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Russia needs five more satellites for digital coverage

Russia will need to launch five more satellites to make digital TV available across the country, according to media and communications minister Igor Shchyogolev. Shchyogolev said one satellite was already under construction, while tenders had been held for a further two, according to local reports. Shchyogolev said it would cost about RUB120-127bn (€2.75-2.9bn) to roll […]

BBC to reveal executive pay

UK public broadcaster the BBC is to publish a breakdown of pay for the top 50 earners in BBC management and of executives with the greatest responsibility for spending public money and for overseeing the BBC’s services and operations. Revealing the new measures in a speech to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountability, […]

Mediapro eyes TVI stake

Spanish media company Mediapro is interested in acquiring the 30% stake in Portuguese media company Media Capital that Spanish rival Prisa recently put up for sale. This comes days after Portuguese telco Portugal Telecom also expressed an interest. 
 Mediapro, which operates free-to-air commercial broadcaster La Sexta as well as a production company and distribution […]

Akado adds radio services

Russian service provider Akado has added three new radio services to its web portal. Old Radio provides a mix of music and drama, literary readings and other archive material, while Old Radio Music will air material from a library of over 2,500 archive music recordings, and Old Radio Kids will broadcast educational material and children’s […]

PlayJam to be offered as Yahoo! TV Widget

Interactive TV games provider PlayJam has joined Yahoo! and Intel’s Widget architecture to develop services for internet-connected TVs. The PlayJam widget will provide fasters and simpler access to features such as accounts, leader boards, saved games and competition entry, according to the company. Internet-connected TV users will not be charged a connection fee, as is […]

CanalSat On Demand available on TV

French pay-TV provider CanalSat’s catch-up on-demand service has launched on TV, six months after its launch as an online service. CanalSat satellite subscribers with Dual S and Plus Le Cube boxes, and subscribers to CanalSat via Free’s IPTV service, will be able to access CanalSat On Demand via their TVs as a complement to the […]

ORT registers in Ukraine

Russian broadcast group ORT has become the first Russian broadcaster to register with Ukraine’s media regulator, the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting, according to Russian reports. ORT will represent Russia’s Channel One and related digital TV channels in Ukraine. In April, the regulator ordered all Ukrainian cable operators to remove unregistered Russian TV […]

BT Media & Broadcast teams up with CET Teleport

BT Media & Broadcast, the telco’s media services arm, has signed an agreement with Germany-based CET Teleport, to extend the reach of its Global Media Network. The deal will enable companies in central and eastern Europe, Russia and central and north-east Asia to deliver and exchange large-bandwidth content via BT’s network. CET Teleport has access […]

Canal Digitaal and Online.nl offer triple-play

Dutch DTH pay-TV provider Canal Digitaal has teamed up with ISP Online.nl, formerly Orange Netherlands, to launch a triple-play package. The pair are offering digital TV, 20Mbps internet access and fixed-line telephony from €44.95 a month. Subscribers receive their HD reception equipment for €49 instead of the normal €99, and pay no shipping and handling […]

Premiere hires film chief

German pay-TV operator Premiere (soon to be Sky Deutschland) has hired Marcus Ammon as vice-president of film, responsible for the movie channels in the Sky Film package and Sky Cinema HD. Ammon was previously managing director for the German speaking area for MGM Networks.