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Irdeto launches CI+ module, signs new deals

Conditional access company Irdeto has announced that it will launch a Common Interface Plus (CI+) conditional access module next month. Dutch cable operator Ziggo will be the first company to implement the CI+ module, which will be used by up to one million digital TV subscribers. Irdeto said that by adopting CI+, its customers will […]

Numericable to provide white-label access to fibre to Darty

French cable operator Numericable is to provide broadband service provider Darty with access to its fibre-to-the-building network. The move follows Numericable’s announcement in September that, with its sister company Completel, it was creating an ‘operator division’ to market access to its network to third-party service providers on a white-label basis. Darty will use Numericable’s […]

UPC Austria teams up with Orange for mobile broadband

Cable operator UPC Austria has teamed up with mobile operator Orange to offer combined fixed and mobile broadband to customers. Broadband customers of UPC’s Chello and iNode services will be able to sign up to mobile internet, offering downloads up to 1GB in volume per month. Customers who sign up to the Orange offer before […]

French cabinet approves audiovisual law

The French cabinet yesterday adopted the country’s new audiovisual law, which will result in the removal of advertising from public broadcaster France Televisions’ channels in January and will create a regulatory framework for video-on-demand services, among other things.The text will also transpose the new European audiovisual media service directive into French law. Yesterday also saw […]

Two Way delivers games to Lithuanian IPTV operator

Interactive TV specialist Two Way Media has announced that Lithuanian IPTV operator Penki Kontinentai has licensed a package of interactive games. Penki Kontinentai will offer various puzzle and strategy games to its 25,000 subscribers, including Buzzwords, TacTiles, Maze Master, Deal With It and Jelly Sets.

UK broadband growth hit by economic slowdown

The UK broadband market has been hit by the economic slowdown, with new broadband lines added in the third quarter falling 20 per cent below expectation, according to research by Point Topic. The research group estimated that the UK broadband market grew by 313,000 lines in the three months to September, less than the […]

TF1 repositions Odyssee and extends carriage

French commercial broadcaster TF1’s documentary channel Odyssee is to be repositioned as a lifestyle channel. The channel, created in 1996 and hitherto distributed exclusively via cable, will be made available via the CanalSat digital pay-TV platform from November 5, and will also be distributed via IPTV networks.

Inspiration Networks launches on Free

Broadcaster Inspiration Networks International (INI) has announced that its faith-based channel is now available on French IPTV platform Free. INI said Free viewers will be able to receive the same line-up of programming that is available in other parts of Europe, including musical series and specials, ministry programmes and content in the Steelroots teen block, […]

Latvia’s Baltkom reports growth

Latvian cable operator Baltkom reported 140,000 digital TV subscribers at the end of September, up 35 per cent year-on-year, according to local news reports. The company’s share of the local internet market rose to 22 per cent from 18 per cent year-on-year. Baltkom reported consolidated sales of LVL12m (EUR17m), according to the reports, with a […]

PrimeTel introduces Arabic user interface on middleware

Cypriot triple-play provider PrimeTel has used the IPTV World Forum Middle East and Africa event in Dubai to introduce an Arabic user interface to its middleware platform Twister. Twister has been developed for PrimeTel by technology provider Thunderworx. The operator currently has about 20,000 IPTV subscribers in Cyprus.