Free bids for 3G licence

 Free Mobile, a subsidiary of French broadband provider Iliad, has applied to telecom regulator ARCEP to bid for the country’s fourth 3G mobile licence. Iliad could be the only bidder after all other companies that had expressed interest, including Numericable and Virgin Mobile France, dropped out. Candidates for the licence must apply by the end […]

Motorola launches on-demand expansion solution

Motorola has launched a management system designed to enable pay-TV operators to efficiently manage expanding video-on-demand libraries and increase the quantity of on-demand content across TV, web, mobile and consumer electronic platforms. Motorola’s communications convergence engine enhanced asset management system (CCE EAMS) uses advanced metadata management tools and workflow management to control the lifecycle of […]

IPTV offsets falling fixed-voice subs for TeliaSonera

Strong demand for bundled offerings, including IPTV and VoIP subscriptions, compensated for Nordic telco TeliaSonera’s loss of fixed-voice subscriptions during the third quarter. The total number of TV subscriptions rose by 109,000 from the third quarter of 2008 to 739,000, of which 561,000 were IPTV subscriptions. The total number of IPTV subscriptions increased by 29,000 […]

Fox International Channels appoints Bulgarian head

Fox International Channels (FIC) Europe has promoted Krassimir Nikolov to country manager for Bulgaria and the Balkans including Serbia, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. Nikolov will be based in FIC Bulgaria’s Sofia office, reporting to Jesús Perezagua, FIC Europe president. His responsibilities will include distribution, programming, marketing and ad sales for FIC’s […]

CME revenues and profits slide as advertising woes continue

 CME’s revenue and profit decreased sharply in the nine months to end-September as the company felt the effects of four consecutive quarters of shrinkage in the advertising market. Adrian Sarbu, CEO of the central and eastern European broadcast group, said that after a tough period the ad markets in its territories have bottomed out. “We […]

Dyke in the frame for Channel 4 chairman role

UK broadcasting industry veteran Greg Dyke is being tipped as a likely replacement for outgoing Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson. The UK free-to-air commercial broadcaster is looking for both a CEO and chairman and Dyke, a former director general of UK public broadcaster the BBC, is being mentioned in connection with the chairman position. Other […]

Babelgum launches sci-fi block

Online video service Babelgum has launched a new sci-fi/horror block of programming on its comedy channel. The block will premiere new series that have been created and produced exclusively for Babelgum’s mobile and online distribution, including The Occulterers, Hurtling Through Space at an Alarming Rate! and Cannibal Run.  

Cablecom launches new offers

Swiss cable operator Cablecom has launched two new offers. The first enables customers to choose from various triple-play packages and only pay for the two most expensive services. The second gives customers the chance to choose two services and receive the cheapest half price.  Internet packages are available with speeds of 10Mbps for CHF49 (€32.30), […]

UPC Poland offers AXN Sci-Fi to analogue subs

Cable operator UPC has made the AXN Sci-Fi channel available to analogue subscribers in Poland. The channel, normally only available on the operator’s digital network, can be viewed on the Okienku UPC service, or UPC Window, which offers analogue subscribers the chance to see certain digital channels for a limited period. It will be on […]

JimJam launching in Israel

Preschool kids channel JimJam has secured a carriage deal with Israeli DTH platform Yes. The channel is a joint venture between kids producer and distributor HIT Entertainment and Chello Zone, the content arm of cabler Liberty Global. JimJam will launch on Yes, as a round-the-clock channel, in January. It will be carried on the pay-TV […]