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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. […]

Broadband per-megabit prices continue to fall

Residential DSL broadband customers are paying 40% less for each megabit of bandwidth than they were 18 months ago, and broadband cable subscribers are paying 30% less, according to research from Point Topic. The research group found that fibre network providers had suffered less of a drop in price per megabit – only 17%. Cable […]

TVN posts solid first-half results

TVN-owned Polish DTH satellite pay-TV platform ‘n’ had 683,000 subscribers at the end of the second quarter, which the operator said was inline with expectations. Post-paid subscriber additions for the first half numbered 61,000, taking the post-paid total to 557,000 in June, of which 554,000 had been activated. However, growth slowed to 10,000 in the […]

Unitymedia reports triple-play growth

German cable operator Unitymedia had 1.27 million digital cable subscribers at the end of June, up 23% year-on-year. However, its analogue subscriber base lost 392,000 subscribers during the 12 months meaning its overall cable subscriber base was down 3% on the previous year. The operator has been concentrating on developing its Unity3play triple-play offering which […]