UPC Netherlands extends digital TV service

Cable operator UPC Netherlands will begin offering digital TV services in the town Of Overbetuwe and Geldermalsen from mid-July. Subscribers will be able to sign up for the operator’s standard Riant package of 80 channels, which can be extended to include Film1, Sport1, eight HD channels, and national football coverage from Eredivisie Live. 

Canal Plus channels available on Netbox

French pay-TV provider Canal Plus has signed a deal with consumer electronics supplier Netgem to make its channels available on its hybrid Netbox set-tops. Subscribers to Netgem’s Video Futur service (commercialised via the DVD rental chain of the same name) or Le Pack TV FNAC, the hybrid digital-terrestrial/IPTV pay-TV service it developed in partnership with […]

CTC Media chief quits

Alexander Rodnyansky has stepped down as president of Russian media company CTC Media. Rodnyansky, who will leave at the start of August, will continue to sit on the board of directors. This follows the announcement that Rodnyansky is planning to launch his own film studio AR Films. He was previously responsible for the production of […]

Virgin Media broadcasts first TV ad for mobile

UK service provider Virgin Media is to run the first TV ad campaign for its mobile product since the company was formed in 2007. The ad, created by Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R and featuring music from ‘90s alternative rock band Mazzy Star, will run for five weeks from June 24. 

CSA to consult on vacant DTT frequencies

French media regulator the CSA is to launch a public consultation on the future use of the two digital-terrestrial TV frequencies relinquished by former pay-TV services AB1 and Canal J, according to a report in La Tribune newspaper. According to the newspaper, the CSA will consult on whether the vacant channels should be used for […]

Kaonmedia licenses ANT Galio Client

Set-top manufacturer Kaonmedia has licensed software specialist ANT’s Galio Client for its latest range of boxes. The agreement will enable Kaonmedia to develop interactive multimedia services based on the platform. The new range of set-top boxes will be targeted at the retail and operator markets and is due to launch in the fourth quarter of […]

Swisscom expands IPTV offering

Swiss telco Swisscom is to expand the range of sports programmes and channels available on its Bluewin TV service. From July 1, Bluewin subscribers will be able to view football from the English Premiere League, Spain’s La Liga, Portugal’s Liga Sagres and France’s Ligue 1 live as a pay-per-view service on Teleclub Sport. Subscribers will […]

Multimedia Polska reaches 100,000 digital TV subs

Polish service provider Multimedia Polska’s hybrid digital cable and IPTV service has reached 100,000 subscribers, according to conditional access provider Latens, which provides the technology to secure Multimedia Polska’s services. Multimedia Polska provides cable TV, including video-on-demand and HDTV, voice and broadband services over cable and IP networks, using Latens software-based conditional access, ADB hybrid […]

ARCEP sets out conditions for FTTH

French telecom regulator ARCEP has said it will allow both so-called single and multiple fibre technologies to connect end users to FTTH networks. ARCEP has mandated that service providers should share the in-building infrastructure that connects end users to the network, a process described as ‘mutualisation’. However, France Télécom has proposed the use of a […]

Vox to launch VOD service

German cable channel Vox, which is owned by RTL Group, is launching its own online video-on-demand service. The platform will run independently of its parent company, which previously aired Vox programming across its online service. The portal, which will be known as Vox Now, will launch at the start of July and will include programming […]