MTG acquires football rights for Baltics

Modern Times Group (MTG) has acquired the exclusive live broadcasting rights to the UEFA Champions League in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania until the end of the 2011-12 season. MTG has also announced that its Viasat Broadcasting arm has acquired the exclusive live free-to-air broadcast rights to the English Premier League for Viasat 1 in Ghana. […]

Vodafone sets sights on Orion

British telco Vodafone has entered the race to acquire German cable operator Orion. The company has been keen to acquire cable network operators and is currently eyeing the troubled German firm. This comes after rival German operators Kabel Deutschland and Unitymedia confirmed their interest in acquiring Orion, particularly for its networks in Hesse and North […]

Telenet adds new channels to analogue

Belgian cable operator Telenet is to add three new channels to its analogue line-up. The operator will add Flemish children’s channel vtmKZOE, Alfacam-produced general interest channel EXQI Plus and a Flemish version of Discovery Channel on its analogue and basic digital tiers from October 1. Telenet said it would also add new international channels to […]

Hungary passes one million digital subs

The number of digital pay-TV subscribers in Hungary increased by 3% to take its total over one million, according to figures from the National Telecommunications Authority. The body estimates that the total number of pay-TV subscriptions – across the country’s operators including UPC, Digi TV and Magyar Telekom – is now at 2.94 million.

TVN names Tellenbach as president and CEO

Polish broadcaster TVN Group has named Markus Tellenbach as president and CEO. The former SBS CEO’s appointment is part of a management restructure at the broadcaster, involving the creation of a new four-strong management board comprising Tellenbach, Piotr Walter, group vice-president and head of television broadcasting, Luasz Wejchert, group vice-president and head of online and […]

Cyfra Plus adds Eurosport 2 HD

Polish pay-TV provider Cyfra Plus has added Eurosport 2 HD to its programming line-up. The channel is the eighth HD channel on Cyfra Plus’s platform, which already broadcasts Canal Plus Film HD, Canal Plus Sport HD, National Geographic Channel HD, HBO HD, Filmbox HD, MTV HD and Eurosport HD. Eurosport has the exclusive Polish rights […]

Kabel BW to broadcast ZDF HD

German cable operator Kabel BW is to air public broadcaster ZDF’s showcase HD coverage of the Athletics World Championship in Berlin from August 15-23. ZDF also plans to cover other special events in HD, including the Olympic Winter Games in February. Kabel BW already offers HD programming from public broadcasters ARD as well as a […]

Dutch BVN-TV expands RRsat contract

Dutch international public broadcast channel joint-venture BVN-TV is to expand its contract with broadcast services provider RRsat, which will deliver the channel to Europe and the Middle East via Eutelsat’s Hotbird position at 13° East. RRsat already delivers BVN-TV, a collaborative venture between Dutch and Flemish public broadcasters, to Asia, Africa and Australia. 

Swisscom in rural fibre initiative

Swisscom has signed a contract with the municipality of Pfyn in north-east Switzerland to build a fire-optic network. Swisscom said it saw the project as an opportunity to gain experience in a municipality outside the country’s main urban centres.  Swisscom and the Pfyn authorities will collaborate in creating a fibre network, to be laid by […]

MENA to reach 11 million pay-TV subs by 2014

The Middle East and North Africa will be home to 11 million pay-TV subscribers by the end of 2014, according to new research from Informa Telecoms and Media. The region’s pay-TV market will increase by four million subscribers between the end of 2008 and 2014, with over 60% of subscribers coming from Israel and Turkey. […]