Pay TV Operators

Swisscom reveals VOD usage figures

Swisscom has revealed that it had approximately 3,000,000 VOD requests from its Swissom TV customers in the first half of the year. That figure was up from just over 1,500,000 requests for the same period a year earlier and just under 2,500,000 during the second half of 2010. Swisscom TV offers about 5,000 VOD titles, […]

ONO adds Prisa’s football channel

Spanish cable operator ONO has begun offering Prisa TV’s Fútbol (Football) channel. ONO is offering the channel which airs four live Spanish league matches each weekend, airing on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays during the football season, as an à la carte service for €4.90 a month.

Deutsche Telekom reportedly to set up FTTH subsidiary

Deutsche Telekom is planning to create a new subsidiary specifically to look after high-speed fibre-optic networks and challenge the country’s cable operators in the high-speed access market, according to a report in the Financial Times Deutschland. Citing people familiar with the plans, the paper has reported that the new company, FTTH GmbH, could employ up […]

Travel Channel HD launches in Poland

Travel Channel HD is launching in Poland on the Vectra cable platform. The channel will be available from September 1 as part of Vectra’s Platinum package, airing 24 hours a day in Polish. The HD channel is scheduled separately from the standard-definition version, although Travel Channel’s flagship programmes are present on the HD version. Shows […]

UPC Austria offers Fit promotion

UPC Austria has reduced the cost of most of its Fit packages. The reductions include the Super Fit package down to €23.90 from €39.90, the Fit Super HD package down to €29.90 from €49.90 and the Best Fit package down to €35.90 from 59.90. Subscribers signing a 24 months contract will receive the discount for […]

Tele Columbus opens new Berlin HQ

German cable operator Tele Columbus has opened a new headquarters in Berlin. The company’s new offices on Ernst-Reuter-Platz in the western part of the city will initially house about 170 employees. Deitmar Schickel, CEO of Tele Columbus, said that the operator’s new headquarters reflected its position as a leading player in the states of the […]

Sky Deutschland reveals details of Sports News channel

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has unveiled details about its forthcoming Sky Sports News HD channel. The 24-hour channel, which will launch this winter, will employ 140 people, including 70 journalists and will be headed by Roman Steuer. Currently, 15 employees are working on the channel, but this number is set to double on […]

Espial powers OTE’s on-demand platform

Espial has announced that Greek telco and pay TV operator OTE is using its MediaBase solution to deliver its Conn-X on-demand platform. OTE is using MediaBase to deliver multi-tier video streaming, content delivery networking and automated asset transfer based on popularity. The telco has deployed one central site and several edge sites and Espial said […]

Red Bee commissions media study

Media management provider Red Bee Media has commissioned an industry-wide study into the future of media and the impact of new technologies, changing consumer behaviours and evolving business models. Red Bee’s programme, Tomorrow Calling, is intended to build a picture of the media world, its technological possibilities and market dynamics in 2020, through a series […]

BBC’s Thompson on defensive against Murdoch and Cameron

The BBC’s director general Mark Thompson has taken a sideswipe at News Corp’s James Murdoch, arguing that his 2009 MacTaggart lecture during the Edinburgh International 2009 Television Festival should be reassessed in light of recent events involving the media giant. Writing in the Guardian ahead of the 2011 Television Festival, Thompson said the only way […]