Viasat Hockey launches in Baltics

Modern Times Group-owned pay-TV operator Viasat has launched a dedicated ice hockey channel for the Baltic region. Viasat Hockey has the broadcasting rights for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to the National Hockey League (NHL) and exclusive rights to the KHL international ice hockey league, including Dinamo Riga’s matches, and the IIHF World Championship. The […]

Broadband industries could create million jobs, say trade bodies

Cable industry trade body Cable Europe has joined with other communication industry associations  including the BSA, Digital Europe, EDIMA, ECTA, ESOA, ETNO, the EuroISPA and the GSMA to call on the European Union to take action to enable business and society to fully benefit from information and communication technologies. The group said that broadband-based innovation […]

ProSiebenSat.1 owners make more cash available

The private equity owners of ProSiebenSat.1 have agreed to make up to €140m of extra cash available to the German broadcast group, according to German press reports. KKR and Permira have reportedly agreed in principle to the cash injection with the details to be finalised within weeks. The money would be used to meet debt […]

Murdoch and Alwaleed discuss further cooperation

Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal met with News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch on Thursday to discuss media investments including News Corp’s forthcoming acquisition of a 10% stake in channel provider Rotana Media, which is 90%-owned by Alwaleed’s Kingdom Holding Company (KHC). The deal with News Corp is expected to close at the […]

NSS-12 begins commercial service

SES World Skies has announced that the NSS-12 satellite has entered commercial service at the 57° East orbital position. The satellite, which was launched on October 29, 2009, replaces NSS-703 to cover Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. All traffic on NSS-703 has now been transferred to NSS-12. SES said the […]

NTV Plus adds ice-hockey channel

Russian pay-TV provider NTV Plus has added ice-hockey channel KHL TV to its Sport and Supersport packages. The channel will offer coverage of between 300 to 400 matches from the Continental Hockey League for the 2009-10 season, as well as showing archive matches and related programming.  

SGT names new CTO

Broadcast and media software supplier SGT has named Eric Hennetier as its new chief technology officer. Hennetier was previously deputy IT director at French TV broadcaster M6. He replaces Eric Michaud, who will take on the role of executive evangelist.

Spanish broadcasters choose Tedial for content sharing system

The Federación de Organismos de Radio y Television Autónomicos (FORTA), which represents regional broadcasters in Spain, has awarded content management company Tedial a contract to implement a system to allow FORTA’s member broadcasters to share content through a centralised database. The new system will enable broadcasters to contribute content to a central service and […]

Georgian Russian-language channel launches on satellite

Caucasus One, the Russian language news channel set up by Georgia’s public broadcaster, is set to launch via satellite later this month after it struck a number of carriage deals. The channel – known as Pervyy Kavkazskiy – was previously only available via the internet but will now be broadcast across the Caucasus region and […]

Lagardère denies Canal Plus sale rumours

French media to arms conglomerate Lagardère has denied the latest reports that it is planning to sell its stake in pay-TV operator Canal Plus, as well as its stake in defence consortium EADS. Market rumours that a sale of both stakes was likely surfaced this week. Late last year, Lagardère finance director Dominque D’Hinnin said […]