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MAXtv ‘Croatia’s largest pay-TV service’

Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Hrvatski Telekom ended September with almost 190,000 subscribers to its IPTV service MAXtv, more than double the number a year earlier. It claims MAXtv is now Croatia’s largest pay-TV service with 189,433 customers. The Croatian telco’s T-Com operation served more than 1.5 million fixed lines and nearly 527,000 high-speed broadband connections at the […]

Prisa ends Mediaset merger talks

Spanish media company Prisa has ended merger talks with Italian media group Mediaset after the two companies could not agree a deal. Mediaset was keen to acquire Prisa’s satellite pay-TV operation Digital Plus but the two parties couldn’t agree terms. French conglomerate Vivendi is reportedly still keen to acquire the pay-TV service and has formed […]

EQT acquires Bulgarian cable operators

Swedish private equity form EQT has acquired Bulgarian cable operators CableTEL and Eurocom and is set to merge the two. The investment fund, which also owns German cabler Kabel BW, has paid more than €200m for 100% of Eurocom from US private equity firm Warburg Pincus and 70% of CableTEL from US businessman Gene Phillips. […]

Belgacom adds 220,000 TV subs in 12 months

Belgian telco Belgacom added 75,000 new IPTV customers during the third quarter, giving it a total of 663,000 at the end of September. That means the operator has added 220,000 TV customers in the last 12 months. Revenue from Belgacom’s TV business grew by 51.2% to €94m and now contributes 5% of total consumer business […]

Thor 6 launch furthers Telenor’s CEE ambitions

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting has successfully launched Thor 6 from the Guiana Spaceport in Kourou. The Ariane 5 ECA launcher launched at 20:00 GMT with Telenor’s Thor 6 and World Skies NSS-12 satellites on board. Thor 6 will be positioned at 1° West, giving Telenor 36 new Ku-band transponders. Sixteen will be used for […]

Cabovisão facing tough competition

Cogeco-owned Portuguese cable operator Cabovisão ended August with 102,753 digital TV customers after adding 23,456  during the quarter. However, the operator lost 5,381 basic cable subscribers, giving it a total of 259,480. Cabovisão ended the quarter with a total of 732,375 RGUs. Revenue decreased by US$11.9m (€8m), or 18.6%, to US$52.2m, which Cogeco put down […]

TVN sees slow pay-TV growth

Polish broadcast group TVN has posted lacklustre growth of at pay-TV service ‘n’ for the third quarter.  The company recorded 571,000 subscribers, however, analysts said that this was the second consecutive quarter of disappointing growth and the company was unlikely to reach its year-end target of 766,000. TVN is reportedly set to increase its stake […]

Telecinco profits and revenues crash as recession woes continue

Telecinco has suffered a sharp decline in revenues as the advertising recession continues to impact its business. The Spanish free-to-air broadcaster posted revenues of €432.5m for the first nine months of 2009, a 41.2% decrease year-on-year. Pre-tax profit fell 80%, taking the total to €58.5m. The Mediaset-backed broadcaster recorded an average audience share of 15% […]

Orange nears three million TV subs

France Télécom/Orange had 2.9 million digital TV subscribers across its IPTV and DTH platforms at the end of September, a 63% increase year-on-year. In France, digital TV subscribers numbered 2.547 million, up 59% year-on-year. The Orange sport and Orange cinema series channels had a total of 596,000 subscribers at the end of September, compared with […]

Virgin Media increases quad-play penetration

Ten per cent of Virgin Media’s customers now take quad-play services. The cable operator reported a total of 12.853 million RGUs during the third quarter, up from 12.224 million a year earlier. By the end of September, 10.1% of customers took four services. The operator saw increases in the number of TV subscribers, up 37,000 […]