Setanta offered EPL payment reprieve

Sports broadcaster Setanta Sports has had the deadline for a £35m (€39m) payment to the English Premier League (EPL) extended, giving the troubled broadcaster a financial reprieve. The company has been battling to raise new funds and is also currently in the middle of a review of its business. It is reportedly in talks with […]

Discovery appoints communications chief

Factual broadcaster Discovery Communications has appointed Chance Patterson as vice-president of international communications, Discovery Networks International. Patterson will be responsible for the development and implementation of all communications strategies for Discovery Networks International. He will oversee internal and external communications across the division, coordinating closely with the company’s regional operations in Europe, the Middle East, […]

Blinkx and Miniweb sign video pact

Online video search service Blinkx has signed deal with interactive TV specialist Miniweb that will enable TV viewers to search for broadcast and internet video from multiple sources using Blinkx’s index of 35 million hours of content. Miniweb, a specialist in providing interactive internet content to the TV, will use Blinkx’s software for video search, […]

CNBC launches text alert service

News broadcaster CNBC has launched an SMS alert service in the UK to provide European stock market updates and financial news summaries. The service allows subscribers to receive up to three text messages on their mobile devices each weekday. Each alert costs 25p.

Fire damages Stream cable

Comstar-owned Russian triple-play provider Stream TV has announced that a fire in the Solntsev and Novoperedelkino areas of Moscow has damaged its fibre-optic cabling. The company said tens of metres of cabling has been destroyed, leaving 80,000 customers without services. 

MGM signs Middle East deal

MGM Worldwide Television, a division of Hollywood studio MGM, has signed its first pan-Middle Eastern pay-TV and VOD agreement with Showtime Arabia. The licensing agreement marks MGM’s first VOD offer for the region and means Showtime Arabia subscribers in the Middle East and North Africa will have access to MGM’s film library. Under the terms […]

Ono opens new store

Spanish cable operator Ono has opened its new store in Logrono. The operator will use it to promote and sell triple-play service to visitors. Ono has now opened over 100 stores in Spain. 

Carphone Warehouse to acquire Tiscali

Mobile phone retailer and ISP Carphone Warehouse has agreed to acquire the UK assets of Italian ISP Tiscali, which will see it becoming the UK’s second-biggest broadband provider. Carphone Warehouse has agreed to buy Tiscali’s UK business for £236m (€263m) in cash in a deal expected to complete in June. The deal is worth much […]

Unitymedia to upgrade network in Warendorf and Sassenberg

German cable operator Unitymedia has announced plans to upgrade its network in Warendorf and Sassenberg which will make triple-play services available in those regions. The upgrade of the cable network will begin today and be completed by May 29, after which time 14,000 households will be able to receive broadband, telephony and digital TV services […]

BBC launches CBeebies iPlayer

UK public broadcaster the BBC has launched a pre-school version of its online catch-up service iPlayer. CBeebies iPlayer offers children aged six years and under the chance to watch a range of programming including Timmy Time, Charlie and Lola and Kerwizz. Most programmes are available to view for a week after broadcast with some available […]