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TF1 repositions Odyssee and extends carriage

French commercial broadcaster TF1’s documentary channel Odyssee is to be repositioned as a lifestyle channel. The channel, created in 1996 and hitherto distributed exclusively via cable, will be made available via the CanalSat digital pay-TV platform from November 5, and will also be distributed via IPTV networks.

Inspiration Networks launches on Free

Broadcaster Inspiration Networks International (INI) has announced that its faith-based channel is now available on French IPTV platform Free. INI said Free viewers will be able to receive the same line-up of programming that is available in other parts of Europe, including musical series and specials, ministry programmes and content in the Steelroots teen block, […]

Latvia’s Baltkom reports growth

Latvian cable operator Baltkom reported 140,000 digital TV subscribers at the end of September, up 35 per cent year-on-year, according to local news reports. The company’s share of the local internet market rose to 22 per cent from 18 per cent year-on-year. Baltkom reported consolidated sales of LVL12m (EUR17m), according to the reports, with a […]

PrimeTel introduces Arabic user interface on middleware

Cypriot triple-play provider PrimeTel has used the IPTV World Forum Middle East and Africa event in Dubai to introduce an Arabic user interface to its middleware platform Twister. Twister has been developed for PrimeTel by technology provider Thunderworx. The operator currently has about 20,000 IPTV subscribers in Cyprus.

Viaccess hacker lawsuit leads to arrests

Conditional access company Viaccess has announced that 26 people have been arrested in France on suspicion of hacking several operators, including Canal Plus. Viaccess said it filed a lawsuit against the parties after it had worked with French cyber police to find the suspects by tracking their IP addresses.

UPC Hungary launches interactive music service with Musicoola

UPC Hungary is to launch an interactive music service as part of its digital TV offering. The package, supplied by digital music specialist Musicoola, will offer 30 local and international music channels offering a variety of genres. Subscribers will be able to view and select tracks from various genres, and view information including the song […]

Canal Plus faces churn reduction

French pay-TV operator Canal Plus CEO Bertrand Meheut has reported a slight growth in churn but said the company has not begun to feel the effects of the current global financial situation. Meheut made the comments during an interview with a French radio station, adding that the country’s planned additional tax on private broadcasters was […]

SES weathers economic storm

Satellite operator SES says it is well-placed to weather the current economic storm and has maintained its financial guidance for the rest of the year. The operator reported recurring revenue of EUR1.186bn for the nine months to September 30, up 7.1 per cent on the previous year. Reported revenue was down slightly from EUR1.196bn to […]

Private signs IPTV deal with Virginmega

Adult video distributor Private Media Group has signed a content deal with French internet portal Virginmega.fr and its IPTV operator partner.  While Private didn’t reveal the identity of the operator, it said its content is now available in 18 European counties via 35 IPTV operators with a combined subscriber base of 7.3 million.

Humax to launch first Freesat Plus device

UK free-to-air digital satellite BBC and ITV joint venture Freesat’s DVR service, Freesat Plus, will launch in November with the commercialisation of the Foxsat-HDR set-top box from Humax. The twin-tuner device will be equipped with a 320GB hard drive that can store up to 80 hours of HD or 200 hours of SD programming. The […]