RTE wants Irish DTT review

Irish state broadcaster RTE is understood to have asked the government to review the plans for DTT roll out in the country. The news follows last week’s decision by the Boxer-led consortium, which won a tender to provide DTT services, to hand back the licence. Local reports suggest that RTE, which is building the […]

News Corp names MySpace chief

News Corp has named Owen Van Natta as CEO of its MySpace social networking subsidiary. Van Natta, who will report to chief digital officer Jonathan Miller, was previously chief revenue officer and vice-president of operations at Facebook. 

Portugal details switchover plans

Portuguese authorities have confirmed 26 April 2012 as the date by which digital switchover in the country must be complete.  Local communications regulator Anacom will now publish a detailed plan for the implementation of switchover. A group, headed by an Anacom representative, will monitor the process and coordinate the efforts parties involved in the process.

Kabel BW posts strong quarterly results

German cable operator Kabel BW ended the first quarter of 2009 with 191,000 pay-TV customers, up 16% year-on-year. The operator reported 415,000 internet and telephony customers, 145,000 more that a year earlier. Revenues increased 17% to €116.8m and EBITDA reached €55.4m, up 43%. 

MTV’s mobile service in Malta is GO

The international division of Viacom-backed MTV has launched a mobile phone service in Malta. MTV Networks International has rolled out the service in association with local telco GO. MTV is providing exclusive clips and content as well as live TV on appropriate handsets. The subscription service involves customers pre-paying or purchasing an MTV Mobile SIM […]

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 […]