Teracom to build sixth DTT mux after regulatory change

Sweden’s Teracom has begun deploying the country’s sixth digital-terrestrial multiplex, meaning that new channels could be launched on the platform this year. Investments in the sixth multiplex were frozen in October 2008 because of pricing regulatory restrictions placed on Teracom’s activities. The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency has now proposed to deregulate pay-TV elements of […]

French online catch-up services see rapid growth

Online catch-up TV is developing rapidly in France, according to a study by research group NPA. The proportion of programmes offered by the main broadcasters for catch-up viewing grew from 53% in March to 59% in September, according to the study. Commercial channel M6 leads the way, offering 80% of its programmes on-demand, followed by […]

Murdoch calls for Chinese open door and payment for internet content

News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has called on the Chinese government to open the door to international media competition and to take measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected. Murdoch, speaking at the World Media Summit in Beijing, said that the growth of Chinese media companies would be hindered by intellectual […]

Channel 4 close to YouTube revenue-share deal

Video sharing website YouTube is close to signing a deal with Channel 4 that will lead to the majority of the broadcaster’s content being available on the site. According to the Daily Telegraph, both parties are close to signing a contract that will see Channel 4 being granted the rights to sell its own advertising […]

Vodafone Portugal boosts mobile TV service

Vodafone Portugal has added three new channels to its mobile TV offering. The operator has added Baby TV, National Geographic Channel and Eurosport to the offer, taking the number of channels available to 30, including the Portuguese national channels and international channels including Fox, Euronews, CNN, Fashion TV, Discovery Mobile, History Channel as well as […]

Teo launches HD DVR

Lithuanian telco Teo is launching HDTV and a new DVR service to its 40,000 Digital GALA digital-terrestrial TV customers. Teo has launched a new DVR with 160GB storage capacity that will enable up to 170 hours of recording time. The company has also begun offering Eurosport HD, Discovery HD and National Geographic HD in the […]

Cable Europe Labs certifies new products

Cable industry standards body Cable Europe Labs has certified a number of new EuroDOCSIS-based products from Cisco, Netgear Thomson, Pace and STMicroelectronics. For EuroDOCSIS 3.0, the board agreed to certify the following products: Cisco EPC3325 (cable modem), Cisco EPC3010 (cable modem), Netgear CG3100 (EMTA – passed for EuroDOCSIS3.0 and EuroPacketCable1.5), Thomson TWG870 (EMTA – passed […]

Digital reaches seven in ten French households

More than seven in ten French households took a digital TV service at the end of the first half of this year, according to the latest survey by media regulator the CSA. According to the survey, 70.3% of households have at least one digital service, delivered via digital-terrestrial TV, satellite, ADSL or cable. Some 39% […]

Comstar names Volga region chief

Russian service provider Comstar-UTS has named Maxim Apasov as director of its Volga region operations, encompassing services in the cities of Samara and Togliatti. Apasov, a native of Samara, previously worked for the Soyuz group of companies.  

ProSiebenSat.1 names marketing chief

Marcel Mohaupt has been named as vice-president of strategic marketing and business development at ProSiebenSat.1 Group. Mohaupt, who worked for the broadcaster from 1992-2000, was more recently marketing director for 20th Century Fox Germany.