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Euronews in Spanish DTT bid

Euronews wants to obtain a digital-terrestrial channel in Spain, according to its CEO, Philippe Cayla, cited in the Spanish press. Euronews is currently seeking a distribution agreement in Spain, following the decision two years ago by public broadcaster RTVE to stop funding the channel in order to promote its own international service TVE Interacional. […]

HPA demos tech to take broadcast 3D to full HD

The California-based Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) last week demonstrated a so-called top-up system to upgrade frame-compatible 3D broadcast to full HD 3D, according to a post on the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) website. Pay-TV broadcasters are currently planning to use a frame-compatible approach to 3D, which squeezes left and right eye HD images into a […]

SES gets new CFO

Satellite services operator SES has appointed Andrew Browne company CFO. Browne replaces Mark Rigolle who is leaving SES to become CEO of satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Browne, who starts in his new position in April, is a satellite industry veteran, having served as CFO of Intelsat between 1995 and 1998 and subsequently New […]

Hallmark becomes Universal in Africa

The Hallmark channel is being rebranded Universal Channel across Africa. The NBC Universal-backed channel, which is operated by the company’s Universal Networks International division, is carried on the Multichoice pay-TV platform throughout the region. The name change and a new on-air look and feel will be implemented from March 24. NBCU claims Hallmark is the […]

Cablecom expands 100Mbps service

Swiss cable operator Cablecom has launched its 100Mbps broadband service Fiber Power in the city of St Gallen. The 100Mbps service costs CHF95 (€65) per month. The 50Mbps service costs CHF85 and the 10Mbps service CHF59. Fiber Power, based on DOCSIS 3.0, is now available to 50% of Cablecom households and the operator […]

Nagravision signs E-Domus licence agreement

Conditional access specialist Nagravision has signed a deal with E-Domus allowing the later to produce and market conditional access modules integrating Nagravision’s CAS. The CAMs produced by E-Domus will comply with Nagravision’s Nagra Advanced Security Concept and Nagra On Chip Security specifications. E-Domus plans to have a fully certified CAM available in Spain by […]

CME buys News Corp’s bTV for US$400m

Central and Eastern European broadcast group CME has acquired Bulgarian free-to-air station bTV. CME will pay current owner News Corp US$400m (€297m) for the commercial station. The deal also gives CME the bTV cable channels bTV’s bTV Cinema and bTV Comedy and a majority share of the company’s radio interests. The agreement needs to be […]

Cosmos TV Belarus adds Orthodox Church TV

Pay-TV provider Cosmos TV Belarus has added Soyuz, the TV channel of the Belarusian Orthodox Church, to its programming line-up. The channel will be made available as part of the operator’s basic package in analogue and digital.  

RTL strikes catch-up deal with Philips connected TV

Dutch broadcaster RTL Netherlands has struck a deal with consumer electronics company Philips to make its RTL Gemist catch-up service available on the Philips Net TV service. Philips Net TV is the consumer electronics giant’s recently-launched connected TV offer, delivering programming over a broadband connection to the latest generation of flat-screen TVs, and RTL is […]

Onet.pl launches over-the-top service with ExtendMedia

Polish internet service provider Onet.pl has chosen Boston, Massachusetts-based technology provider ExtendMedia to provide its OpenCASE platform to support its new over-the-top internet TV service OnetVOD. Onet.pl has about 2,100 titles currently available on the service, including content from parent company TVN Group. The company recently secured a deal with Warner Bros to become […]