Jinni appoints CEO

TV search and recommendation specialist Jinni has appointed Michael Pohl as CEO. Pohl currently serves on the board of directors at Ascent Media and BigBand Networks. He was previously president of the global strategies group at C-COR, where he oversaw worldwide sales, marketing, product management and global strategy.  

Mediaset launches TGCOM iPhone App

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has launched its TGCOM news service as an iPhone and iPod Touch application. The application, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store, gives users access to news, video clips and photos from TGCOM.

ProSiebenSat.1 set to benefit from improving market

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is set to take advantage of improving advertising conditions, according to analysts Morgan Stanley. The investment bank says that German TV ad spend will improve in the fourth quarter of the year. “Media buyers are getting cautiously more optimistic about year end as they have recently seen advertisers increase their commitments […]

Thor 6 safely in Guiana

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s Thor 6 satellite has arrived at the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Thor 6 will replace the current Thor III satellite, which is set to retire in 2010, as well as provide additional capacity for expansion. The spacecraft is to be launched from the Guiana Spaceport onboard the Ariane 5 ECA launcher […]

Digital TV growth continues in UK

The number of UK digital TV customers taking triple-play services continues to increase, according to Ofcom’s Digital TV Progress Report for the second quarter. By the end of June, 16% of BSkyB customers, or 1.5 million, took three services, up from 11% last year. The number of Virgin Media subscribers taking three or more services […]

Virgin Media confirms secondary listing

Virgin Media has confirmed its intention to proceed with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange. The UK cable operator has lodged an application with the UK Financial Services Authority and said it is expected to begin trading on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VMED at 08:00 on October 1. The […]

Lumiere TV chooses MSA Focus system

Cypriot pay-TV provider Lumiere TV has decided to replace its legacy business management system with MSA Focus’s broadcast management system ForeTV. The system, based on the Microsoft .NET framework, will be used to deliver programming, scheduling, media management and airtime sales. The first phase of the project is due to begin in early October

UPC Poland extends digital to Czestochowa

Cable operator UPC Poland has extended its digital TV service to the city of Czestochowa in southern Poland. The operator’s digital service, currently also available in Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow, Wroclaw, Opole, Tricity, Szczecin, Kielce, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Kedzierzyn Kozle, Lubin and other towns, reaches 160,000 subscribers.

Caiway chooses LogNet for billing

Dutch IPTV service provider Caiway has chosen Israel-based LogNet Group to provide its customer management and billing system. LogNet will deploy its MaxBill product set to deliver a unified framework for customer management, order management, product management, billing and invoicing. MaxBill will replace Caiway’s internal legacy system.

Minimania to launch in Baltics

Latvian cable operator Baltkom will carry a new Latvian-language children’s channel, Multimania, on October 10, replacing Jetix. Multimania, the first locally-produced children’s channel in the Baltic States and a spin-off of a Russian channel of the same name, will also be offered in local-language variations in neighbouring Estonia and Lithuania, with the Russian-language version also […]