Pay TV Operators


BBC’s Thompson on defensive against Murdoch and Cameron

The BBC’s director general Mark Thompson has taken a sideswipe at News Corp’s James Murdoch, arguing that his 2009 MacTaggart lecture during the Edinburgh International 2009 Television Festival should be reassessed in light of recent events involving the media giant. Writing in the Guardian ahead of the 2011 Television Festival, Thompson said the only way […]

Eutelsat signs triple-play deal with Greek pay TV operator

Forthnet Group has signed a deal with Eutelsat that will see it bundle the satellite operator’s broadband service with its Greek pay TV platform Nova. Eutelsat said its broadband affiliate Skylogic had signed a five year distribution agreement enabling Forthnet to market the Tooway broadband service across Greece and Cyrpus. The deal also ensures future […]

Kabel BW adds trio of Sky HD channels

Kabel BW is adding three HD channels from Sky Deutschland to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the German cable operator’s network to 39. From September, Kabel BW customers will be able to watch Sky Sports Extra HD, Sky Cinema Hits HD and Sky Action HD. The cable operator recently started […]

Chellomedia takes stake in Bosnia’s OBN

Liberty Global’s content arm Chellomedia has acquired a 40% stake in Bosnian free-to-air broadcaster OBN. The company said that acquiring a position in the Bosnian market would enable it to create a hub for the launch of pay channels later as infrastructure in the country developed, as well as positioning it to benefit from growth […]

M6 renews CBS output deal

French commercial broadcaster M6 has renewed its output deal with Hollywood studio CBS Studios International. 
The move will give M6 access to all of CBS’ latest slate of programming and movies as well as series in forthcoming years. CBS Studios International’s latest raft of series includes Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted drama Ringer, cop drama The 2-2, […]

France implements Telecom Package

France has finally passed the EU’s Telecom Package into law, three months after the original deadline. The adoption of the package will enhance the powers of telecom regulator ARCEP, giving it the authority to force a functional separation of France Telecom if the latter is deemed to have too much power in the market, and […]

UPC Slovakia passes 80,000 broadband subs

Cable operator UPC Slovakia now has 80,000 broadband internet subscribers, the company has revealed. The number represents a year-on-year increase of 13,000 subscribers. UPC Slovakia’s high-speed network in available to 414,000 homes in 22 towns and cities.

KPN to launch multi-screen service

Dutch telco KPN is to launch a multi-screen version of its IPTV service Interactieve TV. The service, Interactieve TV Online, will deliver 20 channels and various interactive services to subscribers via laptops or iPads and will be available to all 416,000 subscribers of the IPTV service. Channels include the Dutch public broadcast services, channels from […]

Nick to reach three million African homes

Kids channel Nickelodeon has expanded its footprint in Africa with a launch on Multichoice’s DStv pay TV platform. The deal brings Nickelodeon to an additional 36 countries in central, east and west Africa. The channel will be available in the DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access bouquets. Nickelodeon debuted in southern Africa in […]

On Demand Group signs deal with 20th Century Fox

SeaChange International-owned video-on-demand provider On Demand Group (ODG) has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to expand video-on-demand services in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The deal will see Fox movies made available on services supplied by ODG in Greece, Cyprus, UAE, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco. Recent blockbusters including Gulliver’s Travels, […]