Pay TV Operators

Channel Five reportedly ditching Sky for ITN

UK commercial broadcaster Channel Five is set to cancel a contract with BSkyB to provide news content and resign previous supplier ITN, according to UK press reports. Five owner Northern & Shell has cancelled a deal, which was slated to run for five years until end-2012, with Sky and is now expected to ink a […]

Liberty Global rules out BSkyB bid as subscriber growth continues

Liberty Global (LG) is unlikely to make a bid for UK pay TV operator BSkyB, according to chairman John Malone who was speaking to the Financial Times. Malone said the cable company is looking to expand further into Europe and would like to enter the UK market, but when asked whether he would be interested […]

Sky Italia passes five million subs

News Corp reported an earnings surge in its fiscal first quarter financial results, helped by growth at the company’s international pay TV networks. The company saw its revenue grow by 7% to US$7.96 billion (€5.8 billion) and reported an earnings rise of 45% in its direct broadcast division, which houses the company’s Italian pay TV […]

BT Vision additions reach two year high

BT added 41,000 BT Vision customers between July and September, the highest quarterly rise for more than two years. The additions mean the telco ended September with a total of 639,000 BT Vision customers. The quarter also proved successful for BT ‘s high-speed broadband offering BT Infinity, with 88,000 new customers signing up. Total subscribers […]

Numericable catches up with Turner

French cable operator Numericable has added four Turner channels to its catch-up platform. The channels include kids’ networks Boomerang, Boing and Cartoon Network, and film channel TCM. Customers will need to subscribe to the relevant packages to be able to view the channels via Numericable’s catch-up service. Boing and Cartoon Network are available in the […]

Pay TV drives PT revenue growth

Third quarter revenues from Portugal Telecom’s residential customer segment increased 5% year on-year thanks to pay TV and broadband growth. The telco ended September with 974,000 Meo pay TV subs after adding 55,000 customers in the third quarter. The total subscriber base is 26.7% bigger than at the same period a year earlier and PT […]

BBC Worldwide Channels renews Red Bee deal

Broadcast services provider Red Bee Media has renewed a multi-year deal with BBC Worldwide channels, to provide broadcast services for a suite of channels across Europe and South Africa. Red Bee Media will continue to provide end-to-end, file-based media management and playout services for eight BBC Worldwide channels from its facilities in London. The channels […]

TF1 using Elemental for multiscreen delivery

Multiscreen content delivery specialist Elemental Technologies has announced that French broadcast group TF1 Group is using Elemental Live to support delivery of live and catch-up content for the multiplatform MYTF1 service. MYTF1 is accessible through mobile applications, IPTV services and various websites. TF1 is using Elemental Live to create the content delivered through MYTF1 portals. […]

Poland set for DTH merger

Polish media company ITI and its subsidiary TVN have agreed to form a strategic partnership with pay TV group Canal Plus. The deal will see TVN and Canal Plus merging their pay TV activities to create a common DTH platform with a subscriber base in excess of 2.5 million. TVN is expected to combine its […]

Al Jazeera launches sports streaming service

Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera is launching a digital streaming sports service. The company will air over 13,000 live events per year on the site, which will include content across all of its Al Jazeera Sports TV channels as well as its entire comprehensive rights portfolio. The service, which will launch online as well […]