Free adds home media functionality

French service provider Free has added home-networking functionality to its Freebox HD offer to enable subscribers to view photos and their own video content stored on a PC on their TVs via a UPnP connection. Free’s Multi TV subscribers will also be able to view content stored on their computers on a second TV […]

Eutelsat chooses Astrium for Atlantic Bird 7

Satellite operator Eutelsat has chosen Astrium to deliver a new satellite, Atlantic Bird 7, to deliver services from the 7° West position from the fourth quarter of 2011, increasing its Ku-band capacity at the position from 26 transponders to up to 50. Eutelsat collaborates with Egypt-based operator Nilesat at the 7° West position to deliver […]

UPC extends digital TV to new towns

Cable operator UPC Netherlands is to launch digital TV in the municipalities of Maasdriel, Neerrijnen, West Maas and Waal en Zaltbommel. The inhabitants of these towns will be able to access UPC’s digital package from June.  

D-Smart tops 900k

Turkish pay TV platform D-Smart has topped the 900,000 subscriber mark by end-2008, according to parent company Dogan. The Turkish media group issued figures for the D-Smart service in a presentation to investors that revealed the pay TV service generated revenues of TRY95m (€45m) in the company’s 2008 financial year, compared with TRY77m a year […]

UKTV Food gets Good rebrand

UK pay-TV channel UKTV Food is rebranding itself Good Food. The channel, which is operated by UKTV, a joint venture between BBC Commercial arm BBC Worldwide and UK MSO Virgin Media, will adopt the new name from June 22. UKTV has licensed the Good Food brand from BBC Worldwide. The lifestyle channel will, UKTV says, […]

STN opens CEE’s largest teleport for business

Slovenian teleport operator STN opened its new state-of-the-art facility near Ljubljana yesterday. The teleport, central and eastern Europe’s largest, with views of satellites between 45° West and 90° East, will deliver a range of permanent and occasional use services to a range of clients including Serbia-based SBB, which uses STN to uplink its Total TV […]

Ondas strikes deal with Renault

Car maker Renault has struck a deal with satellite radio company Ondas Media to install satellite radion receivers in Renault vehicles. The move follows similar deals between BMW and Nissan last year. Madrid-based Ondas plans to broadcast over 150 channels of satellite radio across Europe. 

Setanta claims Premiere League success

Irish pay-TV provider Setanta saw its audience for English Premiere League coverage rise by 36.3% this year, with top matches including Liverpool v Everton and Newcastle Utd v Middlesborough attracting audiences of over one million. Scottish Premier League and Blue Square Premier also saw audience rises, while Setanta scored its greatest success with England’s World […]

VimpelCom launches Beeline TV in Moscow

Russian fixed and mobile telco VimpelCom has launched IPTV in Moscow using Microsoft Mediaroom technology. The service, Beeline TV, follows trials conducted under the Corbina TV brand. VimpelCom and Microsoft signed an agreement to deliver the service on the Microsoft Mediaroom platform last May. The service will include digital video recording, video-on-demand with about 3,000 […]

Unitymedia begins commercial launch of DVR

German cable operator Unitymedia has begun a full commercial launch of its DVR service, following an earlier soft launch of the product. The Unitymedia service, based on the Samsung DCB-P850G box, with a 160GB hard drive, will be the subject of a large-scale advertising campaign this month. The DVR service is available for €5 a […]