Pay TV Operators

Visiware launches PlayAlong

France-based interactive TV games provider Visiware has launched PlayAlong, a new platform designed to allow TV viewers to play TV games simultaneously using their computer, smartphone or digital tablet. PlayAlong provides a multi-player platform including management tools and applications, allowing multimedia producers to initiate live or pre-recorded interactivity, modify quiz questions in real time and […]

Jackson reportedly quits as SeeSaw chairman

Former Channel 4 CEO Michael Jackson has reportedly quit his role as chairman of struggling online video-on-demand service SeeSaw. Criterion Capital Partners, the owner of social networking site Bebo, acquired a 75% stake in SeeSaw from transmission services provider Arqiva in July. The private equity group’s agreement with Arqiva included a clause that it had […]

Al Jazeera Sports chooses Newtec

Broadcaster Al Jazeera Sports Channels will use technology from satellite communication specialist Newtec and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) to receive its multimedia content. Aljazeera has invested in several Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) TV interactive terminals from Newtec. The technology will be used to receive TV and data from key sporting events. […]

MTG launches pay TV on connected TVs

Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched a pay TV service on Samsung connected TVs. The Nordic-based broadcaster’s Viaplay on-demand platform is now available to Samsung Smart TV and [email protected] owners across the Nordic region. Viaplay offers premium live sports coverage, thousands of blockbuster movies, TV series and catch-up services on various connected devices including computers, […]

Walt Disney strikes download deals for France

The Walt Disney Company is to make a raft of its hit US series available for download in France one day after their US premiere. This comes as the international distribution arm of the Hollywood studio has struck a deal with a raft of platforms to make shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Body of Proof, […]

Free claims success for Révolution

Some 80% of French ISP Free’s new subscribers in the first half of 2011 took up its Freebox Révolution high-end combined gateway and media centre option, the company has said. Free said that its market share of broadband net additions in the first half was 36%. Free had 4.717 million broadband subscribers at the end […]

PT claims third of Portuguese pay TV market

Portugal Telecom (PT) had 919,000 pay TV customers at the end of June.   The company said it had added 89,000 pay TV customers over the six months. PT claimed a 32% share of the country’s pay TV market for its Meo offering at the end of June. PT also said it passed one million […]

Lagardère increases profit in broadcast division

French media giant Lagardère increased profits at its TV channels, programme production and distribution and magazines division Lagardère Active. Lagardère Active reported first half recurring operating profit of €52 million, up €16 million year-on-year. Excluding the International Magazine business, recurring operatingprofit totaled €20 million, up €2million. The company said the growth was down in part […]

Cyfrowy Polsat revenues up on Telewizja Polsat acquisition

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat ended June with 3.47 million DTH customers, an increase of 209,000 year-on-year. The number of broadband customers reached 43,000 and mobile telephony sub numbers increased by 89,000 to 130,000. Second quarter revenue amounted to PLN629 million (€152 million), up 67% on second quarter 2010 figures, which Polsat attributed to […]

MegaFon to look again at Akado

Russian mobile operator MegaFon will look again at the possible acquisition of cable operator Akado later this month after failing to agree on a price in previous negotiations, according to local reports. According to business daily Vedomosti, citing sources close to the company’s board, in July MegaFon discussed the possible acquisition of Akado for an […]