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NTV-Plus offers PPV movie service in Ukraine

Russian pay-TV provider NTV-Plus has begun offering pay-per-view movie service Kinodrome in neighbouring Ukraine. The movie service is broadcast via the Eutelsat W4 satellite. However, NTV-Plus’s current promotional offer of 10 films for the price of nine will not be made available to Ukrainian subscribers.

History Channel extends reach in Hungary

The History Channel has extended its reach in Hungary after the AETN-owned factual broadcaster inked a deal with pay-TV operator FiberNet. The channel launched earlier this month and this moves continues its growing roll out in central and eastern Europe. The channel, which is fully localised in Hungarian, is already available via cablers UPC, T-Kabel, […]

KabelKiosk to offer HD channels for first time

Eutelsat’s German satellite-to-cable delivery platform KabelKiosk has launched its first HD channels following an agreement with the RTL Group. KabelKiosk has added RTL HD and Vox HD to its line-up, delivered to cable operators via the Eurobird 9A satellite, enabling the HD versions of the channels to be delivered to digital cable networks.

Darroch set to slate ITV sale decision

Jeremy Darroch, CEO of UK pay-TV operator BSkyB is expected to criticise the court of appeal’s ruling that it must reduce its stake in commercial broadcaster ITV during its half-year results next Thursday, according to the Telegraph newspaper. Last week it was reported that BSkyB is considering a quick sale of its 17.9% stake […]

World Skies rebrands fleet

Satellite operator SES World Skies has updated its satellite fleet development plan and announced a rebrand for its satellite fleet. Three new satellites are in various stages of development, which the company said were intended to replenish and expand its North American fleet. They will be named SES-1, SES-2 and SES-3.  SES-1 is […]

Multimedia Polska passes 100,000 digital subs

Multimedia Polska now has over 100,000 digital TV subscribers, a year and a half after launching its digital network. The operator reported 98,000 digital subs at the end of September 2009 and has now passed the 100,000 mark.  A third of digital subscribers take a triple-play package. Multimedia Polska is hoping its VOD, HD and […]

BT undercuts Virgin Media with Infinity for £19.99

BT’s retail arm has said it will make its fibre-based high-speed internet service, dubbed BT Infinity, with download speeds of up to 40Mbps, available from £19.99 (€23) a month with a £50 connection charge, undercutting cable operator Virgin Media’s 50Mbps XXL service, based on DOCSIS 3.0. However, Virgin Media has countered by pointing out […]

MultiChoice expands Ku-band coverage with Eutelsat W7

South Africa-based pay-TV provider MultiChoice Africa has signed up for 20 transponders on satellite operator Eutelsat’s new W7 satellite at the 36° East orbital position. Ranked as one of the largest contracts concluded by the Paris-based satellite operator, the agreement extends MultiChoice’s existing relationship with Eutelsat to 2025. The pay-TV operator has almost completed transferring […]

Volia begins unifying customer services for nationwide brand

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has begun the process of unifying customer services operations across its regional operations, establishing unified corporate standards. The move is part of a process to integrate all of Volia’s regional subsidiaries under a single brand by the end of 2010, establishing uniform call centre standards and payment systems. Volia […]

Fixed broadband to pass half billion mark

Global fixed-broadband subscriptions are expected to pass the half-billion mark this year, according to research by Informa Telecoms & Media, publisher of DTVE Daily. While the markets in developed countries is approaching saturation, growth will be driven by currently underserved areas in China, India and elsewhere. Overall, Informa calculated that new fixed broadband subscriptions grew […]