Chorus NTL to carry ESPN channel

Irish cable operator Chorus NTL is to carry the new ESPN sports channel as part of its offering. The deal will enable Chorus NTL customers to view ESPN’s 46 English Premier League games as well as 30 Scottish Premiere League matches, in SD and HD, along with Serie A, German Bundesliga, Dutch Eredivisie, Portuguese Liga, […]

AXN to join Spanish pay-DTT platform

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s entertainment channel AXN is to join Spain’s Dahlia pay-TV platform following last week’s approval of pay services on DTT by the Spanish government. AXN will occupy one of Veo Televisión’s positions on the platform. Dahlia TV will offer a basic package of channels, including AXN, for €8 a month. The three-year […]

Red Bee selects PubliTronic for BBC HD playout

Broadcast services provider Red Bee Media has chosen solutions from playout provider PubliTronic for the automated playout of the BBC HD channel. PubliTronic’s Nexus playout servers and Cobalt automation software has been deployed at the Red Bee Media Broadcast Centre in London, which will be used to playout BBC HD in Europe.

Teracom maintains operating profit despite pay-TV competition

Swedish transmission services and pay-TV operator Teracom turned in operating profit of SEK259m (€25.4m) for the first half of the year, in line with last year’s SEK256m. The company said it had managed to sustain operating margins despite costs incurred through international expansion thanks to an efficiency programme. Teracom reported revenues of SEK1.635bn, up from […]

Chorus NTL to launch VOD service

Irish cable operator Chorus NTL is set to launch a video-on-demand service next year. This comes weeks after it announced plans to launch a high definition service. The Liberty Global-owned operator will launch the service in the second half of 2010. It will include a 30-day catch-up service and a premium movie download service. The […]

Sky Deutschland registers name

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has officially registered its new name with the Commercial Register in Munich. Last month shareholders approved the resolution on changing the company name from Premiere to Sky Deutschland, with 99.8% of the share capital present. Sky Deutschland’s shares will soon be quoted and traded with existing shares being automatically renamed.

Kudelski unit acquires new semiconductor lines

Swiss TV technology specialist Kudelski’s chipset subsidiary Abilis Systems has acquired Freescale Semiconductor’s CMOS modulators and silcon tuners products lines. The acquisition will allow Abilis to better address the needs of the digital-terrestrial and cable TV markets. Abilis will begin selling the new product lines under its own brand in October. 

Virgin Media names Rose as television chief

UK cable operator Virgin Media has named Cindy Rose as executive director of television. Rose, who will director Virgin Media’s TV strategy, including development of its control platform and video-on-demand service, was previously senior vice-president and managing director, Disney Interactive Media Group EMEA.

Sky Deutschland will stop supplying content to DT next month

Sky Deutschland will stop the distribution of its content to Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV service next month, according to CEO Mark Williams. The pay-TV operator provides movies, series and sports programming to DT’s T-Entertain service, but has terminated the contract and will stop providing content from September 25. Sky Deutschland and T-Entertain had cooperated on Bundesliga […]

Envivo supports DVB-H in Finland

IP encoding specialist Envivio has signed a deal with Finnish digital-terrestrial TV operator Digita to support DVB-H services in the country. Envivo will supply its Mobile Series video encoding platform to Digita. It will be used to deliver 10 channels of DVB-H free-to-air and pay-TV mobile TV channels to mobile operators in Finland.