Pay TV Operators

UPC Austria to offer Sky packages

UPC Austria customers in the cities of Vienna, Graz and Klagenfurt will be able to receive Sky Deutschland’s premium services after the two operators struck a distribution agreement. From October 3, UPC will begin offering the Sky Film, Sky Sport and Sky Fußball Bundeslig packages along with various other premium channels from Sky to its […]

Red Bee selected by NHK’s JSTV

Broadcast services company Red Bee Media has been selected to provide HD enabled post-production, media management and broadcast services for NHK’s JSTV channel portfolio in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and north Africa. The JSTV channels broadcast various Japanese language programming, including NHK News, documentaries, drama, animation, sport and entertainment shows from Japanese commercial broadcasters. […]

MTIS increases sports line-up

Belarusian cable operator MTIS will add the NTV Plus Sport channel to its line-up. The sports channel operated by Russian pay TV operator NTV Plus has been available in test mode for a month. MTIS said that positive feedback from its customers means it will offer the channel permanently from October 1. NTV Plus Sport […]

Meheut says Canal Plus will contest TPS merger ruling

Vivendi president Bertrand Meheut has said Canal Plus will contest the French competition regulator’s decision to reverse its authorisation of its merger with rival pay TV service TPS five years ago. In a development that shocked the pay TV operator, the regulator last week reversed its green light for the merger on the grounds that […]

Canal Plus claims record viewing for

French pay TV operator Canal Plus’s portal recorded 45 million videos viewed in September, with an average of 1.6 million views per day, up 197% year-on-year. Canal Plus said the growth was due to the success of flagship programmes including Le Grand Journal, SAV, Le Petit Journal, Les Guignols, Bref and its Champions League […]

Lovefilm cuts StudioCanal deal

UK and German streaming and rental service Lovefilm has inked a content deal with StudioCanal, the feature film division of French premium TV provider Canal Plus. StudioCanal has the third largest film library in the world and the exclusive deal with Lovefilm allows its customers to access its titles via its streaming or postal service. […]

UPC Slovakia expands high speed network

Cable operator UPC has further expanded its high speed broadband network in Slovakia. UPC’s Fibre Power 120, which offers broadband speeds of up to 120Mbps, has launched in the cities of Prešov, Bardejov and Štúrovo. The high speed fibre network has now rolled out to a total of 13 towns and cities throughout the country.

ADB expands Teo gateway business

Set-top vendor ADB will deliver its wireless ADSL and GBETH gateways and Epicentro software to Lithuanian telco and pay TV operator Teo. ADB has been supplying Teo with broadband devices since 2009 and a new deal will see it add intelligent gateways using its Epicentro software stack with OSGi framework and network application portal. The […]

YouView reveals user interface details

YouView has revealed details of how its user interface will look and feel when it launches next year. The joint venture online streaming service has published its draft User Interface and Search Policy for consultation with the industry, which sets out how content will be presented to viewers in a way that makes it easy for […]

OTE to launch DTH service in October

Greek telco OTE plans to go ahead with the launch of its DTH service, OTE TV, in early October, according to local reports. The new service will provide a DTH alternative to MultiChoice Hellas’s Nova platform. OTE reportedly will offer a basic package of 48 channels for under €20. The service will broadcast from Eutelsat’s […]