Pay TV Operators

Ferguson tipped for BSkyB role

The chairman of private equity group SVG capital has stepped down amid speculation that he could fill the chairman role at BSkyB should James Murdoch be unseated. Nick Ferguson, who is also deputy chairman of BSkyB, has announced he will leave SVG at the end of the year. Various reports suggest that he is in […]

Viasat revs up new F1 deal

The Baltic Viasat channels will continue to air Formula One motor racing after the MTG-backed broadcaster extended its rights deal. The deal now runs until end-2014 and covers free-to-air, pay TV and digital rights. The company’s free channels will air highlights of F1 races and the pay TV channels will offer full coverage.

T-Hrvatski Telekom secures Champions League rights

Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom has secured TV rights to UEFA Champions League football for the 2012-2015 seasons for its MAXtv service. Viewers will be able to watch at least three Champions League matches a night, with the ability to view a total of 128 games per season. MAXtv will have the first choice to Tuesday […]

Vidéofutur says hybrid DVD and on-demand offering is on track

French video-on-demand and DVD rental specialist Vidéofutur says it is on target to sign up 300,000 subscribers to its €6.99 a month Pass Duo service, which combines online VOD with DVD rental, over three years. The service, which launched in mid-2011, currently has 30,000 customers. Vidéofutur said VOD usage had doubled since the start of […]

Lattelecom adds iConcerts HD

Latvian IPTV service Lattelecom TV has added music channel iConcerts HD to its on-demand line-up. iConcerts HD offers video coverage of popular and classical music concerts.

UPC Cablecom to acquire Gais network

Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom is set to acquire the cable network operated by the municipality of Gais. The electorate in Gais voted in favour of the sale on March 11. The network was set up in 1972 and now offers analogue and digital services, including HD channels, video-on-demand and up to 100Mbps broadband.

Sky Atlantic given May launch date for Germany

Sky Deutschland will launch a local version of US drama network Sky Atlantic HD in May. The pay TV operator has signed an output deal with HBO that will see the latest series of hit dramas including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire along with older titles including The Sopranos, Entourage and The Wire being […]

Polsat launches OTT service via set-top boxes

Cyfrowy Polsat is offering free VOD content from online video service Ipla via its set-top boxes. Subscribers connecting the HD5000 receiver to the internet will have access to movies and TV series from channels including Polsat, Polsat News, TV Biznes, Superstacja, Polsat Cafe, WeddingTV, Polsat Play, MTV, iTV, TV4, TV Puls, Polsat Sport and Polsat […]

Ziggo to sell 20% stake on public market

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has set an indicative price range of between €16.50 and €18.50 per share for the forthcoming IPO that will see the company sell an expected 35 million shares on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. The IPO will involve the sale of shares by Ziggo’s founding shareholders, which include affiliates of […]

Kroes backs cable opposition to Dutch open access move

European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes has told European cable CEOs that the EC is opposed to draft legislation in the Netherlands that would force cable operators to open up their networks to third-party providers. The cable industry is opposed to two amendments to the Diutch implementation of the EU Telecom Directive and one amendment to […]