Eutelsat to broadcast France 3 regional channels

Satellite operator Eutelsat has signed a long-term deal with France Télévisions to broadcast regional channels produced by France 3 on the Atlantic Bird 3 satellite located at 5° West. From October 28, every homes in France equipped with a dish to receive Atlantic Bird 3 and a subscription-free Fransat decoder will have access to all […]

Telenet game for Accedo partnership

Belgian cable operator Telenet has launched the Funspot gaming service from interactive TV specialist Accedo. Telenet customers taking digital services can now access casual games from Accedo’s Funspot range. As of June 30, the cable operator had over 854,000 digital subscribers.  

Sky considers OpenTV Core 3

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB could launch interactive TV specialist OpenTV’s sixth generation of middleware, OpenTV Core 3, on some of its set-top boxes after both parties extended their long-running relationship. Sky has licensed OpenTV’s patents and other intellectual property rights to support ongoing development of the company’s digital television platform. Both companies will also work […]

Mediaset and Sky Italia claim victory in ad-ban spat

Mediaset and Sky Italia have both claimed success in a court hearing into the former’s refusal to broadcast advertising from the latter. A Milan civil court ruled that Berlusconi’s Mediaset was breaking competition rules by refusing to carry News Corp-owned Sky Italia’s advertising on its free-to-air channels because it also offers a pay-TV service, Premium. […]

Arris unveils new EPON for cable

Broadband technology company Arris has unveiled its new DOCSIS control interface or subscriber service provisioning and system management of Ethernet PON fibre-to-the-home systems. The new functionality is designed to enable cable operators to address business customers with EPON deployments. The company is demonstrating the product at the SCTE Cable-Tec expo in Denver, Colorado this week […]

Orange Spain begins streaming basketball coverage

Triple-play provider Orange Spain has begun streaming Spanish ACB League basketball on the internet. The group said that the service, ACB 360 Live, is currently attracting 20,000 unique users a day. The service also offers data and interactive features, providing real-time game statistics as well as a comment board. The league is sponsored by Orange. […]

Apple boss turns down ITV role

The European boss of Apple Pascal Cagni has ruled himself out of the race to become chief executive of British commercial broadcaster ITV. Cagni told local press that he wasn’t interested in joining the company. This follows an unsuccessful search for a replacement for Michael Grade; the broadcaster has failed to land executives including former […]

Murdoch: News Corp committed to Sky Deutschland

News Corp is committed to the long-term future of pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland, according to News Corp Europe and Asia chief executive James Murdoch. Murdoch told German news magazine Der Spiegel last week that the company knew the German pay-TV market would be difficult and said that Sky Deutschland had a long way to go. […]

Pace launches multiroom DVR solution

Set-top specialist Pace has revealed a new multiroom DVR solution. Pace’s Home Content Sharing (HCS) solution uses centralised storage to connect multiple high-definition set-top boxes within the home. It is integrated with digital TV technology company Rovi’s interactive programme guide (IPG) and connected platform software. The service can deliver full dual tuner HD-DVR functionality to […]

Volia chooses Appear TV for digital headend

Headend equipment provider Appear TV’s SC2000 has been selected by Ukranian cable operator Volia. Volia is building a new digital headend station in Kyiv in order to improve the range of digital TV services it is able to provide to its subscriber base of over 500,000. Appear TV said the SC2000 enables operators to receive, […]