RRSat expands access to Africa

Content management and global distribution company RRSat Global Communications Network has expanded its access to Africa via the Telstar 11N satellite. RRSat said it had started operating a new “multi-channels per carrier platform” on the satellite, located at 37.5º West. Telstar 11N has Ku-band transponders to support a range of video and data applications in […]

Arris launches EPON solution

Cable technology group Arris has launched a new FTTMax Ethernet passive optical networking solution, which it said is designed to drive fibre into premises as cable operators look for ways to increase revenue by offering new services. Arris said the FTTMax EPON solution, which is comprised of the FTTMax EPON optical line terminal (OLT) and […]

UK broadcasters sign up for YouTube ad trial

Several UK broadcasters, including Channel 4 and the BBC have signed a deal with video sharing website YouTube to divide ad revenue as part of a trial, according to The Guardian. YouTube will launch a trial involving adding pre-roll adverts around TV shows and clips. YouTube has signed deals with Channel 4, BBC Worldwide, National […]

Cyfrowy Polsat replaces Playboy TV with Blue Hustler

Polish pay-TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat is to carry adult channel Blue Hustler in place of Playboy TV. Cyfrowy Polsat will offer Blue Hustler for PLN9.99 (€2.27) a month to anyone who subscribes to the operator’s basic package.

BBC extends channel deal with YouTube

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC, has extended its content deal with YouTube and plans to launch a raft of new channels on the site. The renewal means that a range of BBC clips and programming will continue to be available on the dedicated BBC Worldwide channel. The agreement also […]

Albanel announces new consultation on internet distribution

French minister of culture Christine Albanel has announced the launch of a major consultation on distribution of content over the internet. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival this week, Albanel said that the second step of the law recently passed to create a new authority for the distribution of content and protection of rights on […]

Ofcom sets BT wholesale prices

UK communications regulator Ofcom has confirmed the new prices that telco BT’s Openreach division can charge for access to its wholesale service. From May 22 to April 2010, a fully undbundled line will cost £86.40 (€98.43), up from  £81.69. A shared unbundled line, where a communications provider shares the line with BT for the provision […]

Canal Plus Polska acquires Spanish league rights

Pay-TV provider Canal Plus Polska has acquired the exclusive rights to show Spanish premier league football in the country for the next three seasons. The pay-TV operator has aired Spanish league coverage since 1997. Canal Plus already offers English, French and Italian as well as Spanish football as part of its offer. In addition to […]

TV Puls courts suitors

Polish free-to-air broadcaster TV Puls is in talks with several potential domestic and international investors and expects to conclude a deal next month, according to local reports. A chunk of the broadcaster is up for grabs after News Corp sold a 35% stake to its other shareholders in 2008. Company CEO Dariusz Dabski said that […]

BBC wants licence fee levied on iPlayer users

UK public broadcaster the BBC thinks use of its popular online catch-up service iPlayer should be restricted to licence fee payers only. Currently, consumers without a licence fee can still access the broadband-delivered service, to the annoyance of BBC technology bosses. Future media and technology chief Eric Huggers said that non-licence fee payers using iPlayer […]