Pay TV Operators


Vodafone launches TV in the Netherlands

Vodafone is launching a triple-play package of TV, internet and telephony in the Netherlands. The Dutch arm of the telco will launch its first TV offering with a package of over 60 channels, 20 of which will be in high definition. The platform will also offer video-on-demand and catch-up. Vodafone Home Internet, Phone & TV […]

Cartoon Network launching UK HD channel

Turner Broadcasting is launching a high definition version of its kids channel Cartoon Network. The Cartoon Network HD service will roll out on the BSkyB pay TV platform in the UK on September 14. It marks the first HD channel launch from Turner in the UK. Shows that will be transmitted in HD include Ben […]

OPTA confirms NMa view on KPN acquisition

Dutch communications regulator OPTA has supported competition regulator the NMa’s analysis of the impact of a merger between telco KPN and regional cable operator CAIW. The NMa earlier said that the acquisition of CAIW by KPN could have an adverse impact on competition in the markets in which CAIW was active. The OPTA’s confirmation of […]

Primacom launches home alarm system

German cable operator Primacom has launched an emergency alarm system targeting its elderly and vulnerable customers. The operator has launched the service in partnership with Sonotel, a non-profit organisation that supplies home care and social communication services. Users are supplied with a device that can be worn around the wrist or neck that when pressed […]

Akado adds Dozhd’ TV

Russian cable operator Akado has begun broadcasting Dozhd’ TV. The channel, which airs a mix of news, culture and factual programming, will be available in Akado’s Mix and HD packages.

Star Capital reportedly looking to acquire Tele Columbus

Private equity company Star Capital is looking to buy German cable operator Tele Columbus, according to local press. FT Deutschland has reported that the UK-based group, which already owns German cable operator Pepcom, is in negotiations to buy Tele Columbus. Pepcom, which was acquired last year, has about 630,000 subscribers, while the much larger Tele […]

Sky Deutschland narrows losses, increases revenues

Sky Deutschland reduced its losses and increased revenues in the second quarter of the year. The German pay TV operator reported second-quarter after-tax loss of €53.6 million, compared to a loss of €81.9 million a year earlier. Revenues were up 17% year-on-year to €276.7 million. Operationally, Sky added 33,000 customers during the quarter meaning first […]

PBS to launch UK channel in November

PBS, the US Public Broadcast Service, is to launch a channel in the UK on November 1 on the BSkyB pay TV platform. PBS has secured a licence from media regulator Ofcom for the channel, which will be managed by Richard Kingsbury, previously the head of thematic channel provider UKTV’s Good Food and Yesterday channels. […]

Swisscom TV growth continues

Swisscom ended June with 512,000 TV customers, 200,000 more than at the same time last year. The telco said the number of people signed up to triple-play bundles including the Vivo Casa offering that combines fixed-line telephony, internet and TV had reached 300,000. The number of broadband customers in Switzerland was up 5.8% to 1.6 […]

Scandinavian Canal Plus to launch new HD channels

TV4 Group-owned Scandinavian pay TV service Canal Plus is to launch new HD channels in the autumn. Canal Plus First HD, an HD version of the group’s most popular film channel, will launch on August 19. Another HD version of an existing Canal Plus movie channel, Canal Plus Hits HD, will launch in October. Canal […]