Pay TV Operators

TDC sees record VOD buys in July

Danish telco TDC Group, which also owns cable operator YouSee, said that July was a record month for its video-on-demand service, with a total of over 140,000 movie rentals in the course of the month. The figure represents double the figure for July 2010, a month characterized by much finer summer weather than this year. […]

Mediaset and Rai in court over Endemol talent format

Pier Silvio Berlusconi has weighed into an ongoing battle over Endemol talent format Baila! Berlusconi, son of Italian prime minister Silvio and deputy chairman of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, refuted claims that Baila! is a copy of Ballando con le stele, the local version of Dancing with the Stars, which is aired by public broadcaster Rai. […]

Outdoor Channel launches in Serbia and Ukraine

Chello Zone-owned Outdoor Channel will be carried in Serbia and Ukraine after carriage deals were concluded with pay TV operators. In Serbia, the channel will be carried on Open IPTV, the IPTV service operated by the country’s largest telco, Telekom Srbija. In Ukraine it will be on the Volia in the cabler’s HD and SD […]

Sundance launches in Greece and CEE

Sundance Channel has secured carriage in Greece and a trio of territories in central and eastern Europe for the first time. The AMC Networks-operated channel, which was created by movie star Robert Redford, will launch on the 24/7 in Greece, the IPTV service operated by the country’s largest telco, OTE. A Sundance Channel video-on-demand service […]

Telenet launches repurchase programme

Belgian cable operator Telenet has launched a share repurchase programme, allowing the company to buy back a maximum of one million shares over the next nine months. The repurchased shares will be held by the company to cover its obligations under existing stock option plans.

Orange offers free weekly iTunes film download

Orange is offering its UK customers a free film download from iTunes each week as part of a new promotion. Every Thursday, Orange Home Broadband and mobile customers on pay as you go, pay monthly, mobile broadband or business tariffs will be able to download a film worth £4.99 (€5.70) free of charge. The titles […]

Virgin Media to expand fibre network

Virgin Media’s high-speed fibre network will pass at least 100,000 additional homes by the end of 2011. During the first six months of the year Virgin Media has extended the infrastructure to an additional 73,000 homes and the network now reaches half of the UK. The cable operator said a “substantial new construction project” is […]

Liberty Global seen as possible buyer for Orange Switzerland

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global and a raft of private equity firms are reportedly in the running to acquire the Swiss arm of France Telecom. The French telecom firm and pay TV operator announced at the end of July that it was looking to sell Orange Switzerland as part of a portfolio review that […]

Farncombe designs UI for Digiturk’s new hybrid service

European TV services consultancy Farncombe Consulting has announced that its design division WeAreAka has developed the user interface for the forthcoming hybrid digital TV platform provided by Turkish platform operator Digiturk. WeAreAka designed the user interface and played a key role in engineering the overall user experience for Digiturk’s hybrid satellite/IPTV platform. Farncombe said the […]

MBC to provide content to Orange Jordan TV service

Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC has struck a deal with Orange Jordan that will see it offer a raft of TV series and movies via its mobile TV service. The deal will see programmes including Arab’s Got Talent made available via the service, which includes content from the MBC1 and Al Arabiya channels. Ammar Bakkar, group […]