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Telefonica and United Internet place Hansenet bid

Spanish telco Telefonica and German ISP United Internet have made an offer for Telecom Italia’s Hansenet unit, according to local reports. The two companies are understood to have placed first round non-binding offers for Hansenet, which has been valued at approximately €1bn by analysts.

SES signs Turner deal for CNN

Satellite operator SES Americom-New Skies has signed a five-year distribution and contribution agreement with Turner Broadcasting System for the delivery of news channel CNN to and from Europe and the Middle East. Turner is leasing two transponders with a total of 72MHz of capcity aboard the NSS-7 satellite. The same satellite is also providing the […]

Virgin signs VOD deals

UK cable operator Virgin Media is bulking up its video-on-demand service after striking a range of content and technology deals. The operator has renewed its deal with Seachange International-owned TV technology company On Demand Group to provide management services and back end support for its VOD platform. This comes as Virgin Media has also struck […]

Astra boosts presence in Ukraine

Satellite operator SES Astra has revealed it now broadcasts to over 7.6 million of the 17.8 million households in Ukraine. Last year the operator delivered digital satellite services to an additional 1.8 million households, meaning it now broadcasts to 2.2 million of the country’s 2.3 million digital satellite homes. Astra operates in Ukraine through its […]

Telekom Austria selects Agama for IPTV

Quality assurance company Agama Technologies has announced that Austrian telco Telekom Austria has deployed its digital-TV monitoring solution to ensure the quality of its IPTV headend platform. Agama said the solution, which is powered by video/audio stream analysers, enables Telekom Austria to take control of head-end IPTV streams from the transport to the content layers […]

SES Astra signs Spanish broadband deal

Satellite operator SES Astra has signed a new contract to market its high-speed internet access product ASTRA2Connect to Spanish consumers. Distribution partner Net2 will market ASTRA2Connect in the Iberian Peninsula, including the Balearic Islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza. It will offer four different speed packages with download rates of up to 2Mbps. ASTRA2Connect enables […]

Pilat launches advertising management solution

Broadcast management system specialist Pilat Media has unveiled an advanced advertising management solution to integrate targeted and traditional advertising campaigns. IBMS:OnTarget is an add-on product for its IBMS sales system. Pilat said the new solution enables content and service providers to integrate targeted and traditional advertising using the same campaign and inventory management software.  

NHK launches on Freesat

Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s English-language international news channel has launched on UK free-to-air DTH platform Freesat. NHK World TV is available via Freesat’s news and sports programme guide.

RGB Networks reaches US$100m shipments

Network video processing company RGB Networks has revealed shipments of more than US£100m (€77m), claiming that 2008 was the company’s most successful year to-date. RGB Networks said that in just over three years it has shipped 6,000 ad insertion, HD and VOD delivery products to 140 customers in 24 countries.

Nokia sells mobile TV unit

Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has sold its enterprise mobile TV unit to India’s Wipro. The Mobile Broadcast Solutions unit creates software and hardware to enable mobile TV technology on a mobile handset to find and access the broadcasting network.