Pay TV Operators

Canal Plus wins Champions League rights

Canal Plus has won the fifth and final package of UEFA Champions League broadcast rights for the 2012-15 seasons. The package acquired by Canal Plus consists of 13 ‘first-pick’ live matches as well as the UEFA Champions League magazine programme. Each match will be broadcast live on Canal Plus, with the Saturday Final and the […]

KDG expands VOD network

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is rolling its video-on-demand platform out to the cities of Rostock and Wismar. The operator’s Video Select service will be available to 130,000 households in the two cities from tomorrow. Content on the platform includes movies and TV shows in both SD and HD. The additions mean that from […]

Numericable extends gaming service

Visiware, the interactive TV game company, has added new interactive games to Numericable’s cable network. Most of the games will be offered for free from December 15 until January 6. New games include 1 vs 100, Deal or No Deal and Sensual TV. French operator Numericable has been offering games to its customers in conjunction […]

MCE TV expected to apply for DTT frequency

French student-oriented channel Ma Chaine Étudiante TV (MCE TV) is expected with the next few days to apply for one of the six available new slots announced by media regulator the CSA on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to local reports. MCE TV is currently available on cable and IPTV services. Other channels seeking a […]

Q&A: Khulud Abu. Homos, OSN

Khulud Abu. Homos, senior vice-president programming at Dubai-based satellite TV operator OSN spoke to about content issues in the Middle East. What are the key factors affecting the TV industry in the Middle East and North Africa? The advent of digital technologies provides a wealth of opportunity in consumer choice. This will drive innovation […]

Ono adds remote record to TiVo

Spanish cable operator Ono has added remote record to its TiVo platform. Users can schedule a recording using any compute with internet access. TiVo by Ono lets users record two channels simultaneously and store more than 200 hours of content. The platform is currently available in Madrid and Barcelona and will roll out to the […]

Rostelecom grows pay TV base seven-fold

Russian telco Rostelecom said it had grown its pay TV base to 5.8 million at the end of September, up from only 900,000 a year earlier, thanks in part to its acquisition of NTK and other service providers. The operator recorded growth of 200,000 pay TV subscribers in the three months to September. While pay […]

Swisscom targets tourists with LTE pilot

Swisscom has launched a pilot LTE project offering high-speed mobile broadband services in seven areas popular with tourists. The pilot is targeted at holiday makers who can receive seven days of mobile broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps for CHF19 (€15). A monthly offer is also available for CHF60. Users will require an LTE-enabled USB […]

CSA rejects Paris Première and LCI requests to go FTA

French media regulator the CSA has rejected requests by M6-owned digital channel Paris Première and TF1-owned news and information channel LCI to move to the free-to-air part of the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. M6 president Nicolas de Tavernost told Les Echos newspaper that the group considered itself to have been unfairly treated. The rejection of LCI’s […]

BSkyB says competition probe should include Netflix

UK pay TV operator BSkyB says that the Competition Commission should include online content providers such as LoveFilm and Netflix. The Commission is investigating the market for pay TV movies in the UK and whether Sky has a dominant position. Sky says it has neglected to include the online services already present in the UK […]