Pay TV Operators


Viasat names programming chief

Viasat Broadcasting has named Daniela Neumann as vice-presdent of central programming. Neumann, who was previously acting controller of entertainment at ITV, will take up her post with the Scandinavian broadcaster on September 1 and will report to senior vice-president of programming and entertainment Jakob Mejlhede.

France looking to DVB-T2 for next stage of digital-terrestrial

The French government is considering delaying the launch of new digital-terrestrial channels in order to take advantage of the more spectrum-efficient DVB-T2 standard already used by countries including the UK (where it was used to launch HD channels on the platform) and Italy. The government confirmed to local press on Monday that it had submitted […]

ONO ups internet speed

Spanish cable operator ONO will increase the speed of its 12Mbps internet offering to 15Mbps in September. Subscribers to any bundle that includes the 12Mbps package will see their speed increase to 15Mbps, with upload speed of 1Mbps, at no extra charge. ONO currently offers its very high-speed 50Mbps service to about seven million homes, […]

Former Belgacom chief calls for merger talks

Belgacom’s former CEO Bessel Kok has called for more rapid privatization of the company and the possible restart of merger talks with Dutch telco KPN in order to protect itself against competitive threats. Kok, who still has a minor role with the operator as chairman of an internet subsidiary involved in the Middle East, told […]

VimpelCom to develop networks in Yakutia

Russian service provider VimpelCom has signed an agreement with the Republic of Sakha (also known as Yakutia) in Siberia to cooperate on the development of communications in the region. In addition to developing its 3G mobile network, VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, will integrate its operations with local cable operator Helios TV, a […]

DNA names marketing chief

Finnish telco and cable operator DNA has named Kati Riikonen as vice-president, marketing, consumer business, responsible for product marketing management, brand development and coordination. She previously worked as an entrepreneur and held positions at Motorola and Nokia. DNA has also named Paula Miettinen as vice-president, marketing, corporate business.

OTE moves forward with plans for satellite TV service

Greek telco OTE is moving forward with plans to launch a new pay TV offering via satellite in September, according to local reports. The new Conn-X satellite TV offering will be cheaper than the existing satellite offering from rival Nova, currently available on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite position at 13° East. The OTE Conn-X bouquet […]

Miramax to launch Facebook streaming service

US studio Miramax is to launch a movie streaming service via Facebook in the US, UK and Turkey, with France and Germany to follow in the near future, according to a report by the PaidContent website. The Miramax experience, as the service is called, will offer 20 titles for rent in the US, and 10 […]

Carlyle Group completes acquisition of Sagemcom

Private-equity investor Carlyle Group has completed the acquisition of French set-top provider Sagemcom from Gores Group. Carlyle Group has acquired 70% of the capital of Sagemcom for an undisclosed sum, with the remainder being held by the company’s existing management and employees. Sagemcom reported revenues of €1.4 billion last year. The company has 6,000 employees […]

Motorola and Telenet in successful IPv6 trial

Motorola Mobility and Belgian cable operator Telenet have jointly tested and evaluated the first phase of the IPv6 features of Motorola’s BSR 64000 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS). The tests demonstrated the IPv6 capabilities of the Motorola BSR 64000, currently deployed across Belgium by Telenet to deliver its residential broadband and video services. The lab […]