Channel On Demand platform. Movies will include Screw Cupid, Tiny Furniture and documentary Sex Magic and […]

Volia launches Hypervelocity

Ukrainian cable operator Volia is giving its broadband subscribers the ability to upgrade their internet services for a limited period an additional charge of  regardless of the package they subscribe to. The service, Hypervelocity, allows 2Mbps and 10Mbps customers to boost their speeds up to 38Mbps while DOCSIS 3.0 customers with up to 30Mbps can […]

UPC Slovakia’s HD line-up hits ten

UPC Slovakia has added HD channel JOJ HD to its line-up. The channel airs various international series, including the CSI: franchise, Bones, Dexter and Glee. UPC’s digital network offers 10 HD channels – Discovery HD, National Geographic HD, History HD, Eurosport HD, ČT HD, Spektrum HD, HBO HD, FilmBox HD, FilmBox HD+ a JOJ HD.