Pay TV Operators


Virgin Media to expand fibre network

Virgin Media’s high-speed fibre network will pass at least 100,000 additional homes by the end of 2011. During the first six months of the year Virgin Media has extended the infrastructure to an additional 73,000 homes and the network now reaches half of the UK. The cable operator said a “substantial new construction project” is […]

Liberty Global seen as possible buyer for Orange Switzerland

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global and a raft of private equity firms are reportedly in the running to acquire the Swiss arm of France Telecom. The French telecom firm and pay TV operator announced at the end of July that it was looking to sell Orange Switzerland as part of a portfolio review that […]

Farncombe designs UI for Digiturk’s new hybrid service

European TV services consultancy Farncombe Consulting has announced that its design division WeAreAka has developed the user interface for the forthcoming hybrid digital TV platform provided by Turkish platform operator Digiturk. WeAreAka designed the user interface and played a key role in engineering the overall user experience for Digiturk’s hybrid satellite/IPTV platform. Farncombe said the […]

MBC to provide content to Orange Jordan TV service

Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC has struck a deal with Orange Jordan that will see it offer a raft of TV series and movies via its mobile TV service. The deal will see programmes including Arab’s Got Talent made available via the service, which includes content from the MBC1 and Al Arabiya channels. Ammar Bakkar, group […]

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD to launch on Sky Deutschland

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD are to launch on Sky Deutschland in Germany and Austria later this year. The two channels will launch on Sky on October 15, exclusive to the News Corp-backed pay TV platform. Entertainment channel Fox HD will air shows including Mad Men and Walking Dead in HD quality, while […]

NMa to investigate KPN acquisition of CAIW

Dutch media regulator the Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit (NMa) has said that the planned acquisition of cable operator CAIW by telco KPN has the potential to reduce competition in the market and should be subject to further investigation. Telecoms regulator OPTA has also concluded that the acquisition should be more closely investigated. If the two companies submit […]

Romtelecom adds trio of Chello channels

Romanian telco Romtelecom has added Chello Central Europe’s TV Paprika, JimJam and MGM TV to its Dolce pay TV platform. Food channel TV Paprika, kids channel JimJam and movie channel MGM TV are available in the Dolce Extra and Dolce Maxim packages. Last week Romtelecom announced that had 1,222,336 TV customers at the end of […]

BSkyB secures new Super League deal

BSkyB has signed a new deal securing coverage of Super League rugby for Sky Sports until the end of 2016. Under the deal, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to matches for the 2012-16 seasons. The deal will mean that the satellite broadcaster will have held the rights to Super League rugby for 21 years […]

Telekom Austria completes B.net acquisition

Telekom Austria has announced the closing of the acquisition of Croatian cable operator B.net via its Croatian subsidiary Vipnet. Based on an agreed total purchase price of €93 million, Vipnet today acquired 100% of shares of B.net allowing it to gain full control of the company. 
The acquisition was announced on June 8 and given […]

Changing channels – pay TV broadcasters targeting the CEE region

As the CEE channel environment becomes more competitive, with new digital launches from local as well as international players, so channel providers have to differentiate through strong content and localization to stay ahead. Stuart Thomson reports. International channel providers continue to see central and eastern Europe as a significant growth market, despite the well-publicized economic […]