Pay TV Operators

Akado names commercial chief

Russian cable operator Akado has appointed Sergey Nazarov as vice-president responsible for commercial services and strategic business development. Nazarov was previously an advisor to the president of MTS on fixed-line and broadband, having worked as director-general of Comstar subsidiary Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS).

Volia boosts HD offering

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has boosted its HD offering with the addition of Modern Times Group channels Viasat History HD and Viasat Nature HD. The channels will be available in promotional mode until the end of the year, after which subscribers will be polled on the changes. Volia’s HD package currently comprises Nat Geo HD, […]

Tele Columbus invests in Dresden headend

German cable operator Tele Columbus has installed a new headend in Dresden, providing services to up to 100,000 households via an upgraded fibre network by 2016. The headend currently serves about 36,000 homes in Dresden, with 30,000 further households set to be added by the end of next year. The operator is investing about €15 […]

Virgin Media boasts strong TiVo take-up

UK cable operator Virgin Media has signed up 222,000 customers to its TiVo service to date. The news came as the operator reported a solid third quarter performance. Virgin Media had signed up 162,900 TiVo customers by the end of the third quarter, including 127,200 net additions, around a third of which were new to […]

Canal Plus Group in talks to acquire TVN

Canal Plus Group and Polish commercial broadcaster TVN have revealed that they are in exclusive negotiations to establish a strategic partnership in Poland. Wojciech Kostrzewa, CEO of ITI Holdings, TVN’s parent company, told Bloomberg that the two sides were working to reach an agreement by the end of this year. ITI Holdings is seeking to […]

Strong Orange TV growth fails to offset revenue slide

France Telecom/Orange’s TV base, including both IPTV and satellite customers, grew by 26.5% year-on-year to reach 4.8 million at the end of September. The company recorded a million net additions in the course of the year, mainly in France and Poland. In France, Orange had 4.124 million TV customers, up 28% year-on-year. Broadband customers rose […]

Viasat adds nine catch-up channels

Pan Nordic broadcaster Viasat has added nine channels to its online catch-up television service Viaplay. The channels will be available on the digital platform across the region. Channels including classic movie network TCM, MTV, CNN, CNBC News, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, Boomerang as well as Viasat’s own Crime Play channel. Niclas Ekdahl, chief executive, […]

Al Jazeera to launch new sports channel

Al Jazeera Media Network is launching a sports news channel across the Middle East next month. The channel, which will be distributed via satellite platform Nilesat, will launch on November 1. This coincides with the 15th anniversary of Al Jazeera. The channel will cover all major international sports events and tournaments including the English, Spanish, […]

Etisalat launches new channels

Middle Eastern pay TV platform Etisalat is launching three channels from India’s Times Television Network. The company, which operates the e-Vision pay TV service in the United Arab Emirates, is launching Times Now, ET Now and Zoom as it looks to appeal to the growing South Asian community in the country. The deal was announced […]

Rostelecom signs strategic partnership with Sagemcom

Russian service provider Rostelecom has signed an agreement with France-based decoder provider Sagemcom to cooperate in the development and production of multimedia equipment. The pair will jointly develop, poroduce and distribute consumer devices in Russia under the Rostelecom brand, providing access to broadband internet and digital TV services. Separately, Rostelecom’s Urals division has launched the […]