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AirTies teams up with Divitel

Turkish home-networking and set-top box specialist AirTies has formed a partnership with Dutch digital video specialist Divitel to provide its core IP set-top box platform to Divitel’s customer base across Europe. Divitel will also support AirTies’ expansion into the IPTV market in western Europe. Divitel will deploy AirTies’ Air 7120 high-end HD set-top, which includes […]

Adtec to provide equipment to Elber

Italian-based microwave link provider Elber has formed a partnership with TV technology supplier Adtec Digital to use its encoders to provide fixed and mobile broadcasting links internationally over DVB-T, IP and DVB-S networks. Elber uses Adtec Digital’s encoders, the edje5110-RM for standard definition and mediaHUB-HD Pro for high definition, along with Adtec’s DTA3050-ASI multiplexer to […]

Sky Deutschland launches HD promo campaign

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has launched a roadshow to promote its HDTV services. The operator will take a mobile showroom around selected cities and will offer subscriptions to the service for €16.90 a month for the first two months. After touring all German federal states, the tour will end on October 9 in the […]

Canal Plus expected to keep exclusive TF1 channels

French satellite pay-TV operator Canal Plus is expected to keep the exclusive rights to air French commercial broadcaster TF1’s thematic channels for another two years, according to local press. Currently, channels LCI, Eurosport, TV Breizh, Ushuaia TV and Histoire are available through the CanalSat platform. Rival operators, including Free and Orange, have until Friday to […]

Mediapro eyes alternative deals

Spanish media company Mediapro is eyeing partnerships with rival companies after its talks with media group Prisa failed. The two companies had been in talks over a merger but the move fell apart after Prisa demanded majority control, according to Mediapro chairman Jaume Roures. However, he told local press that he would consider other similar […]

French DTT pay-TV not profitable in short term

French audiovisual regulator the CSA believes that the country’s digital-terrestrial pay-TV services will not be profitable in the short and medium term. The news comes as Lagardère-owned kids channel Canal J is embroiled in a dispute with TV Numeric, one of the country’s pay-DTT operators. Canal J handed back its DTT licence in April as […]

BSkyB attacks Canvas consultation

UK pay-TV provider BSkyB has attacked the BBC Trust’s handling of the consultation process for the BBC’s plans for Project Canvas, the proposed free-to-air on-demand service to complement digital-terrestrial platform Freeview and free-to-air satellite platform Freesat. Sky has written to the BBC Trust, the public broadcaster’s governing body, accusing it of granting insufficient time to […]

RGB signs reseller agreement with SeaChange

Video network processing specialist RGB Networks has signed a reseller agreement with video-on-demand specialist SeaChange International for digital advertising solutions. The agreement will see SeaChange reselling RGB’s digital ad insertion products, including its broadcast network processor and modular video processor. SeaChange will market the products alongside its Spot automated advertising system.

BBC Prime to become BBC Entertainment

BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, will rebrand its BBC Prime channel to BBC Entertainment later this year. From November, the general entertainment channel will be renamed BBC Entertainment across Europe and the Middle East. As well as the name change, BBC Worldwide will double the number of hours of fresh programming on the […]

BBC Worldwide names talent chief

BBC Worldwide has named William Miller to the new position of director of talent and brand ventures, responsible for developing opportunities with onscreen talent through the company’s international networks of businesses and partnerships. Miller previously ran retail brand and talent consultancy Miller Sacher.