More mergers likely in French TV market

More mergers and acquisitions are likely in the French TV market, according to the president of the country’s audiovisual council. Following TF1’s recent acquisition of channels TMC and NT1, Michel Boyon told press that that there would be more consolidation in the TV industry. He also said ISPs, including Orange, should be allowed to have […]

RCS & RDS to launch new sports channel

Romanian pay-TV operator RCS & RDS will launch a new sports channel next week – Digi Sport. The 24-hour channel will include exclusive coverage of various sports including football, motor sports, handball, basketball and tennis. It will be available without any additional fees to RCS & RDS’s TV subscribers from July 23.

Worldwide closes in on Channel 4 deal as revenues top £1bn

BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 are weeks away from sealing a deal that would see the two assets folded into a new joint venture company. The commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC and the commercial free-to-air channel have been locked in talks for some time and Worldwide chief John Smith said that negotiations […]

Virgin celebrates network upgrade

UK cable operator Virgin Media will complete an upgrade to its network this month that will see network capacity tripled and broadband speeds of up to 50Mbps become available. To mark the occasion, the operator has announced a new pricing structure for the service. From September 1, Virgin Media will reduce the monthly cost […]

ESOA appoints Bausch as chairman

The board of the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) has elected Romain Bausch, CEO and chairman of SES, as chairman. Bausch, who joined SES in 1995, will succeed Giuliano Berretta, CEO of Eutelsat. Christodoulos Protopapas, CEO of HellasSat was elected vice-chairman of the board. ESOA aims to identify issues relevant to EU policy objectives, […]

Aster launches student offer

Polish cable operator Aster has launched a package designed for students. Customers choosing the Student Aster package can sign a short-term contract for any combination of Aster services. Customers can sign up for the offer until October 31 this year and it will run until the end of June 2010.

Magyar Telekom to launch own channels

Hungarian telco and cable operator Magyar Telekom is to launch two new channels later this year. It will launch a weather channel and a channel focused on healthy lifestyles, marking the first time the operator has launched its own branded channels. The channels will be available on both its digital and analogue cable TV services.

BT Vision launches dating service

UK IPTV service BT Vision has launched a dating service via TV sets. BT has teamed with matchmaking service to offer a dating service to its subscribers. Available via channel 955, users can register for free and search’s database of members. The first seven days of use are free.

KyLinTV to offer Chinese TV in Europe

KyLinTV, the Chinese IPTV platform, has partnered with Phoenix China News and Entertainment (Phoenix CNE) to deliver a range of Chinese TV channels to the European market. KyLinTV Europe will offer over 20 Chinese TV channels from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, including Phoenix CNE, Phoenix InfoNews, CCTV-9, MASTV and Sun TV. Based […]

SBB takes extra Eutelsat capacity

Serbia Broadband (SBB) has signed a deal with satellite operator Eutelsat for an additional two transponders from its 16º East orbital position. SBB will use the extra capacity to expand its DTH platform Total TV. The operator plans to launch several new channels, including Cinemax 2, MGM, Discovery ID, Disney and two new channels from […]