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Thor 6 safely in Guiana

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s Thor 6 satellite has arrived at the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Thor 6 will replace the current Thor III satellite, which is set to retire in 2010, as well as provide additional capacity for expansion. The spacecraft is to be launched from the Guiana Spaceport onboard the Ariane 5 ECA launcher […]

Digital TV growth continues in UK

The number of UK digital TV customers taking triple-play services continues to increase, according to Ofcom’s Digital TV Progress Report for the second quarter. By the end of June, 16% of BSkyB customers, or 1.5 million, took three services, up from 11% last year. The number of Virgin Media subscribers taking three or more services […]

Virgin Media confirms secondary listing

Virgin Media has confirmed its intention to proceed with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange. The UK cable operator has lodged an application with the UK Financial Services Authority and said it is expected to begin trading on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol VMED at 08:00 on October 1. The […]

Lumiere TV chooses MSA Focus system

Cypriot pay-TV provider Lumiere TV has decided to replace its legacy business management system with MSA Focus’s broadcast management system ForeTV. The system, based on the Microsoft .NET framework, will be used to deliver programming, scheduling, media management and airtime sales. The first phase of the project is due to begin in early October

UPC Poland extends digital to Czestochowa

Cable operator UPC Poland has extended its digital TV service to the city of Czestochowa in southern Poland. The operator’s digital service, currently also available in Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow, Wroclaw, Opole, Tricity, Szczecin, Kielce, Bydgoszcz, Lublin, Kedzierzyn Kozle, Lubin and other towns, reaches 160,000 subscribers.

Caiway chooses LogNet for billing

Dutch IPTV service provider Caiway has chosen Israel-based LogNet Group to provide its customer management and billing system. LogNet will deploy its MaxBill product set to deliver a unified framework for customer management, order management, product management, billing and invoicing. MaxBill will replace Caiway’s internal legacy system.

Minimania to launch in Baltics

Latvian cable operator Baltkom will carry a new Latvian-language children’s channel, Multimania, on October 10, replacing Jetix. Multimania, the first locally-produced children’s channel in the Baltic States and a spin-off of a Russian channel of the same name, will also be offered in local-language variations in neighbouring Estonia and Lithuania, with the Russian-language version also […]

Akado launches service guide iPhone App

Russian service provider Akado has developed a new application for the Apple iPhone, making its TV service guide available to iPhone users via the Apple App Store. The guide, accompanied by detailed descriptions of films and shows with photo illustrations, can also be personalised by iPhone users to list their favourite channels. Akado said that […]

Winkelmolen named as CTAM Europe chairman

Chris Winkelmolen has been named as the new chairman of cable marketers’ organisation CTAM Europe. Winkelmolen, previously vice-chairman of the organisation and director of marketing, Europe, for UPC Broadband, takes over from Chad Raube.CTAM Europe’s next EuroSummit will take place on September 23-24 2010 in Budapest.  

BBC to name Godwin as director of children’s

Joe Godwin, the head of the BBC’s children’s news, factual and entertainment is set to become director of children’s at the British public broadcaster, taking up the role vacated by Richard Deverell. Deverell is set to become chief operating officer of BBC North and Godwin will take responsibility for the pubcaster’s entire kids output from […]