Premiere to launch €100m Sky promotional campaign

German pay-TV operator Premiere will spend €100m on advertising for its newly-branded Sky Deutschland service, according to local reports. The budget will be used to promote the service, which launches on July 4, across multiple media platforms, with €40m set aside for TV ads. CEO Mark Williams was quoted as saying that renaming the company […]

Teracom chooses Net Insight for media network

Swedish transmission services provider Teracom has chosen Net Insight’s Nimbra platform for the expansion of its media contribution network. In 2008, Teracom deployed a core network interconnecting its media contribution networks in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. Teracom is now expanding its media contribution network with an additional site in Copenhagen to cater for transport of […]

WISI acquires A2B Electronics

German cable technology specialist WISI has acquired Swedish headend specialist A2B Electronics. A2B is strong in the Scandinavian cable TV market, supplying equipment to all the major operators in the region. According to WISI, A2B will continue to operate as a separate entity within the WISI group of companies, with executive vice-president Olof Atterfors acting […]

Orange plans online TV site

Orange is reportedly planning to launch a new online video-on-demand site where it will make recent archive shows available. According to Variety, Orange in France plans to launch the new site, to be named Welles after Orson Welles, by the end of the year.   The paper cited Orange’s new venture subsidiary Orange Vallée chief […]

KT takes SES capacity for Africa and Middle East coverage

Korea Telecom (KT) has signed an agreement with satellite operator SES to take up to 9MHz of C-band capacity on the NSS-703 and NSS-12 satellites to enable its domestic customers to connect to Africa and the Middle East via a single hop. KT has deployed a 32-metre uplink antenna to access the satellites at its […]

TDF names suppliers for DTT VOD delivery

French transmission services provider TDF has chosen conditional access provider Viaccess, content push technology specialist Quadrille and set-top box software specialist 27M to deliver premium content to video-on-demand channels’ subscribers on digital-terrestrial TV. TDF has been offering push-VOD services on the DTT network to broadcasters on a trial basis since earlier this year. Programmes are […]

MAXtv adds news channel

Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom has added Croatian news channel 24sata TV to its MAXtv IPTV service. The channel offers short 10-minute news clips covering events in Croatia and around the world, and also provides coverage of show business and sports news. Since May, MAXtv has also been carrying international news channels Sky News, France 24 […]

M6 to sue Duroux

French broadcaster M6 is set to take Axel Duroux, the new general director of rival TF1, to court, according to financial daily Les Echos. Duroux is a member of M6’s supervisory board and the broadcaster claims he has access to sensitive and strategic information. It said occupying both positions is not appropriate and as a […]

Ziggo to carry Dutch public broadcaster’s HD services

The Netherlands’ public broadcaster will launch HD versions of Nederland 1, 2 and 3 on July 4, beginning with coverage of the Tour de France. Cable operator Ziggo has said it will carry the three public HD channels without additional charges. The channels will initially carry a mix of native HD and upconverted programming. 

Prisa appeals against pay-DTT plans

Spanish media group Prisa is to appeal against the government’s decision to allow all DTT channel operators to broadcast pay-TV channels. The Spanish government had intended to grant pay-TV licences on case-by-case basis but has since decided that all operators that broadcast nationally can operate a pay channelPrisa, owner of pay-TV platform Digital Plus, said […]