Pay TV Operators

French government mulls expansion of free DTT offering

The French government wants to authorise the launch of six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, according to local reports. A meeting of ministers is expected this week to take a firm decision. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the government is minded to ask regulator the CSA to launch an appeal for bids […]

Sky Italia tops five million

News Corp-backed pay TV platform Sky Italia has exceeded the five million subscriber mark and said that it expects the customer growth to continue.
 CEO Andrea Zappia, who replaced Tom Mockridge in August, said: “In a challenging market, I feel confident that we can continue to grow by continuing to invest in creativity and innovation. […]

Portugal’s Zon goes Outdoor

Chello Zone is launching its Outdoor Channel HD in Portugal. The outdoor activity-focused service will roll out on the Zon platform, marking its debut in the country. It will be carried in Zon’s new HD package. Chello has added several new territories in the EMEA region since inking a joint venture deal with the channel’s […]

Ofcom clears Al Jazeera

UK communications regulator Ofcom has cleared Al Jazeera of any infringement of the broadcasting rules relating to its coverage of leaked documents concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict. A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) had complained of unfair treatment and invasion of privacy, but the claim was rejected by Ofcom, which said the broadcaster […]

Travel Channel HD launches on Zon

Travel Channel has launched the HD version of its channel on Portuguese pay TV provider Zon Multimédia’s line-up. Travel Chanel HD is available as part of Zon’s Pack Mais Alta Definição package, airing 24 hours a day. Flagship shows include destination guide Essential, Inside Luxury Travel and magazine show Travel Today.

France Telecom launches Orange Switzerland sale

France Telecom has launched the sale of its Orange Switzerland subsidiary. Possible candidates for Orange Switzerland, which is valued at between CHF1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) and CHF2 billion, include Apax Partners and Providence Equity Partners.

Inea in successful 3D trial

Poland’s Inea broadcast a movie in 3D for the first time on Saturday. Subscribers to the cable operator’s Canal Plus HD package were able to view Street Dance in 3D. The movie was delivered in 3D via Inea’s HD set-top boxes. Inea offer three Canal Plus channels in HD, including Canal Plus Sport HD, Canal […]

Q&A: Aleks Habdank, director, digital entertainment product, Virgin Media

Digital TV Europe talked to Virgin Media’s digital entertainment chief about the operator’s launch of TiVo-powered hybrid set-top boxes and the multiscreen future. How should pay TV operators view OTT? Thanks to the strength of Virgin Media’s cable fibre optic network, combined with our TiVo content discovery platform, we’re offering a seamless experience where consumers […]

TF1 reportedly ready to abandon free-to-air plan for LCI

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has abandoned its attempt to migrate its information channel LCI from pay to free-to-air on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to local press. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the broadcaster is close to signing a new carriage deal with pay TV operator Canal Plus. However, the broadcaster told the paper that […]

UPC Polska extends VOD platform and high-speed network

Polish cable operator UPC has extended its VOD platform to the cities of Lublin, Wałbrzych and Chełmno. The VOD platform offers over 2,000 movies and programmes, including around 60 HD movies, as well as VOD channels from TVP, TVN, Discovery, FilmBox, National Geographic, HBO. Sundance, Disney and Cartoon Network. UPC has also added the city […]