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NBC Universal appoints ex Sky, Viacom exec to strategy position

NBC Universal’s global channels division has appointed Paul Curtis as vice-president of commercial strategy for its UK channels, Sci Fi, Hallmark, Movies 24 and Diva TV. Curtis joins from BSkyB and has previously worked at media companies including Viacom and Channel 5.

IPTV delivery systems

The need for standards and opportunities to deliver services across a range of devices will be addressed by middleware suppliers at IBC. IPTV service providers are increasingly looking to deliver the ‘three-screen’ experience – the delivery of audiovisual content to the TV, PC and mobile screen via a single IP-based infrastructure. In order to do […]

Stream offers free broadband upgrade

For a limited period, Russian pay-TV provider Stream TV is offering its customers broadband speeds of 6Mbps for the same price as 2.5Mbps. Between August 10 and September 30, customers will have access to 6Mbps broadband for RUB390 (€8.70) per month.

UK reaches six million unbundled lines

Unbundling of telephone lines in the UK has led to greater take up of broadband services and lower bills for consumers, according to Ofcom. There are now over six million unbundled broadband lines in the country. When the communications regulator and BT agreed in 2005 that the incumbent telco should set up a new division, […]

Ziggo CI Plus to be available by month-end

Dutch cable operator Ziggo expects that Common Interface Plus CAM modules will be available in stores in its franchise areas by the last week in August, according to local press. The CI Plus CAMs from an un-named manufacturer will reportedly cost €79.90, including smartcard. Ziggo is expected to produce a list of CI Plus-certified devices […]

Canal Plus analogue switch-off dates confirmed

French pay-TV provider Canal Plus is to cease analogue transmissions in the country’s northern reception zone, covering areas served by transmitters in Lille, including Bouvigny, Boulogne, Mont Lambert and Maubeuge, on April 14 next year, following a decision by audiovisual media regulator the CSA. Analogue transmissions in the Picardie region will end on the same […]

Berlusconi criticises Rai

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has once again hit out at commercial broadcaster Rai for having an anti-government agenda, claiming that the majority of Italians agree with him. He claimed Rai is always “against the government”, according to local reports, adding that Channel 3 was particularly critical. Berlusconi, who owns Italy’s biggest private broadcaster […]

KDG licenses Rovi EPG

German cable operator KDG has licensed Rovi’s EPG patent portfolio. KDG has licensed Rovi’s EPG patents under an agreement between Rovi and NDS. In April, NDS signed a multi-year licence agreement for Rovi’s EPG patents that allows it to offer licensed EPGs to its pay-TV platform operator customers in specified countries. 

UPC Netherlands launches Music Zone

Cable operator UPC Netherlands last week launched Music Zone, a new music package available to digital subscribers. Channels within Music Zone include Slam! TV, TMF Pure, Trace Tropical and Dance TV. The operator has also launched a music clip on-demand service provided by Xite. The linear channels are available as Music Zone Easy for €5 […]

Deutsche Telekom launches interactive TV competition

Deutsche Telekom has launched its second annual interactive TV award, offering prizes totalling €110,000 to developers who demonstrate innovative interactive ideas. The competition will allow developers to test their concepts in the new Microsoft Presentation Framework development environment. A new ‘freestyle’ section will allow creative individuals without the means to technically implement their ideas to […]