Pay TV Operators

Canal Plus grows base as Vivendi confirms outlook

Canal Plus France added 96,000 net subscriptions in the year to June. The pay TV company posted revenues for the first half of this year of €2.392 billion, up 2.8%. Canal Plus Group (which includes StudioCanal as well as the French and overseas pay TV operations) posted EBITA of €495 million for the first half, […]

UPC Czech boosts HD line up

Cable operator UPC Czech Republic has expanded its channel line-up with the addition of the Spektrum HD and FilmBox Family HD channels. Spektrum HD offers documentary programming covering genres including science, adventure, travel, history and wildlife. FilmBox Family HD airs family oriented movies between 08:00 and 22:00. It will join Filmbox, Filmbox Extra and Filmbox […]

Lagardère unlikely to IPO Canal Plus stake anytime soon

French media group Lagardère is unlikely to launch an IPO of its 20% stake in pay TV group Canal Plus France in current market conditions, according to chief financial officer Dominique D’Hinnin. D’Hinnin told financial daily Les Echos that the company was still willing to sell but that a public offering was probably not feasible […]

Zon revenues boosted by triple-play and VOD growth

Portuguese cable operator Zon Multimedia is still attracting new triple-play customers, and penetration has now reached almost 60%. Despite slowing triple-play growth, the operator said less than 30% of new customers take a single service. It ended June with a total of 678,500 triple-play customers, up from 571,900 a year earlier. During the second quarter, […]

Swisscom reveals VOD usage figures

Swisscom has revealed that it had approximately 3,000,000 VOD requests from its Swissom TV customers in the first half of the year. That figure was up from just over 1,500,000 requests for the same period a year earlier and just under 2,500,000 during the second half of 2010. Swisscom TV offers about 5,000 VOD titles, […]

ONO adds Prisa’s football channel

Spanish cable operator ONO has begun offering Prisa TV’s Fútbol (Football) channel. ONO is offering the channel which airs four live Spanish league matches each weekend, airing on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays during the football season, as an à la carte service for €4.90 a month.

Deutsche Telekom reportedly to set up FTTH subsidiary

Deutsche Telekom is planning to create a new subsidiary specifically to look after high-speed fibre-optic networks and challenge the country’s cable operators in the high-speed access market, according to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland. Citing people familiar with the plans, the paper has reported that the new company, FTTH GmbH, could employ up […]

Travel Channel HD launches in Poland

Travel Channel HD is launching in Poland on the Vectra cable platform. The channel will be available from September 1 as part of Vectra’s Platinum package, airing 24 hours a day in Polish. The HD channel is scheduled separately from the standard-definition version, although Travel Channel’s flagship programmes are present on the HD version. Shows […]

UPC Austria offers Fit promotion

UPC Austria has reduced the cost of most of its Fit packages. The reductions include the Super Fit package down to €23.90 from €39.90, the Fit Super HD package down to €29.90 from €49.90 and the Best Fit package down to €35.90 from 59.90. Subscribers signing a 24 months contract will receive the discount for […]

Tele Columbus opens new Berlin HQ

German cable operator Tele Columbus has opened a new headquarters in Berlin. The company’s new offices on Ernst-Reuter-Platz in the western part of the city will initially house about 170 employees. Deitmar Schickel, CEO of Tele Columbus, said that the operator’s new headquarters reflected its position as a leading player in the states of the […]