Pay TV Operators

Etisalat expands reach with Intelsat

Middle Eastern telco Etisalat has signed a multi-year agreement for capacity on the Intelsat 22 satellite, which is scheduled to launched next month. Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat will use the satellite’s capacity to expand the reach of its broadband and GSM backhaul services to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and central Asia. “We […]

Viacom airs six-year deal for six channels in Turkey

MTV will relaunch on the Digiturk pay TV service in Turkey in a six-year carriage deal that covers six Viacom channels in all. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) extricated itself from a joint venture with Multichannel Developers that ended in dispute and with MTV being pulled from the Digiturk platform. The new agreement clears the […]

Connect TV offers 45 OTT Freeview channels

Connect TV, the platform that brings OTT content to the UK’s Freeview platform, has begun streaming the Racing UK channel, taking the total number of channels it offers to 45. Connect TV’s MHEG-powered platform uses the D-Book streaming extensions that were originally designed to support catch-up TV services and works on all Freeview HD devices […]

BSkyB trebling spend on arts channel

BSkyB is increasing the amount it spends on its arts and culture channel Sky Arts three fold. The UK pay TV operator said that the added investment will allow it broaden the range of content on the channel. It will also have a new look and overall brand identity. Upcoming programmes on the channel include […]

Vodafone Germany pulls out of football rights battle

Vodafone Germany will not seek to acquire Bundesliga football rights, the company’s CEO Friedrich Joussen has said. Joussen told WirtschaftsWoche that he wanted to negotiate a partnership agreement with whoever won the rights after the bidding process was complete. However he said there was no business model that provided a positive return on the rights, […]

MTG goes regional in Sweden

Modern Times Group is increasing the number of regional broadcasts for TV3. The Swedish free-to-air channel previously split its offering across six regions. From today that total has been increased to 19. The same content and schedule is available country-wide, but each regional service carries different advertising. MTG said splitting its service in this way […]

Vodafone Portugal launches interactive business app

Vodafone Portugal has launched an interactive business news TV service. The ETV Interactivo application, developed in partnership with TV channel Económico TV, will provide free access to financial and economic news, stock quotes and other information. The service is accessible via the blue button on remote controls for Vodafone’s OTT TV service, via the StartApps […]

Lattelecom extends fibre network

Latvian telco Lattelecom has build out its fibre network in the town of Krāslavā in the eastern part of the country. The move gives access to the telco’s fibre network to a further 2,520 households. Lattelecom’s fibre network, offering internet speeds of up to 500Mbps, is currently available to 415,000 households, mostly in Riga.

Landlady claims latest victory in Sky battle

The UK High Court has this morning ruled in favour of pub landlady Karen Murphy, quashing an earlier conviction relating to her use of foreign decoders to broadcast live Premier League matches in her pub. This latest ruling comes after Murphy took her case to the European Court of Justice, claiming that she had the […]

Latin America leads Telefónica’s pay TV growth

Telefónica increased its pay TV subscriber base by 18.7% last year, ending December with a total of 3.3 million subscribers. In its home market of Spain, the telco added 29,000 pay TV customers in the fourth quarter to end the year with a total of 833,000 an increase of 6% year-on-year. Elsewhere in Europe, Telefónica’s […]