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SES reports strong results but warns on future

Satellite operator SES’s chairman Romain Bausch believes the company could be affected by challenging economic conditions if they continue into 2010, although he noted that the satellite industry is yet to have been impacted by the crisis to-date. The company posted strong first quarter results, with revenues of €423.9m, a rise of 8.4% year-on-year. EBITDA […]

JML adds TV Key

Shopping broadcaster JML has deployed interactive TV company Miniweb’s TV Key service, which enables customers to purchase products directly from the TV via the remote control. Viewers of JML channels in the UK are prompted to press the interactive button on the remote control and select the TV Keys option. They then enter the JML […]

RRsat launches internet TV delivery platform

Content management and global distribution company RRsat Global has joined forced with TVU Networks to launch a managed, end-to-end service to deliver TV from broadcasters anywhere in the world to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. RRsat Global Internet TV combines RRsat’s satellite and fibre TV communications network and content management and playout facilities with TVU’s […]

DT confirms German soccer rights deal

Telco Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that it has sub-licensed the IPTV and mobile phone rights to German Bundesliga soccer to Constantin Medien, the German media company that encompasses what was formerly known as EM.Sport, for four years.  Constantin will broadcast all 612 games from the first and second Bundesliga divisions via a dedicated IPTV channel […]

TeliaSonera triples IPTV revenues

Nordic telco TeliaSonera has tripled revenues from its IPTV business in the last 12 months. The telco added 32,000 IPTV subscribers during the first quarter of 2009, giving it a total of 509,000, 102,000 more than a year earlier. More than 20% of its broadband customers now subscribe to TV services. Operating profit from TeliaSonera’s […]

Nick promotes Hahn

MTV Networks International has promoted Nina Hahn from vice-president to senior vice-president of international production and development for Nickelodeon. Hahn will be responsible for expanding Nickelodeon’s global development by managing all internationally sourced productions and representing Nickelodeon US’s production interests abroad.

Move acquires Inuk

IPTV provider Inuk Networks has been acquired by internet TV provider Move Networks. Move Networks said that Inuk’s IPTV platform and virtual set-top box solution for PCs would complement its video publishing system and adaptive streaming technologies. Inuk provides IPTV services via its Freewire brand to university students in the UK, Ireland and Canada. […]

News Corp ups Premiere stake

News Corp has increased its stake in German pay-TV operator Premiere to 30.5% from 25%. The move marks the completion of a two-step €450m capital increase that was announced last December. Premiere CEO Mark Williams said the extra capital would enable the company to build successful pay-TV businesses in Germany and Austria. 

MTG remains positive despite challenging economic conditions

Modern Times Group CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht said the company is well positioned to weather the financial crisis. Albrecht made the comment during a conference call announcing the company’s first quarter results which saw its Viasat Broadcasting arm contributing sales of SEK2,599m (€236m), up 13% year-on-year. Albrecht said the company was facing a “very challenging market […]

Premiere sells Spox stake

German pay-TV operator Premiere has sold the 44% stake it owned in internet sports platform Spox.com to the CRESCES Group. Premiere said the decision was part of its strategy to focus on its core business, adding that future internet activities will be centralised under Premiere’s direct control.