Talk Talk to increase UK coverage

British ISP Talk Talk is set to increase its coverage to 90% of the UK population by the end of the year. TalkTalk plans to unbundle 300 exchanges this year, resulting in over 2,000 enabled exchanges and close to 90% coverage of the UK. The telco currently reaches about 80% of the country, having […]

Cypress forbids Cyta DTT bid

New legislation means Cypriot incumbent telco Cyta will not be allowed to operate the country’s DTT network. State-run Cyta had made a bid to run the platform, but Cyprus’s parliament has now passed a law forbidding it to make a standalone bid, although it can compete as part of a consortium. The legislation leaves […]

Teo TV customer base continues to grow

Lithuanian telco Teo added 6,100 new TV customers during the first three months of the year. The number of Digital Gala DTT customers increased by 3,900, taking the total to 50,337 and the number of Gala TV IPTV subscribers grew by 2,200 to 58,111. Revenue from TV services reached LTL8.7m (€2.5m) for the quarter, […]

Ireland’s pay-DTT plans close to collapse

Negotiations between One Vision, the consortium tasked with operating a pay-DTT service in Ireland, and broadcaster RTE have broken down, according to reports. The consortium, led by telco Eircom, was offered the commercial contract for DTT last May after Boxer withdrew plans to invest €165m in the project. Negotiations between One Vision and broadcaster […]

Telenor renews Arqiva uplink deal

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting has renewed its contract with broadcast services provider Arqiva for the uplinking of three digital multiplexes to its Thor 5 satellite, located at 1° West. The service, uplinked through Arqiva’s Winchester teleport, delivers over 30 DTH TV channels into Scandinavian markets.    

Altibox part-finances TV2’s PL win

Altibox, the IPTV service set up by Norwegian utility firm Lyse Tele, has part-financed local broadcaster TV2 Norway’s acquisition of the rights to air English Premier League soccer. TV2 won the rights in February ahead of pay-TV broadcaster Canal Plus for a reported €500m and now Altibox will pay 20% of the sum to share […]

Netgem appoints marketing chief

French set-top supplier Netgem has appointed Yann Courqueux as chief marketing officer. He will be responsible for global marketing and communications and will report to MD Christophe Aulnette. Courqueux joins from Thomson, where he was involved in strategic planning for IPTV and mobile TV operations as well as managing partnership development, marketing and responses […]

Frank to leave ESPN

ESPN Europe, Middle East and Africa managing director Lynne Frank is leaving the pay-TV broadcaster, citing personal reasons. Frank, who was at Turner Broadcast Systems (TBS) before ESPN, is from the US and will return to California. Including her TBS stint she has spent 17 years in the UK. ESPN UK spokesman Tristan O’Carroll told […]

YouTube tuning into TV

Chad Hurley, the boss of video-based site YouTube, has spoken of his hope that YouTube can get users to stay for longer on the site and use it in a similar way to TV, allowing it to take a larger share of the overall advertising pie. Speaking to UK press, Hurley said he wants […]

UK media consumption up, spend down

People are consuming more traditional and digital media in the UK than six months ago but spending less on it, according to a new survey. KPMG’s latest Media and Entertainment Barometer found that the average monthly consumption of traditional media rose marginally from 11 hours 40 minutes in September 2009, to 12 hours 13 […]