Pay TV Operators

Deutsche Telekom satellite TV offering passes 50,000

Deutsche Telekom’s new satellite TV service has signed up about 50,000 customers in its first six weeks, according to local press. Deutsche Telekom marketing chief Christian Illek told the Reuters news service that the operator was pleased with the progress of the satellite version of the Entertain service. He said the figures were at the […]

KPN increases TV market share

Dutch telco and pay TV operator KPN saw an increase in its television market share, but saw revenues across the company reduced. The company, which operates the Interatieve IPTV brand as well as digital terrestrial television service Digitenne, recorded a drop in revenues of 3.4% to €3.26 billion, delivering third quarter financial results that were […]

MTS acquires Tatarstan cable TV leader

Russian service provider MTS has acquired 100% of the capital of Tatarstan cable TV leader TVT. MTS acquired TVT, which provides cable TV, broadband internet and telephony services to 15 cities across the republic, for approximately US$163 million (€117 million) excluding net debt of about US$17 million. TVT has about 500,000 subscribers, with a 71% […]

Freesat adds Argos TV

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has added the Argos TV shopping channel to its line-up. Freesat has also confirmed that it will add Chinese news service CCTV-News  to its line-up later this month. The Chinese service will be available on channel 211 on the platform. Argos TV, the shopping channel launched by the UK retail […]

Cartel office extends Kabel BW review, Liberty offers concessions

The German cartel office has extended its review into Liberty Global’s proposed takeover of German cabler Kabel BW. Liberty, meanwhile, has offered unspecified concessions to help push the deal through.
 The cartel office will issue its preliminary review of the deal within days, after which Liberty and Kabel BW can make an official response. The […]

Disney Channel going free-to-air in Turkey

Disney Channel is launching on Free Sat in Turkey, taking the kids and family offering into 60% of Turkey’s 18.5 million TV homes. The channel will launch on the free-to-air service on January 12 as an ad-supported service. “Turkey’s youthful population coupled with a high affinity for digital media create a perfect environment for this […]

Hadopi surveys legitimate VOD market

Some 6,392 films have been made available on video-on-demand platforms in France this year, of  which 28% were made in France, according to a study by Hadopi, the regulatory authority set up to combat internet piracy. About 9.85 million VOD movie transactions took place in the first half of this year, about 10% of the […]

MTG reorganises management team

Nordic free and pay TV broadcaster Modern Times Group (MTG) has named Jørgen Madsen as executive vice-president of Nordic Broadcasting and Anders Nilsson as executive vice-president of central European broadcasting. The appointments are part of a reorganisation of MTG’s management team. MTG’s Nordic pay TV operations will now be run by Hans Skarplöth, who will […]

Prisa grows pay TV numbers

Spanish pay TV platform Canal Plus, which was recently rebranded from Digital Plus, ended September with 1.83 million subscribers. The Prisa-owned operator added 7,000 DTH customers in the third quarter, compared to a net loss of 18,630 in the second quarter and a loss of 20,788 in the third quarter of 2010. Wholesale subscribers numbered […]

Free’s Niel looking at Orange Switzerland

French quad-play provider Free’s owner Xavier Niel is to take part in the second round of bids for Orange Switzerland, according to French press reports. Niel has linked up with Goldman Sachs to make the bid, according to financial newspaper Les Echos. France Telecom received 10 bids in the first round, from candidates including Apax, […]