Pay TV Operators

Canal Plus and Bolloré finalise channels deal

French pay TV group Canal+ has finalised a deal to acquire the digital terrestrial channels Direct 8 and Direct Star owned by the Bolloré Group. The technical details of the initial agreement have been slightly modified since it was first mooted, with Bolloré giving Canal+ two options for the full acquisition of its television business. […]

INEA adds Disney Junior

Polish cable operator INEA has added Disney Junior to its programming line-up. The channel will be offered as part of INEA’s Wygodny, Wygodny HD and Wygodny PVR packages for an initial promotional period, before being made available in the digital INEA Rozrywka, INEA Max, INEA Relax and INEA Bajka packages in the New Year. [ad_banner]

French high-speed internet subscribers pass 600,000

The number of very high-speed internet subscribers in France passed 600,000 at the end of the third quarter, up about 45,000 on the previous quarter. The number included 175,000 fibre-to-the-premises customers, up 20,000 during the quarter, and 425,000 others, mostly comprising cable subscribers, up 25,000. France had 22.4 million fixed internet subscribers at the end […]

Beesmart teams up with Vestel

Slovenia-based middleware provider Beesmart has teamed up with Turkey-based device manufacturer Vestel to take the Beesmart middleware to Vestel set-top boxes and jointly drive the development of applications and services. “Beesmart’s experience and knowledge of the IP set-top box industry made them an ideal partner to us,” said Hakan Kutlu, deputy general manager responsible for […]

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 […]