Pay TV Operators

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 […]

httv to launch new software platform

France-based httv is launching a new software platform, httvBOX, at IBC. The HbbTV-based software platform, which will be available for connected TVs and set-top boxes, will offer functionalities including user-based profiles, personalized mosaic, push video-on-demand, catch-up TV and online enhanced EPG. “With a client device offer such as httvBOX and its head-end approach, httv brings […]

BSkyB’s studio deals threatened by Competition Commission probe

BSkyB could be forced to cut the number of studios it does exclusive movies deals with after a Competition Commission probe found that the pay TV provider’s deals with the majors restrict competition and reduce choice for customers.
 Sky has exclusive movie deals with each of the six studios. Last August, the UK communications regulator […]

Strong growth for Kabel BW

German cable operator Kabel BW ended June with 324,000 pay TV RGUs, an increase of 39% year-on-year. The number of internet/telephony customers increased by approximately 25% compared to the end of June 2010, to 740,000. The Baden-Württemberg operator generated first half revenues of €300.2 million, a 10.7% increase on the previous year. Adjusted EBITDA was […]

Greece’s ET1 could be forced to close down

Greek public broadcaster ET1 could be forced to close as part of wide-ranging cost-cutting being put forward by the country’s debt ridden government. The government has introduced public spending cuts, which were approved by the Cabinet, and streamlining of state broadcasting services is one of the key planks of the policy announced by Minister of […]

Lattelecom builds out fibre in Alūksnē

Latvian telco and IPTV provider Lattelecom has built out a fibre network in the town of Alūksnē in the north-eastern part of the country. The network currently connects 337 apartments in Alūksnē, but this number will grow to 1,623 apartments in 34 blocks in October, delivering speeds of up to 500Mbps to residents.