Pay TV Operators

Swisscom launches catch-up platform

Swisscom is launching a new catch-up TV service as it revealed the growing popularity of its on-demand platform. The telco has begun market testing a service that enables customers to watch programmes from 70 channels up to 24 hours after the original broadcast. Several hundred customers currently have access to the service that the telco […]

Canal Plus names new TV chiefs

Canal Plus has named Raphaël De Andréis as deputy director-general in charge of pay TV activities and Ara Aprikian as deputy director-general in charge of free TV. De Andréis, who was previously president of Havas-owned BETC Euro RSCG, where he advised Canal Plus and CanalSat on communications strategy, will take charge of the broadcaster’s premium […]

Virgin Media gears up for Formula 1 channel

UK cable operator Virgin Media is adding the new Formula 1 channel from Sky Sports to its line-up. Sky Sports F1 will launch in March as part of Virgin Media’s Sky Sports package. Pay TV operator BSkyB won rights to the racing series last year in a deal that runs from 2012 to 2018. Its […]

Cyfra Plus launches iPhone app

Cyfra Plus has launched new iPhone and iPad apps giving access to the Polish pay TV service on those devices. The apps offer all of Cyfra Plus’s channels along with the country’s free-to-air channels available via Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite. Users can set favourite lists, search for content and set reminders.

Fox strikes ER-Telecom deal

Russian pay TV operator ER-Telecom has added Fox channels National Geographic and Fox Life to its line-up. The deal between Fox Channels and ER-Telecom will see Nat Geo programmes including Air Crash Investigation and Alaska’s Toughest Pilots airing on ER-Telecom’s platform. Fox Life broadcasts US series including Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy. Both […]

Euronews launches on DTT in Greece and Cyprus

News channel Euronews has launched on digital-terrestrial TV in Greece and Cyprus, targeting full nationwide coverage in both countries by the end of this year. In Greece, Euronews in English is available to four million people in Attica, including Athens, and Thessaloniki. Greek public broadcaster ERT plans to offer free-to-air transmission of the channel as […]

M6’s Téva goes free-to-air on Orange TV

M6’s female-focused channel Téva has moved from pay TV to free-to-air on the Orange TV platform. The company said the move would enable the channel to extend its reach by five million, taking its total audience reach to 25 million.

BSkyB and studios attack Competition Commission’s new movie market remedies

BSkyB and Hollywood studios have criticised the UK Competition Commission’s ‘further remedies’ to its ruling that the movie contracts between studios and the pay TV broadcaster are uncompetitive. In November, the Commission suggested that BSkyB could be forced to give rival over-the-top service providers access to any of its customers who can receive its Anytime […]

Rostelecom strikes deal with Disney, eyes expansion

Russian service provider Rostelecom has struck a deal with Disney to make Disney content available on-demand in standard and high-definition. Rostelecom’s IPTV subscribers will be able to access Disney movies including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean. The operator provides IPTV services under a number of brands to about […]

MTS passes three million pay TV subs

Russian service provider MTS has passed the three million pay TV subscriber mark.
 The operator reached the landmark by the end of 2011, having increased its subscriber base from 2.74 million at the end of September. During the course of the year, MTS managed to increase its digital subscriber base by 25%. It is aiming […]