Pay TV Operators

Al Jazeera dismisses Kids channel chief and senior staff

The general manager and a swathe of senior staff at the Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) have been dismissed, leaving international production partners in the dark about the future of their projects.’s sister site TBIvision understands that general manager Mahmoud Bouneb (pictured) and up to 30 of the senior JCC management, including director of […]

Al Jazeera launches in the Balkans today

Al Jazeera’s news service for the Balkans rolls out today. From 18:00 local time today, the channel will be beamed to homes in the region via Eutelsat’s WC3 satellite at 16° East, reaching both cable and DTH homes. Al Jazeera Balkans will carry news, documentaries and current affairs programming and will be based in Sarajevo, […]

UPC Poland adds Canal Plus On Demand

Cable operator UPC Poland has added Canal Plus Poland’s on-demand service to its video-on-demand line-up. Canal Plus Na Żadanie is the 10th on-demand channel in UPC’s VOD service. UPC On Demand currently offers a choice of about 450 films including over 60 features and documentaries in HD, as well as almost 1,000 free programmes. UPC […]

French VOD market expected to pass €200 million

France’s video-on-demand market should produce revenues of €200 million this year, according to the latest survey by GfK and NPA Conseil. The figure, if achieved, would represent growth of over 20% year-on-year, with growth in VOD compensating for a decline in sales of DVDs, leaving the video market worth €1.32 billion, comparable with last year’s […]

TF1 lowers guidance as ad market suffers

France’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 has lowered its revenue guidance for 2011 as a result of lower than expected advertising revenues in the third quarter. The broadcaster now expects full-year sales to be down by about 1% year-on-year rather than flat. Third-quarter revenues were down 3.7% to €561.2 million, pushing the figure for the first […]

Telefónica sees TV growth

Spanish telco Telefónica had 3.2 million TV customers at the end of September, up 18% year-on-year, boosted by repositioning in Brazil and Spain. In Spain, the operator had 804,000 TV customers at the end of the quarter, up 4%, with 20,000 additions in the third quarter.

AMC Networks increased programming costs offset revenue increase

An increase in international revenue at AMC Networks international business was offset by increase programming and marketing costs in the cable channel group’s most recent quarter. US MSO Cablevision approved the spin-off of its US and international cable networks into a separate business, AMC Networks, in June. The new unit, which comprises the US and […]

Denmark to get new sports channel

A new sports channel for Denmark, Kanal Sport, is expected to launch on the YouSee cable platform in March. The channel, which will be included in YouSee’s digital service, will cover local sports that have not hitherto been televised. Live broadcasts will be produced in partnership with Danmarks Idræts-Forbund. Holger Kristiansen has been named as […]

Sky Deutschland beats analyst expectations

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has turned in a solid set of results, beating analysts’ expectations with a smaller loss than predicted. Sky added 98,000 net customers in the third quarter, more than doubling its additions year-on-year and taking its net additions for the year to over 200,200. Gross additions numbered 188,000, up 17% year-on-year, […]

Viasat launches Viaplay on Apple mobile devices

Viasat has launched a version of its online TV service on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The Viaplay app is available in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and can be downloaded from Apple’s proprietary digital App store. Subscribers will be able to use the app to access the three online TV packages, TV, TV+Film and TV+Film+Sport.