BT sells Mosaic to Tata Communications

Tata Communications has agreed to acquire UK telco BT’s BT Mosaic business, which provides an on-demand digital media management platform that manages content and workflow from productions through to distribution. The Mosaic business is targeted at production houses, digital media publishers, content service providers and TV channels. It enables organisations to manage content creation […]

Telekom Austria passes 100,000 TV subs

Telekom Austria’s aonTV service had 101,300 subscribers at the end of 2009, up 58.9% year-on-year. The telco had 967,200 fixed broadband customers at the end of the year, up 18.1% year-on-year. Wholesale broadband customers stood at 55,400, down 17.1%. Telekom Austria said that thanks to its success with bundled products it had managed to increase […]

Italy moves ahead with online video restrictions

Italy is moving ahead with controversial plans to force anyone uploading video to the internet to obtain a licence from the government, as well as other measures that could adversely affect the businesses of companies including Google and Sky Italia, as part of the Berlusconi government’s new media law. Deputy economic development minster and communications […]

UPC Poland launches search engine, offers discount

UPC Poland has unveiled a new search function for its digital TV service. The service gives TV viewers the choice of carrying out  basic or advanced searches. The former enables them to enter keywords such as film title or actor’s name using their remote control. The advanced option means users can search using defined […]

CreNova selects ANT Galio HbbTV platform

Digital TV software specialist ANT has announced that set-top vendor CreNova Technology will build its new range of hybrid set-top boxes using the ANT Galio HbbTV platform.  The HbbTV initiative was launched in August 2009 to provide an open platform for hybrid services based on web technologies. Since the launch, over 30 companies, including […]

Orange offers African channel bouquet

Orange has launched African-themed bouquet le Bouquet Africain on its French IPTV service. The bouquet, which is distributed by Thema, offers eight channels including RTS and 2sTV from Senegal, CRTV from Cameroon, RTI from Ivory Coast, ORTM from Mali, RTB from Burkino Faso, ORTB from Benin and Télé Congo from Congo. It is available for […]

CME sells loss-making Ukraine operations

Central and Eastern European broadcast group CME is offloading its Ukrainian TV channels for US$300m (€212m). The channels are being sold to Harley Trading, the company owned by Ukrainian entrepreneur Igor Kolomoisky. The agreement follows a February 2008 deal that saw CME increase its interest in 1+1 to 90% by buying a stake from investors […]

Sky loses ITV stake appeal

BSkyB is to be forced to sell its stake in public broadcaster ITV to below 7.5% by the court of appeal. “Sky’s appeal on competition issues is dismissed, so the direction that it must reduce its shareholding to less than 7.5% will stand,” the court ruled. The news means the UK pay-TV operator will face […]

YouTube in movie rental move

Fresh from inking its first ever sports rights deal, online video-sharing platform YouTube has unveiled plans to launch a movie rental service. It has launched a service to allow US consumers to rent movies showing at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The movies will be available to download, for a 48-hour period, for US$3.99 (€2.81). […]

Canal Plus pulls advertising following channel dispute

France’s  Canal Plus has reportedly withdrawn advertising from thematic channels and radio services owned by NRJ and NextRadioTV as the unresolved dispute between the pay-TV broadcaster and channels NRJ12 and NextRadioTV-owned BFM TV rumbles on. In 2009, Canal Plus reportedly spent some €3m on advertising its programmes with NRJ, and €700,000 with NextRadioTV. However, according […]