Pay TV Operators

Swisscom suspends fibre plans

Swisscom has suspended new joint venture partnerships for the launch of local fibre networks following a warning by the country’s competition regulator that such partnerships could be anti-competitive. Swisscom said that the regulator had singled out clauses in its agreements that were key to such projects and had effectively adopted a narrow market definition that […]

Lagardère launches Christmas channel

French media company Lagardère has announced plans to launch a seasonal Christmas-themed kids channel on pay TV platform CanalSat. Targeting kids aged 3-6 years old, Père Noël will be available from November 5 until December 25. It will air cartoons including L’apprenti père Noël and Pororo, interactive games including Passe ton diplôme de Père Noël, […]

Lattelecom trials music channel

Latvian telco Lattelecom has added a new music channel to its pay TV offering. The Latvian Music Channel is available for a trial period of six weeks. It offers Latvian music videos as well as live concerts from local musicians that will air daily at 09:00, 14:00, 18:00 and 21:00. Lattelecom’s pay TV subscribers will […]

SES-2 ready for launch

SES’s latest satellite, SES-2, is scheduled to launch from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana tomorrow. It will launch on board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket between 18:38 and 20:02 local time. SES-2 will carry 24 C-Band transponders and 24 Ku-Band transponders. It will replace SES’ AMC-3 spacecraft at 87° West and provide coverage […]

Eureka moment as CanalSat launches recommendation service

French pay TV service CanalSat is to launch a search and recommendation service called Eureka, according to Maxime Saada, deputy director-general in charge of distribution. According to Saada, Eureka will suggest each evening a list of programmes to match the tastes of each subscribing household with a set-top that is connected to the internet. He […]

Sistema abandons Kosmos TV purchase, may sell MTS

Russian conglomerate Sistema has abandoned plans to acquire a 50% stake in pay TV operator Kosmos TV, which would have given it overall control of the operator, and may sell its 52.8% stake in quad-play operator MTS, according to local reports. Russia’s RBC Daily has reported that Sistema is in discussion with unnamed parties to […]

Zon upgrades Iris platform

Portuguese MSO Zon Multimedia has updated Iris, its next generated TV platform. A software update has added a restart TV function, enabling users to see the beginning of a programme that is being aired. The DVR service has been enhanced to better manage recording conflicts, making it easier to record two channels simultaneously. In the […]

Numericable Belgium offers low-cost triple-play

Numericable Belgium is launching a new low-cost triple-play offering, Triple Play Start, available to the first 5,000 subscribers as a promotional initiative. The offering will be available for €29.90, which the cable operator says makes it the first such package in the Belgian market for under €30. The package will provide internet access at 15Mbps […]

Liberty Global honours Horizon partners

Liberty Global has awarded a group of eleven partners behind the development of its soon-to-be-launched connected set-top Horizon with the Best Innovation/Breakthrough Supplier prize at its annual Vendor Awards. Samsung, NDS, Intel, Philips, Metrological, Celeno, Nagravision, Intellicore, ThinkAnalytics, EventIS and RedBee were collectively honoured “due to the exceptionally strong collaboration on this breakthrough product suite,” […]

Disney HD launching on Sky

Disney is rolling out its Disney Channel HD service on UK pay TV platform BSkyB later this month. The HD channel will launch on September 16 and sit alongside HD versions of the Disney XD and Cinemagic channels that are already on the platform. The HD version of Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth will […]