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RTB to launch HD channel

Brunei broadcaster Radio Television Brunei (RTB) is to launch a new high definition entertainment channel. The state run broadcaster, which currently operates two channels RTB1 and RTB2 that air news, kids series, documentaries and sports in English and Malay, plans to air a mix of locally produced HD content and international acquisitions. This follows the […]

Discovery: OpenTV should acquire Kudelski’s stake

Discovery Group, the largest shareholder in interactive TV specialist OpenTV, has recommended the company buys out the stake held by Switzerland-based technology firm Kudelski Group. Kudelski, which owns 32% of OpenTV, recently had an approach to take over the company rejected. Discovery has now proposed that OpenTV should repurchase Kudelski’s stake for US$1.35 (€1) per […]

UPC Austria launches 100Mbps broadband

UPC Austria has launched very high speed broadband service offering speeds of up to 100Mbps in Vienna. The cable operator said it was investing €100m in its fibre optic network in order to launch the service, branded Fibre Power, across the country.

Broadband Forum aims to increase IPTV QoS

Industry body the Broadband Forum has announced  the approval and release of the Splitter Testing Technical Report (TR-127), which it said creates the opportunity for network operators and independent test labs to carry out a system level test across four key IPTV network elements – the DSLAM, the CPE modem, the central office splitter and […]

UPC Poland offers E! to analogue

UPC Poland has made the E! Entertainment channel available free of charge to all analogue TV subscribers for a limited period. The channel is usually available to digital subscribers only but UPC will air it over its analogue network in Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow, Wroclaw, Opole, Gdansk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Lublin and Kielce for “a few weeks”. […]

CIMG renews European carriage deals

Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) has renewed a number of carriage deals for E! International Network in Europe and launched the channel in Croatia and Iceland. In Germany, cable operator Kabel Deutschland has renewed its deal for the channel in its basic digital TV package Kabel Digital Home. E! France will continue to be available […]

UK 3D faces challenges

The development of 3D TV in the UK faces a number of challenges, according to industry consortium the Digital TV Group. The lack of a cohesive approach across the TV industry means there is a risk of varying standards and incompatible 3D systems, the DTG warned. Other challenges include bandwidth constraints and the possible psycho-phsyiological […]

Constantin selling Creation Club to Premiere

German media company Constantin Media is selling its advertising, promotion and formats business Creation Club to pay-TV platform Premiere. If anti-trust approval is forthcoming, the deal will close at end-June. Constantin, formerly known as EM. Sport Media, is offloading the unit as it is heavily reliant on Premiere for business under a contract running to […]

Sky wants open competition for sports rights

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB has made a submission to the review panel looking into the UK system of certain listed events being reserved for free-to-air TV, arguing that a sports event should not be forced onto the list against the wishes of its governing body. Speaking at an event in London, CEO Jeremy Darroch […]

UPC Slovakia attracts 40,000 digital cable TV subs

UPC Slovakia has attracted 40,000 digital cable TV subscribers. The operator said its UPC Digital TV service is now available to 310,000 households in six cities, including Bratislava, where one in five households connected to the cable network take digital TV services. The operator also offers digital TV services via satellite under the UPC Direct […]