TV Genius joins NDS partner programme

Recommendation engine specialist TV Genius has joined technology company NDS’s recommendations engine partner programme. The move means that NDS will offer the services of TV Genius to its customers. TV Genius recommends programmes based on relevance and viewing preferences and is currently deployed in 20 platforms across seven countries.

Head of Finland’s TV Five steps down

The head of Finland’s TV Five (TV Viisi) has left the channel. German born Peter Behrends has departed as a managing director. There was no information about Behrends next move, or replacement at TV Five, which is part of German-based broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1. Behrends joined SBS in 2004 and served in various roles including deputy […]

Volicon hires Dubery for EMEA role

Multichannel video content logging and monitoring specialist Volicon has appointed Paul Dubery as director of EMEA business development. Dubery previously served as a consultant specialising in sales management and business development surrounding file-based broadcast workflows and asset management solutions, as well as delivery platform technologies including VOD, IPTV, and mobile. Previously he held roles in […]

KDG launches 100Mbps in Hamburg

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has launched 100Mbps internet access in Hamburg. The operator is offering 100Mbps and 60Mbps services for €42.90 and €32.90 a month respectively. KDG plans to introduce the high-speed services in Berlin, Hanover and Munich within the next six months, to be followed by a network-wide launch within 12-18 months.

Zon’s Sport TV secures extension of football deal

Portuguese premium channel Sport TV, 50%-owned by pay-TV operator provider Zon Multimédia, has extended its contract to broadcast the football matches of the Portuguese league for another year. The deal gives Sport TV rights to the game of the top two divisions, the Bwin Liga and Liga Vitalis for the 2012-13 season. The channel already […]

UK gives OK to product placement

UK authorities have decided to allow product placement in TV shows for the first time. Culture minister Ben Bradshaw said that following a period of consultation the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport will allow product placement on UK screens “in a way which will provide meaningful commercial benefits to commercial television companies and […]

Teo passes 100,000 IPTV subscribers

Lithuanian telco Teo had signed up over 100,000 TV customers by the end of last year, the company has revealed. Teo’s IPTV base grew by 38.63% to 56,000, while digital-terrestrial customers exceeded 46,000 at the end of December. Teo said that TV accounted for 3.4% of revenue in 2009, compared with 33.8% from internet and […]

TTK wins Eurovision contract

Russian network provider TTK has been awarded a contract by Eurovision to transmit the HDTV signal for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver from central Europe into and throughout the Russian Federation.   TTK, owned by the Russian railways and with a network running alongside the rail network, will be responsible for delivering HD-quality live […]

Orange in talks to carry digital-terrestrial pay channels

France Télécom/Orange is reportedly in talks with French digital-terrestrial pay-TV channels about including them in its IPTV and satellite pay-TV offers. Orange hopes to add the channels to its line-up by the end of the first half of this year, and has asked media regulator the CSA for authorisation. Orange hopes to add five channels […]

Ziggo signs up one million phone customers

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has signed up one million telephony customers, the company has announced.  The Smallenbroek family from Assen, identified as the millionth customer, received home-entertainment equipment worth €5,000 from Ziggo.