Arqiva hires former UKTV exec for VOD venture

UK transmission services provider Arqiva has named John Keeling as platform controller of its new video-on-demand service. Keeling, who was previously controller and chief operating officer of thematic channel provider UKTV, will be responsible for overseeing all programming and marketing functions including brand development and content supply.   Arqiva plans to develop a VOD platform […]

Vectra adds Fashion HD

Polish cable operator Vectra has added Fashion HD to its line-up, taking the total number of HD services on the platform to 11. Fashion HD will be part of Vectra’s Platinum package. Separately, Vectra has launched fixed-line telephony services in a number of areas.

Vivendi has “no plans” to increase NBCU stake

French media conglomerate Vivendi has reiterated that it has no plans to increase its stake in Hollywood studio NBC Universal. Vivendi owns 20% of the US film and television producer, but there have been numerous reports recently that the French company is looking to raise this stake. Jean Bernard Levy, chief executive of Vivendi, which […]

BH Telecom uses Verimatrix

Bosnian telco BH Telecom has contracted content security company Verimatrix to use its technology to protect its IPTV service. BH Telecom launched its IPTV service earlier this year and hopes to target a large proportion of its two million telecoms subscribers. The operator has launched a raft of international channels and a video-on-demand service as […]

Sony signs up Five for internet TV

Sony has struck a deal with UK commercial broadcaster Five to include its content on Sony’s Bravia Internet Video service. Sony has already struck agreements with internet sites YouTube and Wired to provide their video content on the platform. The service allows purchasers of Sony Bravia TVs and Blu-ray players to receive video-on-demand programming via […]

Tele Columbus upgrades Potsdam

German cable operator Tele Columbus has upgraded its network in Potsdam to offer triple-play services. The upgrade will make broadband, telephony and digital TV services available to about 50,000 homes. The operator said it had upgraded about 20,000 households to digital services so far. Potsdam is also one of the sites in which Tele Columbus […]

Stream-TV drops BBC World News

Russian pay-TV operator Stream-TV has dropped BBC World News from its service following the termination of its existing contract. Stream-TV will continue to offer international news channels CNN, Euronews, Deutsche Welle and Russia Today, as well as Russian business news channel RBC TV. 

Free adds Sundance Channel HD

French IPTV provider Free has added independent movie service Sundance Channel HD to its line-up. The channel will be available as an à la carte option for €2.99 a month and Free said it would soon also make Sundance programming available on video-on-demand by subscription.

Liberty Global unit ups stake in Telenet

Liberty Global’s Dutch-based investment unit Binan Investments has acquired a stake of over 30% in Belgian cable operator Telenet. Telenet received notification of that Binan held over 30% of the company on August 27, in accordance with the law on public takeovers. Liberty Global’s stake in Telenet stood at 50.2% on June 19.

Tandberg encoders for Macedonian digital-terrestrial platform

Telekom Slovenije-owned Macedonian ISP On.Net is using MPEG-4 encoders from Tandberg for its 60-channel digital-terrestrial service in the country. The nationwide pay-TV service, one of the largest DVB-T deployments to date in terms of the number of channels available, will also include two HD channels.