Pay TV Operators


ProSiebenSat.1 strikes deal with Unitymedia, prepares growth plan

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has struck a long-term cooperation agreement with commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 for carriage of the latter’s channels. The pair’s existing deal has been extended until 2013 and ProSiebenSat.1’s Sixx channel will be given extended carriage on Unitymedia’s analogue tier. ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels will also be carried by the operator. From […]

MTG extends presence in Africa

Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial television operator StarTimes. StarTimes will also include the channels in its pay TV offering in Nigeria. Viasat History and Viasat Nature are each being broadcast 12 […]

KDG extends high-speed access

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has extended its high-speed internet offering to an additional 300,000 homes in Bad Kreuznach, Bamberg, Bremerhaven, Erlangen and Lueneburg and surrounding towns. Subscribers in these cities will now have access to 100Mbps services. The latest upgrades take the operator’s high-speed coverage to 7.5 million homes in total KDG is […]

Discovery launches more channels on DStv

Discovery Networks CEEMEA is to launch two new channels on the South Africa-based pay TV platform DStv. From October 14 Discovery ID (Investigation Discovery) and female-focused TLC will be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact subscribers in South Africa and across the African continent. The launch of the channels takes Discovery Networks’ portfolio on […]

Telefónica selects JDSU for IPTV monitoring

Telefónica has deployed test and measurement specialist JDSU’s Home Performance Management solution to monitor and troubleshoot service issues for its IPTV content and on-demand services. Telefónica operates Spanish IPTV service Imagenio, which provides standard and high-definition programming to nearly 800,000 customers. JDSU’s centralised solution offers remote visibility into Imagenio’s home networks, using non-intrusive software to […]

Volia names B2B chief

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has named Mikhail Dmitrichenko as head of business-to-business services. Volia currently offers a range of services including broadband access, digital TV and data centre services to over 10,000 business customers, and has decided to strengthen its presence in this area. Dmitrichenko, who was previously director of sales at bank payment systems […]

Premier League ruling: who’s the winner?

On the face of it, today’s ECJ ruling that EU citizens have the right to buy and use smartcards from any European pay TV operator seems like a crushing defeat for Sky and the Premier League, and an epic victory for plucky publicans. But looking a little more closely, things could be less cut and […]

EU: Premier League viewing allowed on foreign set-tops

Football fans should be allowed to legally buy and use set-top smartcards from foreign broadcasters, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled, paving the way for individuals to watch Premier League football matches at a much cheaper rate than domestic pay TV operators charge. The ruling is a victory for UK pub landlady Karen […]

MyTF1VOD offering US shows via Facebook

French broadcaster TF1’s video-on-demand service MyTF1VOD is making US series available via Facebook for the first time. To accompany its ‘Series en Direct des USA’ VOD offering, MyTF1VOD will provide access to shows via its Social Premium VOD Séries Facebook application. Having launched its first foray into Facebook VOD in June with a show fronted […]

L’Equipe TV looking to go free-to-air

Following TF1’s request for information channel LCI to be moved to free-to-air on France’s digital-terrestrial platform, L’Equipe TV’s owner wants to do the same for the sports channel. L’Equipe director-general François Morinière, interviewed on the Le.Buzz.Media web show from Orange and Le Figaro, said that he believed sport could be an indispensable addition to the […]