Czech Rio Media acquires Erkor’s Olomouc network

Czech triple-play service provider Rio Media has acquired part of internet provider Erkor’s network and customer base. Rio Media has acquired Erkor’s network and customers in the city of Olomouc in eastern Moravia and the nearby towns of Prostejov and Sternberk. Rio Media currently has about 120,000 active customers via fixed and wireless networks, mostly […]

Numericable begins commercialising low-cost triple-play

French cable operator Numericable has begun offering its planned low-cost €19.90 a month triple-play service. The move follows Numericable’s launch of France’s 18 free-to-air standard-definition digital-terrestrial channels on its network. The €19.90 offer, including four digital-terrestrial HD channels, is available to about four million households across France.

MTG and Sanoma launching Finnish sports channel

The Modern Times Group (MTG) and media company Sanoma have joined forces and will launch a premium sports channel in Finland. Sanoma’s Nelonen Media and MTG-owned Viasat will provide content for the channel, which will be called Nelonen Sport Pro and launch in February 2010. Sports coverage will include the local soccer league as well […]

Ziggo to block AlphaCrypt in February

Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to block reception of its services via AlphaCrypt common interface modules in TVs that are compatible with the new CI Plus standard. Ziggo, which plans to phase out reception via AlphaCrypt modules by February 2, says that the modules provide inadequate content protection and that content suppliers including RTL, SBS, […]

YouSee launches web TV service

Danish cable operator YouSee has launched a free add-on web TV service to its broadband subscribers. YouSee broadband customers will now have access to 30 of the most popular channels in the Danish market via its portal. The operator said that the service would eventually mirror its cable TV service, with a full package […]

ESPN UK secures FA Cup rights

International sports broadcaster ESPN has acquired the rights to FA Cup soccer matches in the UK following the collapse of Setanta. ESPN has picked up the rights to the games that were previously held by the Irish pay broadcaster and from the end of 2010 will air two games per round of the competition. The […]

IMPALA welcomes Freesat launch of MHEG-IC

MHEG promotional alliance IMPALA has welcomed the beta release by UK free-to-air digital satellite platform Freesat of the first hybrid broadcast broadband MHEG Interaction Channel (MHEG-IC). Freesat is using MHEG-IC to deliver the BBC’s iPlayer online catch-up service to Freesat TVs via the internet. The MHEG-IC uses a “hybrid file system” that enables broadcasters to […]

Viasat acquires World Rally Championship rights

Modern Times Group-owned pay and free TV broadcaster Viasat Broadcasting has acquired the exclusive rights to the FIA World Rally Championships for Sweden, Norway and Denmark for the next three seasons. The championships will air on Viasat Motor in Sweden and Norway and on TV2 Sport in Denmark. Viasat Broadcasting already holds rights to a […]

ZDF hails ratings success for Neo

German public broadcaster ZDF has recorded a rise for its digital channel Neo. The channel, which launched at the start of November with series including NBC Universal’s comedy 30 Rock, now has a 0.2% share of the 14-49 audience. This is double the share that documentary channel ZDF Dokukanal, the channel it replaced, regularly […]

Sonaecom’s Clix TV to add Fox channels

Portuguese service provider Sonaecom is to add six channels from Fox Entertainment to its Clix TV IPTV service in January. The operator will add FX, Fox Next, Fox Life, Fox HD, Fox Life HD and Nat Geo Wild HD to its line-up, following an agreement with the US studio. The addition of the Fox channels […]