Pay TV Operators

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 […]

Tablets cannibalising TV viewing, says Orange study

New research from Orange shows that tablet devices could be cannibalising home TV viewing. Orange Exposure, an annual independent study by TNS into mobile media habits across the UK, France, Spain and Poland shows that in the UK, 35% of tablet users watch on demand content, 40% watch streamed content and 39% watch live TV […]

MAXtv launches multiscreen service

Croatian pay TV operator T-Hrvatski Telekom has launched a MAXtv service giving access to channels on computers and mobile devices. MAXtv To Go offers over 20 channels across three different packages. The basic package offers 15 channels, the Sport package offers five additional sports channels and MAXtv To Go Sport Plus offers a mix of […]

Connected TV challenges French media regulation, says experts

A group of experts charged with investigating the impact of connected TV in France is expected to recommend a wide-ranging revision of media regulation, according to press reports. The group of five – Marc Tessier, CEO de Video Futur, Philippe Levrier, a former member of media regulator the CSA and Martin Rogard, director-general, France of […]

Vodafone expands HD line-up

Vodafone is adding three new HD channels to its German IPTV platform. From December 1, the operator will include Sixx HD, TELE 5 HD and N24 HD in its line-up. The addition of the channels will take the total number of HD channels on the platform to 18.

Etisalat to add MBC HD channels

UAE-based telco Etisalat has added seven HD channels from broadcaster MBC to its eLife TV offering. The operator is adding MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Max, MBC Drama and Al Arabiya to its line-up. The channels will be available to Etisalat’s 100,000 eLife triple-play customers at no additional cost. Dual-play and […]

James Murdoch survives shareholder revolt

James Murdoch won the necessary amount of votes to be re-elected at BSkyB’s annual general meeting yesterday, although several large shareholders in the company did not back Rupert Murdoch’s son. James Murdoch won 81% of the votes and will remain in his position at the News Corp-backed UK pay TV company. Stripping out the News […]