Swisscom teams up with Lausanne utility for fibre network

Swisscom has tamed up with utility company Lausanne Industrial Services to construct a pilot fibre-to-the-home network in Lausanne. The areas of Chailly and Praz Sechaud have been chosen for the pilot network, which will assess the opportunities for reducing the cost of rollout by sharing physical infrastructure. Work to connect the pilot network to about […]

Ono launches Gol Bar for commercial premises

Spanish cable operator Ono has begun marketing Gol Bar, a new service from commercial broadcaster Mediapro that aims to bring coverage of Spanish and international football to commercial premises. Following an agreement between Ono and Mediapro in July, the service will be marketed to bars, cafes and restaurants for €160 a month. 

SFR and Numericable take new Canal Plus services

French telco SFR and cable operator Numericable are to carry Canal Plus’s new low-cost offers. The pair will distribute Canal Plus Weekend, which allows subscribers to access the pay-TV service at the weekends only for €15 a month, and Initial Par CanalSat, a 50-channel offer available for €9.99 a month. 

SES World Skies completes global OU platform

SES World Skies, the new division of satellite operator SES that incorporates the former SES Americom and SES New Skies, has completed the integration of its Global Always on satellite capacity access and booking system for occasional use. The single OU platform, with teams based in The Hague and Princeton, features ScheduALL’s transmission management and […]

Turkish Radio-Television takes stake in Euronews

Turkish broadcaster Turkish Radio-Television (TRT) has taken a 15.7% stake in pan-European news channel Euronews. The agreement giving TRT a stake, which came into effect on August 6, followed a partnership agreement earlier in the year for the launch of a Turkish-language version of the channel in January 2010. TRT is the fourth main shareholder […]

Kudelski markets CI Plus CAM for Canal Plus

Swiss TV technology company Kudelski’s conditional -access module subsidiary SmarDTV has announced the availability of a CI Plus CAM for France that will enable pay-TV provider Canal Plus’s digital-terrestrial offer to be viewed without a set-top box via ‘Canal Ready’ TV sets. The SmarCAM-3 Canal Ready module is the first SmarDTV product to implement the […]

SES provides capacity for new African pay-TV service

SES New Skies has inked a multi-transponder deal wioth Pathfinder Communications, which is launching 45-channel pay TV service in Nigeria. The service will be branded Infinity TV and initially reaches consumers in Nigeria. Pathfinder CEO, Tony Ikekwu, said that the plan is to extend the DTH service into Ghana and beyond West Africa. The channel […]

Pace extends Viaccess partnership

UK set-top supplier Pace has teamed up with conditional access supplier Viaccess to to supply a new range of set-top boxes for the French retail market incorporating Viaccess’s ACS3.0 conditional access technology. Products include the DSR5020 HD set-top and DSR2020 standard-definition box. The new boxes will be on display at Pace’s stand at the IBC […]

SFR chooses Wyplay for TV decoders

French telco SFR has teamed up with technology company Wyplay to develop software for its next generation of digital TV decoders. Wyplay supplies software under the Wyplay Modular Solutions brand to digital equipment suppliers that enables support for a 3D interface, TV widgets and other features. 

History expands in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Following its launch with UPC in the Czech Republic, the History channel will launch History HD on the platform in October. Separately, History HD also launches this month with UPC Slovakia, with the standard-definition version to follow in October. History is currently available in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Skylink, Self Servis and Smart […]