New features and channels for MAXtv

Croatian telco T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) has added new functionality and channels to its MAXtv IPTV service. T-HT has redesigned and simplified the user interface for the service, allowing horizontal and vertical browsing of channels and video-on-demand programmes, poster views of VOD titles and one-click ordering of VOD sessions. Viewers can also customise their own user […]

YouSee to maintain analogue offer indefinitely

Danish telco TDC’s cable subsidiary YouSee has said it will maintain analogue services indefinitely. Denmark plans to switch off analogue over-the-air broadcasts later this year. CEO Niels Breining said it was possible that the recent decision of the Danish telecom regulator to force it to open its network to other broadband providers could force it […]

Discovery Germany goes with Brightcove

The German arm of factual channel operator Discovery has inked a deal with technology company Brightcove that will allow it to distribute ad-supported video content on its website. The Brightcove solution will allow Discovery to offer promo clips or full-length shows as well as archived material for a catch-up service. Discovery already works with Brightcove […]

Com Hem says sorry with football

Swedish cable operator Com Hem made some of its premium sports channels available for free yesterday by way of an apology to its customers following the previous day’s loss of service due to a lightening strike at its power grid. The Viasat Sport package, which includes Viasat Sport, Viasat Football, Viasat Motor and Viasat Sport […]

Ad declines hit RTL: zero visibility for 2009

Pan-European broadcast group RTL has posted an 11% decrease in first quarter revenue, blaming double-digit declines in TV advertising markets across Europe. Revenue for the quarter came in at €1.2bn. EBITA profit decreased 53.7% year-on-year through the quarter, taking the total to €87m.
 RTL said it is reviewing its cost base across the board. “This […]

Viasat launches hockey pay-TV channel

Modern Times Group-owned Viasat Broadcasting is to launch Sweden’s first dedicated ice hockey channel. Viasat Hockey will be available on the Viasat DTH platforms as part of the operator’s premium sports package, and for distribution via third party networks. The channel will launch at the start of the country’s ice hockey season in the autumn. […]

Swisscom doubles IPTV subs

Swisscom has doubled the number of subscribers to its Bluewin TV IPTV service in 12 months, ending the first quarter of 2009 with 139,000 customers. The Swiss telco added 21,000 new IPTV customers during the first quarter and said that a simplified self-install programme introduced last year had proved successful with around 90% of new […]

Zon increases triple-play base

Portuguese cable operator Zon Multimédia has tripled the number of subscribers taking triple-play services in 12 months, ending March with 3.4 million triple-play customers. Zon added 64,000 new triple-play subscribers during the first quarter meaning that just under 30% of cable subscribers now take a triple-play package, compared with 10% a year earlier and 23% […]

Liberty Global suffers losses despite digital subs boost

International pay-TV operator Liberty Global suffered widening losses in the first quarter of 2009. The group reported a loss of US$299m (€224.6m) for the three months to March. Revenues slid by 1.3% to US$2.58 billion. However, despite rapidly falling analogue cable subscribers, the company, which is part owned by John Malone, continues to grow […]

Spanish government could implement telco tax to pay for TVE

The Spanish government is moving ahead with a plan to tax telecom operators as well as commercial broadcasters to compensate the phasing out of advertising by public broadcaster TVE, according to press reports. The government plans to raise a 0.9% tax on the revenues of the telcos and a 3% tax on broadcasters, a spokesman […]