Pay TV Operators

Orange and Publicis to create digital startup fund

France Telecom/Orange and advertising agency Publicis Group have teamed up to launch a new venture capital fund to finance and develop digital economy startups. The pair have committed to jointly invest €150 million in the fund, and will invite other investors to join with a target of reaching €300 million. The fund’s targets for investment […]

Etisalat plans large-scale expansion of OTT offering

UAE-based telco Etisalat is planning to expand the availability of its recently launched eLife OnWeb over-the-top service to a range of new devices. Speaking at Informa’s IP&TV Forum MENA event in Dubai earlier this week, Rashid Al Abbar, vice-president, home products marketing at Etisalat, said that an eLife iOS app would be published and available […]

Liberty buys into t-commerce firm Delivery Agent

Liberty Global has bought into t-commerce technology company Delivery Agent. The cable TV group was one of several investors that contributed an extra US$30.5 million (€22 million) to Delivery Agent in a new round of fundraising.
 The technology company provides t-commerce services to numerous TV companies including NBCU, Fox, CBS, Discovery and HBO via a […]

Virgin Media passes high-speed milestone

Virgin Media’s 100Mbps internet service is now available to over 20 million homes across the UK, following launches of the service in Harborne, Birmingham, Seven Kings in Greater London, Lincoln and Solihull. Virgin Media said it was on track to complete the expansion of the 100Mbps service across its entire network by the middle of […]

KDG expands high-speed internet

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has extended high-speed internet to a further 740,000 households, giving them access to 100Mbps services. KDG has upgraded its networks to provide high-speed access to over 100 small and medium-sized communities in Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Pfalz and Schleswig-Holstein, taking the total numbers of homes passed by high-speed services in […]

Solid quarter for Eutelsat

Satellite operator Eutelsat reported another solid set of quarterly results, with revenues up 3.4% year-on-year to €295.4 million. Video applications remains the largest sector in terms of revenues, contributing revenues of €198.2 million in the first quarter 2012, up 1.4%. The number of TV channels broadcast across Eutelsat’s fleet continued to increase, reaching a total […]

UPC Slovakia expands HD line-up

UPC Slovakia has added two new channels to its line-up. A HD version of CME-owned Slovakian-language channel Markíza is now available in the cable operator’s Entry package. It is the eleventh HD channel to launch on UPC’s digital network in Slovakia. Movie channel FilmBox Family has been added to the FilmBox package, alongside the FilmBox, […]

ER Telecom expands internet TV services

Russian service provider ER Telecom has launched its internet TV platform in the cities of Bryansk and Cheboksary. The service, called iTV, is available to subscribers to ER Telecom’s high speed broadband service in the two cities. It offers 26 channels and allows users to watch and record programmes online. iTV has launched in […]

Channel Five reportedly ditching Sky for ITN

UK commercial broadcaster Channel Five is set to cancel a contract with BSkyB to provide news content and resign previous supplier ITN, according to UK press reports. Five owner Northern & Shell has cancelled a deal, which was slated to run for five years until end-2012, with Sky and is now expected to ink a […]

Liberty Global rules out BSkyB bid as subscriber growth continues

Liberty Global (LG) is unlikely to make a bid for UK pay TV operator BSkyB, according to chairman John Malone who was speaking to the Financial Times. Malone said the cable company is looking to expand further into Europe and would like to enter the UK market, but when asked whether he would be interested […]