Arabsat launches promotional channel

Satellite operator Arabsat is to launch a promotional channel today, with the aim of informing Arabsat viewers about the latest services transmitted from the platform as well as providing details of changes to frequencies and so on. Arabsat president and CEO Khalid Balkheyour said the channel would also give Arabsat’s customers the chance to introduce […]

TivùSat details revealed: ‘no intention’ to offer pay-TV

The line-up of Italy’s free-to-air satellite platform TivùSat was announced yesterday, prior to the platform’s official launch on July 31. TivùSat, jointly owned by public broadcaster Rai, commercial broadcaster Mediaset (with 48.25% each) and Telecom Italia Media (with 3.5%), provides access to Rai’s three main channels and commercial channels Canal 5, Italia 1, Rete 4 […]

Mixed results for Telenor Broadcast

Telenor Broadcast-owned Canal Digital lost 17,000 DTH satellite viewers in the second quarter, taking its total to 1.079 million. Cable TV subscribers fell by 7,000 taking the total to 732,000. However cable broadband subscribers grew by 12,000 to 216,000. Canal Digital contributed revenues of NOK1.637bn (€183m) for the quarter, up slightly from NOK1.633bn for the […]

Avanti chooses Arianespace for Hylas launch

UK-based broadband satellite group Avanti Communications has chosen Arianespace to launch its Hylas satellite in the first half of next year. Hylas, which will be launched on either an Ariane 5 or Soyuz launcher from French Guiana, will be positioned at 33.5° West to deliver broadband services across Europe via Ka-band.

MTG performing well in tough conditions

Modern Times Group (MTG) CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht said the company is in very good shape to “navigate through a very tough environment”. Albrecht made the comment during a conference call announcing the company’s second quarter results, which saw sales up 8% year-on-year to SEK3.6bn (€334m). The company’s Viasat Broadcasting arm contributed SEK2.8bn, also up 8% […]

Baltkom to continue broadcasting TV3

Latvian cable operator Baltkom has said it does not intend to discontinue broadcasting Modern Times Group-owned commercial channel TV3 despite the channel’s unwillingness to waive financial claims for transmission fees. Baltkom and other Latvian cable providers have been involved in a long-running dispute with country’s most widely-viewed channel,  and stopped transmitting it for a brief […]

Virgin Media closes bond offering

UK cable operator Virgin Media has closed US$600m (€422m) of senior notes due in 2016. Net proceeds from the offering after account fees and expenses are expected to be in the region of £359.8m (€416m). The company plans to use the money to pre-pay a portion of the outstanding loans under its senior credit facilities. 

Dabski says TV Puls deal within weeks

Polish broadcaster TV Puls is talking to six potential suitors and expects to conclude a deal within weeks, CEO Dariusz Dabski has told local press. The Polish free-to-air broadcaster was previously owned by News Corp. which sold its stake late last year. Several local companies including telco TPSA have been linked with Puls since News’ […]

Teleste posts second-quarter figures

Finland-based cable technology specialist Teleste has reported second-quarter revenues of €30.6m, up from €29.3m for the same period last year. Operating profit was €0.4m, down from €1.7m last year, but an improvement on the first quarter. Teleste said that it had suffered year-on-year from decreased deliveries in the broadband cable networks business, but improvements had […]

Rai launches online version of tourism channel

Italian public broadcaster Rai has launched an online version of tourism channel Yes Italia. The channel is intended to promote and boost tourism in Italy. Yes Italia was launched in June as the first international channel to be produced and distributed by NewCo Rai International, the public broadcaster’s new commercial arm. The channel will be […]