Pay TV Operators


Lovefilm cuts StudioCanal deal

UK and German streaming and rental service Lovefilm has inked a content deal with StudioCanal, the feature film division of French premium TV provider Canal Plus. StudioCanal has the third largest film library in the world and the exclusive deal with Lovefilm allows its customers to access its titles via its streaming or postal service. […]

UPC Slovakia expands high speed network

Cable operator UPC has further expanded its high speed broadband network in Slovakia. UPC’s Fibre Power 120, which offers broadband speeds of up to 120Mbps, has launched in the cities of Prešov, Bardejov and Štúrovo. The high speed fibre network has now rolled out to a total of 13 towns and cities throughout the country.

ADB expands Teo gateway business

Set-top vendor ADB will deliver its wireless ADSL and GBETH gateways and Epicentro software to Lithuanian telco and pay TV operator Teo. ADB has been supplying Teo with broadband devices since 2009 and a new deal will see it add intelligent gateways using its Epicentro software stack with OSGi framework and network application portal. The […]

YouView reveals user interface details

YouView has revealed details of how its user interface will look and feel when it launches next year. The joint venture online streaming service has published its draft User Interface and Search Policy for consultation with the industry, which sets out how content will be presented to viewers in a way that makes it easy for […]

OTE to launch DTH service in October

Greek telco OTE plans to go ahead with the launch of its DTH service, OTE TV, in early October, according to local reports. The new service will provide a DTH alternative to MultiChoice Hellas’s Nova platform. OTE reportedly will offer a basic package of 48 channels for under €20. The service will broadcast from Eutelsat’s […]

Stofa abandons cable merger plan

Danish cable operator Stofa has abandoned its planned acquisition of Telenor-owned Canal Digital Cable TV in Denmark as a result of opposition to the deal from the country’s competition regulator. Stofa’s owner Ratos and Telenor jointly agreed to give up on the deal, which was originally agreed in January, after discussions with the regulator failed […]

Fox cooks up Dutch channel



Fox International Channels is launching a round-the-clock cooking channel in the Netherlands. 24Kitchen will roll out on on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway and Glashart’s pay TV services, reaching three million viewers. The channel will be a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding. It will […]

SeaChange to provide Horizon VOD solutions

SeaChange International has confirmed that it has been selected by Liberty Global to provide its Adrenaline multi-screen video back office and client publishing solutions for the cable operator’s Horizon next generation platform. SeaChange’s Adrenalin video back office is being deployed to automate Horizon’s on-demand TV platform. SeaChange already provides various software solutions for Liberty Global […]

VimpelCom launches new packages

Russian service provider VimpelCom has launched two new dual-play TV and internet packages under its Beeline brand – Home Standard and Home Optimum. In Moscow, the Home Standard package offers internet at 12Mbps, a wireless router, TV set-top and access to about 100 channels for RUB700 (€16), while Home Optimum offers the same TV services […]

CSA begins examining channels’ quota obligations

French media regulator the CSA has begun examining whether the country’s pay TV channels met their licence obligations to support local production last year. The regulator said that a number of channels – Beur TV, Demain TV, 3A Télésud, Best of shopping, M6 Boutique and Co, Ma Chaîne étudiante, Berbère TV, KTO and No Life […]