Pay TV Operators

Canal Plus shareholders back Meheut’s continued leadership

Canal Plus’s shareholders have given a strong sign of their confidence in the continued leadership of CEO Bertrand Meheut by voting to confirm him in this post for the next four years. The shareholders’ oversight committee also confirmed Rodolphe Belmer, currently CEO of Canal Plus France, as his successor. The move follows a week of […]

Swisscom chooses S3 for IPTV testing

Swisscom is using digital TV quality assurance company S3’s StormTest Development Center for software testing on its IPTV set-top boxes.   StormTest Development Center allows automated software testing to be executed across multiple digital TV devices. Swisscom is using the solution to test its customised Microsoft Mediaroom Client and TV apps. This simulates the customers’ […]

CSA to launch commission on connected TV in France

French media regulator the CSA is to create a commission to study the development of connected TV in the country. Emmanuel Gabla (pictured, left), the CSA board member in charge of internet and new services, said that, even though only about 5% of French homes had a connected TV today, the regulator believed connected TV […]

Telenet’s multi-play strategy paying off

The addition of new customers across Telenet’s digital TV, internet and telephony services and increased triple-play penetration led to a 6% revenue growth for the Belgian cable operator last year.   Telenet posted full year revenues of €1.4 billion in 2011, up from €1.3 billion in 2010. Digital TV subscribers numbered 1.4 million at the […]

Eutelsat sees record backlog

Eutelsat’s order backlog has increased almost 10% to a record €5.3 billion, the satellite operator said on announcing its first half 2011-2012 results. This follows the launch of two new satellites to expand its presence in the Middle East, Africa, central Europe and the Indian Ocean islands. Video applications remain Eutelsat’s key business, generating first […]

French external media boosted by France 24 Arabic launch

The channels run by France’s external media organisation, Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), have doubled their audience worldwide in the last three years, the AEF has said. News channel France 24, and radio services RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya reached a combined weekly audience of over 90 million viewers and listeners last year, compared […]

Lagardère names Micoleau as programming chief

Lagardère has named Laurent Micoleau as programming chief at its Lagardère Active media arm. In the role of secretary-general for programming and broadcast TV, Micoleau will be charged with leading programming strategy for the company’s channels in France and internationally and supervising programme acquisition and production. Micoleau, who was previously secretary-general for broadcast channels, will […]

The Euro50 Q&A: Duco Sickinghe, Telenet

Last year was a particularly busy one for Belgian cable operator Telenet’s CEO Duco Sickinghe. It saw the expansion of high-speed internet access, the bolstering of the Yelo TV anywhere service launched last year, the acquisition of mobile spectrum and the entry of the company as a competitor to Belgacom in acquiring and airing premium […]

Tellenbach: TVN and Canal Plus to retain stakes in merged operation

TVN and Canal Plus Group intend to retain their stakes in their joint pay TV company, despite interest expressed by Telekomunikacja Polska (TP) in taking a stake, according to reports. TVN and Canal Plus agreed in December to create a joint enterprise, merging respective pay TV services ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus into one company, under […]

NTV Plus launches free-to-air package

Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus is launching a new free-to-air starter pack to attract subscribers. The package, which will be available via Eutelsat’s W4 and W7 satellites, will comprise 14 channels encompassing sports, news, entertainment, educational and kids programming. The inclusion of sports content is designed to differentiate it from similar rival offerings, according […]