SES revenues up 7%

Satellite operator SES produced another set of strong results as it recorded a 7% rise in revenue during the first half of the year to €843.4m. EBITDA reached €607m, up 10.3% year-on-year. During the six-month period, SES increased capacity utlisation to 80.5% from 1,101 transponders. SES Astra’s fleet currently carries 78 HD channels serving the […]

Eutelsat upgrades targets after solid full-year results

Satellite operator Eutelsat expects to become a €1bn company by the end of the current financial year, with an EBITDA objective of over €780m. The company upgraded its targets for the 2009-12 period in the wake of solid 2008-09 results. Eutelsat reported full-year revenues of €940.5m for 2008-09, up 7.2% year-on-year, with EBITDA of €742.1m, […]

Five joins Canvas

UK broadcaster Five has joined Project Canvas, the joint venture service aiming to bring internet video services to TV screens. Five, owned by German group RTL, joins the BBC, ITV and telco BT on the project, which is still awaiting approval from the BBC Trust. 

Zon Multimédia arrests pay-TV decline

Portuguese pay-TV provider Zon Multimédia managed to slow down the decline in its pay-TV subscriber base in the second quarter. The operator suffered a net loss of 3,900 subscribers, compared with a loss of 18,200 in the first quarter in the face of competition from Portugal Telecom. Overall, pay-TV subscribers numbered 1,591,400, up 2.2% […]

Rai confirms end of Sky Italia deal

Italian state broadcaster Rai has confirmed its contract with News Corp to air five RaiSat channels on Sky Italia’s platform will not be renewed after it expires today. Sky Italia is believed to have offered €425m to Rai for its digital channels, including Rai Extra and Rai Cinema, for seven years but Rai rejected the […]

Sky to launch 3D TV next year

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB will launch a commercial 3D TV service next year, following impressive take up of its Sky Plus HD DVR product. Sky has so far confirmed it will launch a 3D TV channel at some point next year. It will offer a range of programming, including movies, entertainment and sport. The Sky […]

Kidsco expands German footprint

Kids channel Kidsco has inked a carriage deal with German cable operator Kabel BW. The cable operator is launching a new kids package with an emphasis on education that will launch to coincide with the German school holidays. Kidsco, a three-way joint venture between NBC Universal, Cookie Jar and Corus, has also recruited GMC to […]