Pay TV Operators


MTS sees pay TV base flatline

Quad-play service provider MTS has seen its Russian pay TV subscriber base fall slightly year-on-year, which the company said was due to its redefining the subscriber base of acquired companies in line with its own practices. MTS had 2.637 million pay TV customers at the end of June, down 0.1% year-on-year. The company’s fixed-line broadband […]

Pace supplying DVB-T2 boxes for MultiChoice GOtv

UK set-top provider Pace is supplying boxes to MultiChoice Africa to support the launch of GOtv, MultiChoice’s new digital-terrestrial pay TV service for sub-Saharan Africa. The GOtv service is being delivered to customers via Pace’s next generation set-top boxes, capable of receiving DVB-T2 standard transmissions. Pace set-top boxes have so far supported the launch of […]

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 […]

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 […]