Conax names CEO

Telenor-owned conditional access specialist Conax has named Morten Solbakken as its new CEO. Solbakken, formerly chief operating officer at Telenor Broadcast Holding had been acting CEO since Berit Svendsen stepped up from CEO of Conax to become executive vice-president and CEO of Telenor Norway in September. “Morten Solbakken knows the company well, as former board […]

HbbTV trial for GlobeCast and France 24

GlobeCast and France 24 will launch a HbbTV trial in early 2012 with the support of Orange and SES. The service, to be offered to satellite viewers of France 24, initially in western Europe, will add a layer of interactivity to connected TVs. Throughout 2012, participating satellite TV viewers will be able to use their […]

Rovi names Carson as president and CEO

Digital technology company Rovi has appointed Thomas Carson as its new president and chief executive following the departure of Alfred Amoroso. Amoroso has been chief executive of the company since July 2005. Carson, who has worked at Rovi since May 2008 and has most recently been executive vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, will start his […]

Pace and Amino lose CEOs

The CEOs of set-top vendors Pace and Amino have left their respective companies. Pace CEO Neil Gaydon has been replaced by Mike Pulli, the president of the set-top vendor’s Americas division, following a turbulent year for the UK-based company. Pace said Gaydon was leaving to “seek a fresh challenge”. He had worked at the company […]

Irdeto to protect Polsat’s mobile TV service

Irdeto will provide conditional access security to Cyfrowy Polsat when the DTH operator launches its mobile DTT service. The operator acquired mobile TV infrastructure provider Info-TV-FM in October. It said it was in talks with device manufacturers and has signed a deal with Irdeto to secure its pay TV service on mobile devices capable of […]

Smartclip and Accedo offer gaming ads

Video advertising specialist Smartclip and smart TV app developer Accedo have signed an agreement that will see pre-roll video ads inserted into gaming app Funspot. Smartclip will start monetising the Funspot games with in-gaming pre-rolls in European markets including the Nordics, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Funspot offers various casual games including board, arcade, […]

Amos-5 makes successful launch

Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has announced the successful launch of its Amos-5 satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Amos-5 launched aboard a Proton Breeze-M launcher yesterday at 11:17 GMT to its 17° East orbital position.
In the coming weeks, Amos-5 will undergo a sequence of in-orbit tests, after which its manufacturer, ISS Reshetnev, will officially […]

Ono adds remote record to TiVo

Spanish cable operator Ono has added remote record to its TiVo platform. Users can schedule a recording using any compute with internet access. TiVo by Ono lets users record two channels simultaneously and store more than 200 hours of content. The platform is currently available in Madrid and Barcelona and will roll out to the […]

SeaChange’s software business contributes to revenue increase

VOD technology company SeaChange has reported third quarter revenues of US$53.4 million (€40 million), a 9% year-on-year increase. The company’s software segment contributed the majority of revenues at US$37.6 million, up US$4.4 million, which it attributed to a significant home gateway licensing transaction with a large domestic service provider, higher VOD software revenues from eventIS […]

Motorola Barometer highlights changing TV habits

Research from Motorola shows that consumers’ appetite for mobile TV, social TV and connected services is increasing. Motorola Mobility’s 2011 Media Engagement Barometer, an independent study of video consumption habits among 9,000 consumers in 16 markets, shows that people spend an average of 12 hours online a week. Over half of respondents (61%) said they […]