TVN financials hit by consolidation of pay-TV arm

Polish commercial broadcaster TVN Group has posted net revenues of PLN428m (€100m) for the quarter, up 20.9% year-on-year. However, consolidated EBITDA fell by 48.4% to PLN49m. This was partly due to the consolidation of pay-TV arm ITI Neovision (which includes pay-TV platform ‘n’), without which TVN’s revenues would have grown by 5.2% to PLN335m and […]

Eutelsat’s W7 set for November launch

Eutelsat has announced its latest satellite, W7, is in the final stages of preparation for launch on November 23. W7 has arrived at the Baikonour Cosmodrome and is set for launch by International Launch Services on board a Proton Breeze M booster at 14.22 GMT. It will be co-located with W4 at 36° East to […]

Regulator to investigate Friends Reunited sale

British commercial broadcaster ITV’s sale of its Friends Reunited website is to be investigated by regulators as a result of competition fears. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is concerned that DC Thomson, the company that agreed to pay £25m (€28m) for the site, will dominate the online genealogy market in the UK as the […]

WB names Spanish chief

Warner Bros has appointed Josh Berger, president and managing director, Warner Bros Entertainment Spain, a move that will combine his role as president and managing director, UK and Ireland. Berger, who reports to international executive vice-president Richard Fox, Warner Bros CEO Barry Meyer and COO Alan Horn, will be in charge of all of […]

Stream TV makes channel changes

Russian pay-TV platform Stream TV has added two new channels to its line-up – Russia Today and TV Ladies’ Club. Russia Today is an English-language international channel. TV Ladies’ Club is a female-skewed channel focusing on culture, fashion, entertainment and the home. Meanwhile, Illusion Plus and Fox Life are now only available in the Golden […]

Eutelsat’s Tooway to assist Ireland’s broadband help scheme

Satellite broadcaster Eutelsat’s broadband via satellite service Tooway has been chosen by Ireland’s National Broadband Scheme to deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to homes and businesses in rural Ireland. Under the scheme, Tooway’s service will be delivered to up to 5% of the 223,000 targeted buildings across rural Ireland. Those qualifying under the scheme will receive […]

Pace launches FTA set-top range for France

Set-top vendor Pace has launched a new range of free-to-air retail boxes in France that come with the option to upgrade to Canal Plus and Canalsat pay-TV channels. The DSR5020, which comes with Viaccess-embedded conditional access, enables consumers to access the free standard definition and HD digital terrestrial TNT channels and channels on the Astra […]

Sonera targets Helsinki cable TV market

The Finnish arm of Nordic telco TeliaSonera has launched a new cable TV offer in the Helsinki area. Sonera Cable TV is offering a TV service comprising 120 channels, including 13 in HD, with the aim of capturing a 10% market share in the greater Helsinki area. Sonera has already signed a deal to provide […]

UPC Poland makes BBC Lifestyle available in analogue

Cable operator UPC Poland is making the BBC Lifestyle channel available on its analogue tier in the agglomeration of Warsaw and Katowice, Krakow, Wroclaw, Opole, Tri-city, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Kielce, Lublin, Kedzierzyn Kozle, Lubin and Czestochowa. The channel was previously available in digital. UPC Poland has a policy of making digital programming available in a ‘window’ […]

Zon passes 600,000 broadband customers

Portuguese service provider Zon Multimédia now has over 600,000 broadband internet customers, representing penetration of over 50% of its customer base. Zon, which says it has grown its broadband base by about 200,000 homes over the past two years, currently passes about two million homes with very high-speed services, offering up to 200Mbps.