Pay TV Operators


ER-Telecom doubles digital channels

Russian service provider ER-Telecom has doubled the number of digital channels it offers to TV subscribers. The number of channels on ER-Telecom’s digital network has increased to 100 from 55. Divan TV Plus subscribers now have access to 20 educational channels, 18 movie channels, 10 sports channels and nine children’s channels. The package also now […]

Mattel closes in on £500 million Hit deal 



Mattel is reportedly close to sealing a £500 million (€364 million) deal for kids TV production and distribution firm Hit Entertainment. The US toy manufacturer, the biggest in the world, is understood to be about to buy Hit from Apax, which acquired the company for about £500 million in 2005. Market watchers had anticipated Hit […]

Net Insight selected by Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting

Video transport technology specialist Net Insight has been chosen by Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting (TIMB) for a contribution network. TIMB, a Telecom Italia Group company, operates terrestrial TV networks in Italy over which its own and third party digital and analogue TV channels are delivered. Net Insight’s Nimbra platform will transport media between studios and […]

Analysts expect slowdown in Sky subscriber growth


Ahead of its quarterly results announcement on Wednesday, analysts are forecasting a sharp slowdown in the rate of growth of BSkyB’s subscriber base. The UK pay TV broadcaster will record 15,000 new pay TV customers in the quarter compared with 96,000 in the corresponding period a year earlier, according to Nomura Securities. Turnover is forecast […]

Sky Deutschland takes Sky Go to Xbox 360

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring its OTT Sky Go service to the Xbox 360. Sky Go offers various content including live football matches and premium movies via mobile devices including iPads and iPhones. The service will be available to Xbox Live Gold members with a Sky […]

OTE launches new low-cost satellite offering

Greek telco OTE has launched the new satellite version of its Conn-x TV offering with a starting price of €14.90 for OTE customers, lower than that of competitive services. The satellite version of the service, now renamed OTE TV, broadcasts from Eutelsat’s Eurobird 9A satellite and includes over 40 channels, including eight HD channels. OTE […]

Focus Sat adds HD and premium movie package

Romanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD channels and a new movie package to its line-up. The UPC-owned company is launching an HD service consisting initially of Discovery HD, ESPN HD and Sundance HD America. It is available at no extra cost to Familia package subscribers until the end of the year. The […]

ActiveVideo wins more damages in Verizon case

Interactive TV technology company ActiveVideo has won additional damages in a patent infringement case against US telco Verizon. The latest judgement, in the Eastern District of Virginia court, takes the total award of damages against Verison to almost US$140 million (€100 million), following ActiveVideo’s court win in August, in which it was awarded US$115 million. […]

Beltelcom’s Zala TV passes 400,000 subs

Beltelecom’s Zala TV service has passed the 400,000 subscriber mark, according to the Belarusian telco. The news follows expansion of the availability of the Zala TV service in the Mogilev region, where the service has about 56,500 subscribers.

Italian transmission merger moves forward

The boards of Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s transmission arm, Ei Towers, and transmission services provider DMT have approved the acquisition of the former by DMT in an all-share deal designed to create a unified broadcast and mobile tower infrastructure provider. Ei Towers is owned by Elettronica Industriale, a unit that is in turn owned by Mediaset […]