Pay TV Operators

Sky Italia pulls out of DTT frequency contest

Pay TV operator Sky Italia has decided to pull out of the competition to acquire new digital-terrestrial frequencies, alleging that the process was skewed in favour of rival broadcasters. The rules of the process, which were set under the government of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, meant that the frequencies were to be awarded after […]

Liberty Global moves to assuage regulator on Kabel BW

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global has attempted to mitigate the concerns of Germany’s competition regulator to allow its purchase of rival cabler Kabel BW to go ahead. Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. It has subsequently proposed concessions to the Federal Cartel Office to make […]

KDG adds MTV channel

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has added music channel MTV Brand New to its platform. MTV Brand New is a pure music channel, broadcasting the latest mainstream and niche music videos. It launched in Germany in February on Deutsche Telekom’s T-Entertain IPTV platform. The channel is available in KDG’s Premium Extra package.

Multimedia Polska adds Orange Sport

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has added Orange Sport to its channel line-up. Orange Sport will be available as part of Multimedia Polska’s basic digital package. The channel offers coverage of sports ranging from football from the French, Portuguese and Scottish leagues and Euro 2012 qualifiers, German handball, Swedish Speedway and Polish table tennis.

Beeline passes IPTV milestone

Russian IPTV service Beeline TV, the brand name of VimpelCom, has passed the milestone of half a million subscribers. Beeline TV was launched in Moscow in 2009 and is now present in 34 cities across Russia, providing linear TV, video-on-demand and other interactive services.

France completes switchover, abolishes bonus channels

France has completed its digital switchover with the end of analogue broadcasts in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The country began switching off analogue transmission at the beginning of last year and has now completed the process at an under-budget cost of €150 million. The digital-terrestrial TV platform, which was launched in 2005, now reaches 97% of […]

Tablets cannibalising TV viewing, says Orange study

New research from Orange shows that tablet devices could be cannibalising home TV viewing. Orange Exposure, an annual independent study by TNS into mobile media habits across the UK, France, Spain and Poland shows that in the UK, 35% of tablet users watch on demand content, 40% watch streamed content and 39% watch live TV […]

MAXtv launches multiscreen service

Croatian pay TV operator T-Hrvatski Telekom has launched a MAXtv service giving access to channels on computers and mobile devices. MAXtv To Go offers over 20 channels across three different packages. The basic package offers 15 channels, the Sport package offers five additional sports channels and MAXtv To Go Sport Plus offers a mix of […]

Connected TV challenges French media regulation, says experts

A group of experts charged with investigating the impact of connected TV in France is expected to recommend a wide-ranging revision of media regulation, according to press reports. The group of five – Marc Tessier, CEO de Video Futur, Philippe Levrier, a former member of media regulator the CSA and Martin Rogard, director-general, France of […]

Vodafone expands HD line-up

Vodafone is adding three new HD channels to its German IPTV platform. From December 1, the operator will include Sixx HD, TELE 5 HD and N24 HD in its line-up. The addition of the channels will take the total number of HD channels on the platform to 18.