SES to provide broadband for Africa

Satellite operator SES Astra is to expand the reach of its Astra2Connect satellite-delivered broadband service to eastern and central Africa via the NSS-12 satellite through a partnership with satellite internet service provider Intersat Africa. Intersat Africa will sell Astra2Connect in 10 countries in the region, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic […]

Telefonica takes Intelsat capacity

Spain’s Telefonica has taken capacity on the Intelsat-905 satellite at 24.5 degrees West to deliver content throughout the Iberian peninsula and the Canary Islands from pay-TV broadcaster Teuve. Teuve will use the capacity to distribute its 11 channels to cable affiliates. The broadcaster supplies six film channels (CineStar, Extreme, MGM, Somos, CineMatk and Canal 18) […]

Lagardere wants channels to breakeven

French media company Lagardere Active wants its digital-terrestrial channels Gulli and Virgin 17 to break even in 2010 and 2011 respectively, according to local press reports. Lagardere plans to invest more money in programming on the channels, which have been growing their advertising revenue despite the economic downturn.

Deutsche Telekom chooses Harmonic

Video equipment supplier Harmonic has announced that German telco Deutsche Telekom has selected its recently introduced DiviCom Electra 8000 encoder to expand the MPEG-4 HD video service to its T-Home Entertain IPTV. Harmonic said the deployment would enable T-Home Entertain to offer its subscribers the largest number of HD channels in Germany. The Electra 8000 […]

Monaco Telecom launches interactive services

Monaco Telecom is launching a range of interactive services over its IPTV service. It has teamed with IPTV technology company Netgem and will roll out video-on-demand, internet radio, local internet TV and various information services. These will all be accessible via a new user interface.

Numericable to renegotiate debt

French pay-TV operator Numericable will attempt to renegotiate its debt in order to attract new subscribers. According to local reports, financial director Julien Elmaleh believes the conditions covering existing debt arrangements are too restrictive. He said financial arrangements with existing banks need to be changed. Besides attracting new customers, Numericable wants more favourable debt conditions […]

CCTV signs pan-European GlobeCast deal

GlobeCast has launched four additional channels for Chinese broadcaster CCTV on its platform on Eutelsat’s Eurobird 9A satellite for pan-European coverage. The broadcast services provider said CCTV-4, CCTV Español, CCTV Russian and CCTV Arabia now have access to a potential audience of 300 million households. GlobeCast’s service for CCTV includes fibre delivery to its Brookmans […]

TV Puls gets ok to become general entertainment

Polish free-to-air broadcaster TV Puls has reportedly been given the green light to change its programming line-up and become a general entertainment channel. The broadcaster, which was part-owned by News Corp. until last year, has got the OK from media regulator the KRRiT to reduce the amount of time it dedicates to news, current affairs […]

Microsoft Mediaroom nears four million

Microsoft expects the number of households using its IPTV platform Microsoft Mediaroom to surpass four million in October. In the past 12 months, Microsoft has more than doubled the number of IPTV subscribers using Mediaroom from 1.5 million to almost four million. It claims that approximately one in six IPTV subscribers is now connected via […]

PT chooses Appear TV for headends

Portugal Telecom (PT) has selected Appear TV’s DC1000 headend as part of its next generation networks project. Appear TV said the DC1000 headends, which are to be situated at 10 metropolitan head-end sites throughout Portugal, will play an important role in ensuring that PT can provide its customers with advanced TV services.