Pay TV Operators

Date set for Multichoice Nigeria hearing

Digital satellite TV service Multichoice Nigeria has been requested by the Federal High Court in Lagos to file an undertaking to pay damages to the collection society Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN) if it is found that the broadcaster used MCSN member works in its broadcasts without the correct license. A hearing has been set […]

Canalsat to carry Orange film channels from early April

  French pay TV operator Canalsat will start offering Orange’s five channel Cinéma Séries bouquet from next month. The movie channels will be carried in Canalsat’s top tier or available a la carte for €12 a month. Orange has movie deals with Hollywood studios including MGM and Warner Bros.    

France’s connected TV commission sets to work

Following last month’s creation of a commission to study the impact and need for regulation of connected TV, French media regulator the CSA has revealed further details of how it is to operate. Emmanuel Gabla, the head of the commission, has announced the creation of five study groups to study different aspects of the question. […]

Sundance promotes Palluth

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has promoted Ed Palluth to executive vice-president, global distribution. He was formerly senior vice president, global distribution.   Palluth will continue to handle distribution for AMC Networks’ international titles, including Sundance Channel and WE tv and will continue to report to Bruce Tuchman, president, AMC/Sundance Channel Global. Tuchman said, “Ed helped launch […]

Beeline TV preparing OTT roll out

Vimpelcom-owned Russian IPTV operator Beeline TV will launch an over-the-top service and start delivering multiscreen services this year. Speaking to local press, Beeline TV’s director of marketing Anatoly Smorgon said an initial launch on tablet devices is expected by May. He added that the OTT service is likely to incorporate user-generated content.

Polsat adds HD multiscreen

Polish cable operator Cyfrowy Polsat has launched a HD version of its multiscreen service. Users can view two HD channels from the Family HD package simultaneously on two separate TV sets. Subscribers to the premium packages, including Comfort, can use the service free of charge, while other customers will be charged between PLN10 (€2.50) and […]

Ono continues TiVo expansion

Spanish cable operator Ono has extended its TiVo service to the city of Valencia. Ono’s TiVo platform allows users to record two channels simultaneously and store over 200 hours of content as well as providing advanced content search and recommendation. Around 1.5 million and SMEs homes in Valencia can now receive the service along with […]

Telenet, VRT and RTL take Champions League rights

Belgian cable operator Telenet and TV broadcasters RTL and VRT have acquired the TV rights to UEFA Champions League football for the 2012-15 seasons. Free-to-air broadcaster RTL has won the French-language rights to the best match in each kick-off slot every match week. RTL will show both live matches as well as a highlights programme […]

Sky Deutschland gets more satellite capacity

Sky Deutschland has inked a deal for an additional transponder from satellite services company Astra. The German pay TV operator will use the extra capacity, at the 19.2° east position, for HD channels and programming. Astra is now using 11 transponders in all on Astra satellites.

OTE TV to carry CNBC

Greek IPTV and digital satellite service OTE TV has added financial news channel CNBC to its line-up. CNBC is available to all of the Greek telco’s TV subscribers, via both satellite and the Conn-x internet connection. The service offers about 50 channels in total.