Pay TV Operators

Nick to reach three million African homes

Kids channel Nickelodeon has expanded its footprint in Africa with a launch on Multichoice’s DStv pay TV platform. The deal brings Nickelodeon to an additional 36 countries in central, east and west Africa. The channel will be available in the DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access bouquets. Nickelodeon debuted in southern Africa in […]

On Demand Group signs deal with 20th Century Fox

SeaChange International-owned video-on-demand provider On Demand Group (ODG) has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to expand video-on-demand services in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East. The deal will see Fox movies made available on services supplied by ODG in Greece, Cyprus, UAE, Qatar, Egypt, and Morocco. Recent blockbusters including Gulliver’s Travels, […]

DNA breaks Virgin Media’s cable broadband record

Finnish cable operator DNA has delivered broadband speeds of 1.58Gbp on its network, which it claims is a world record for cable broadband speeds. DNA tested the speed of its network in collaboration with Cisco and Santa Monica Networks. The test was carried out over a distance of 20km. “Currently we are offering our customers […]

Analysts positive on Ziggo

Ziggo’s unexpectedly strong performance over the past 18 months has prompted it to be upgraded by influential credit ratings agency Moody’s. The agency rates almost €2 billion of debt held by the company, which is the largest MSO in the Netherlands. Moody’s said that Ziggo’s strong performance placed it in a better position to service […]

MTS acquires FTTB operators

Russian service provider MTS Group has acquired four companies providing broadband and TV services via fibre-to-the-building networks in the Tula region in southern Russia, according to local reports. The services, which operate under the Altair brand, were acquired for RUB680 million (€16 million) including debt. According to the reports, the hold a 72% of the […]

IPTV launch in Novosibirsk

Russian IPTV service provider West-SibTranstelekom has begun offering digital TV services in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, according to local reports. The company is offering broadband services and a range of TV channels, using the Netris IPTV platform. The company plans to expand its activities to other cities in western Siberia.

KDG names new finance chief

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has named Andreas Siemen as its new chief financial officer, effective from October. Siemen is currently director of corporate development with responsibility for corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at KDG. He previously worked for McKinsey & Co for 10 years.

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, […]