Schmid leaves Tele Columbus

German cable operator Tele Columbus Group’s CEO and president Markus Schmid has left the company at his own request. He will be succeeded on an interim bases by chief financial officer Michael Buhl. Schmid, who has been managing director of Tele Columbus since April 2007 and CEO of sister company Primacom since April 2008, was […]

Arqiva chooses ScheduALL

ScheduALL has announced that UK-based broadcast services provider Arqiva, has begun using its ScheduLINK transmission management software to streamline the booking and allocation of resources for ad hoc and non-permanent satellite and transmission services around the globe. ScheduLINK is being used across Arqiva’s occasional use and satellite newsgathering business, as well as its studios and […]

Zon tipped as Cabovisao buyer

Portuguese pay-TV and media company Zon is being tipped as the favourite to buy Cabovisao, the Portuguese cable company owned by Canadian MSO Cogeco. Reports suggest the Canadian company wants to exit the Portuguese market although it reaffirmed its commitment to Cabovisao earlier this year. Investment bank UBS said this week that Zon, which owns […]

Swedish Hockey league signs TeliaSonera deal

The Swedish Hockey League has signed a deal with TeliaSonera’s International Carrier business unit to launch and deliver a new media distribution service, including a content publishing platform for internet TV. TeliaSonera International Carrier will provide a technical platform for all hockey clubs in Sweden to access its media portfolio, which enables live streaming, download, […]

Orbit-Showtime detail interim channel offer

Middle Eastern pay-TV platforms Orbit and Showtime have given some details as to their joint programming offer, having confirmed a long awaited merger earlier this week. Existing Orbit customers have got immediate access to Showtime’s movies, drama, comedy and sports channels as well as E! Entertainment. Meanwhile, Showtime customers can now view the Super Movies, […]

Carphone Warehouse considers TV move

Carphone Warehouse could become a TV operator following its acquisition of the UK assets of Italian ISP Tiscali. Charles Dunstone, CEO of the mobile phone retailer and ISP, told the Financial Times that the company was examining whether its Talk Talk broadband and telephony business should expand Tiscali’s TV service. Carphone Warehouse completed a […]

More mergers likely in French TV market

More mergers and acquisitions are likely in the French TV market, according to the president of the country’s audiovisual council. Following TF1’s recent acquisition of channels TMC and NT1, Michel Boyon told press that that there would be more consolidation in the TV industry. He also said ISPs, including Orange, should be allowed to have […]

RCS & RDS to launch new sports channel

Romanian pay-TV operator RCS & RDS will launch a new sports channel next week – Digi Sport. The 24-hour channel will include exclusive coverage of various sports including football, motor sports, handball, basketball and tennis. It will be available without any additional fees to RCS & RDS’s TV subscribers from July 23.

Worldwide closes in on Channel 4 deal as revenues top £1bn

BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 are weeks away from sealing a deal that would see the two assets folded into a new joint venture company. The commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC and the commercial free-to-air channel have been locked in talks for some time and Worldwide chief John Smith said that negotiations […]

Virgin celebrates network upgrade

UK cable operator Virgin Media will complete an upgrade to its network this month that will see network capacity tripled and broadband speeds of up to 50Mbps become available. To mark the occasion, the operator has announced a new pricing structure for the service. From September 1, Virgin Media will reduce the monthly cost […]