Pay TV Operators

UPC Netherlands expands digital channel offering

Cable operator UPC Netherlands has expanded its offering of digital channels. UPC has added Animal Planet HD, BBC One HD and Fox Life HD to its HD offering, taking the total number of HD channels to 27. In addition to BBC digital channels BBC3 and BBC4, UPC is now also offering BBC kids channels Cbeebies […]

Numericable to offer broadband to all TV customers

French cable operator Numericable is planning to offer broadband internet access to all its customers, giving pay TV-only subscribers the chance to take a 5Mbps service at no extra charge, according to local reports. Numericable will offer the service via its digital set-tops, allowing it to offer web-based interactive TV services direct to TVs, including […]

DNA launches pay TV on terrestrial network

Finnish telco and pay TV provider DNA is launching pay TV services hitherto only available on cable on the country’s digital-terrestrial network. DNA is providing SD and HD channels, including its Mix HD package, an eight-channel offering that can be tailored to the tastes of particular subscribers. DNA is offering a selection of its pay […]

Orange France launches premium Arabic channels bouquet

Orange has launched an eleven channel package of channels for Arabic viewers. The French pay TV operator has introduced a premium bouquet that includes Al Alan TV, Melody Aflam and Murr TV and costs €11.90 a month. Four of the channels are already available in the basic Arabe package of channels, which costs Orange subs […]

Viasat launching news broadcasts in Ghana

Viasat will launch a daily news programme on its Ghanaian channel, Viasat1, starting August 15.  The channel, which launched three years ago and has a viewing share of over 17%, will launch Viasat1 News as a daily, 30-minute news broadcast going out at 19:30. The main news anchors will be Emmanuel Kwasi Afriyie, Nana Ekua […]

Scripps acquires Virgin Media stake in UKTV

US-based Scripps Networks Interactive has struck a deal to acquire Virgin Media’s 50% stake in UKTV. Scripps will pay £239 million (€273 million) for Virgin Media’s common equity and a further £100 million for the outstanding preferred shares and debt owned by UKTV to Virgin Media. BBC Worldwide will retain its 50% stake in UKTV. […]

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 […]