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 […]

RGB upgrades to MPEG 4

Network video processing company RGB Networks has upgraded its dynamic bandwidth manager (DBM) VOD transrater to support MPEG-4. RGB said that by deploying the DBM, operators can deliver up to 50% more VOD programming to subscribers without having to upgrade their current transmission infrastructure.

YouSee turns in positive financial performance

Danish telco TDC reported 1.195 million TV customers at the end of June, up 6.3% year-on-year. The figure included analogue and digital cable subscribers of its YouSee cable operation as well as IPTV subscribers. TDC had 1.292 million retail broadband customers at the end of the first half, up 9.5% year-on-year. Wholesale broadband customers numbered […]

Open TV teams up with Jinni

Interactive TV specialist Open TV has teamed up content discovery specialist Jinni to collaborate in developing search and recommendation functionality for the TV. Search and recommendation features are expected to be incorporated in the next release of Open TV’s Core 2 middleware, due to be available in the fourth quarter. 

Akado makes AXN Sci-Fi available on analogue

Russian service provider Akado is making Sony Pictures Entertainment’s AXN Sci-Fi channel available on its analogue tier until the end of August. The move is part of Akado’s programme of bringing digital-only channels to analogue viewers in order to encourage them to upgrade.

RNIB leads ‘talking chipset’ development

The UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has teamed up with a consortium of companies including Ocean Blue Software, ST Microelectronics and TW Electronics to develop a ‘talking chipset’ to deliver spoken-word versions of onscreen text such as EPG information, digital displays and menus. The RNIB hopes that the technology, which is expected […]

KDG and Unitymedia confirm Orion interest

German cable operators KDG and Unitymedia have confirmed their interest in acquiring rival operator Orion. A spokesperson for KDG told German newspaper Handelsblatt that it would be interested in buying Orion if it were put up for sale. It is understood that any sale would be used to help KDG to increase its internet and […]

AsiaSat 5 successfully launched

Satellite operator AsiaSat’s latest satellite, AsiaSat 5, has been successfully launched on board a Proton launch vehicle from Baikonur. The satellite will replace AsiaSat 2 at the 100.5° East orbital slot. The new satellite has a payload comprising 26 C-band and 14 Ku-band transponders and will offer an enhanced Asian C-band footprint as well as […]

Swisscom adds IPTV subs

Swisscom doubled the number of subscribers to its Bluewin IPTV service during the 12 months to the end of June, giving it a total of 165,000 customers after adding 26,000 during the second quarter. The Swiss telco said the simplified installation process introduced last year was proving successful with about 85% of new Bluewin TV […]

Ericsson signs Georgian IPTV contract

Ericsson’s Croatian affiliate Ericsson Nikola Tesla has signed a contract to supply IPTV equipment to Georgian mobile operator Magticom. Ericsson Nikola Tesla’s end-to-end IPTV solution will consist of Ericsson middleware, a Tandberg Television headend with initial capacity of 74 TV channels, VOD services, a satellite antenna subsystem and set-top boxes, as well as professional services […]