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YouSee boosts public service element in basic package

Danish cable operator YouSee will launch new TV packages on November 1. The operator’s basic package will now include 11 public broadcast channels (out of a total of 16 channels), thanks to the addition of new services from DR. The operator will offer new services DR K and DR Ramasjang (which will now be distributed […]

Numericable adds Arabic and Turkish channels

Channel distributor Thema is delivering new Arabic and Turkish channels to French cable operator Numericable’s Belgian network. The Arabia package has added four family-oriented channels, including movie channels Art cinema and Art Aflam 1, Art Prime Sport and entertainment channel Art Hekayat. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera-owned kids channel Baraem has been added to the TV Plus […]

Mirada names interactive content chief

Interactive TV specialist Mirada has named Carlos Zalve as director of interactive media content. Zalve, who was previously country manager for Iberia at OpenTV and has worked as a TV producer and interactive TV specialist in a number of markets, will report to Mirada CEO Jose Luis Vazquez. 

Comstar-UTS launches IPTV in Moscow region

Russian service provider Comstar-UTS has launched IPTV services in the Moscow region, following the completion of its backbone network in the area. The new service will be available initially to residents of a number of satellite towns around the city including Dolgoprudnyi, Mytishchi, Schelkovo, Balashikha and Krasnogorsk. Comstar, which already offers TV services in the […]

PT’s Meo passes half a million subscribers

Portugal Telecom has signed up over 500,000 subscribers to its Meo digital TV service. The number, which reflects an extremely fast growth rate for the Portuguese telco, with almost double the subscriber base at the same point last year, represents 64% of the company’s ADSL base. Second quarter net additions to the service were above […]

Thomson to supply set-tops for Hot HD

Israeli cable operator Hot is set to launch high definition services after striking a deal with set-top box manufacturer Thomson. The company is upgrading its set-top boxes with HD-ready versions as it looks to provide a raft of HD channels to its 900,000 subscribers. The new boxes support both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 compression and support […]

Half a million to be without signal after switchover, says CSA chief

About half a million French homes could find themselves outside regions reached by digital-terrestrial TV when the country switches off its analogue broadcasts in 2011, according to Alain Méar, vice-president of media regulator the CSA. Méar told French parliamentarians worried about the impact of switchover that about 500,000 homes could be affected. The parliamentarians’ concerns […]

CNN most-watched amongst business elite

CNN has laid claim to the title of most-watched international channel amongst Europe’s senior business decision makers on the basis of the latest Ipsos Business Elite Europe survey. The survey, which looked at the media habits of business leaders in 17 countries, found that CNN reached 16.4% of so-called C-suite (“chief”) viewers on a […]

MTG’s pay-TV business continues to grow

Modern Times Group added 24,000 premium subscribers in Scandinavia during the third quarter as the company’s pay-TV business continued to hold up well against the global recession. Hans-Holger Albrecht said well over half of all group revenues come from the “non-cyclical, resilient and well positioned” pay-TV business. Of the premium subscriber additions, 9,000 signed up […]

UPC Poland launches free bundle promotion

Cable operator UPC Poland is launching a new promotion giving new subscribers free services until the end of the year if they sign up to double- or triple-play services for a 12 month period. The offer runs until December 31 and those signing up via the company’s website will also be exempt from installation fees. […]