Numericable offers low-cost triple-play for HLM residents

French cable operator Numericable is to make a low-cost triple-play service available to tenants of so-called Habitation à Loyer Modéré (HLM) low-cost rent-controlled housing. For €4 a month, HLM tenants will gain access to 2Mbps internet access, digital-terrestrial standard and HDTV channels, 40 international channels, 30 radio stations and a fixed phone line to receive […]

Numericable’s Gerolami quits

Olivier Gerolami, director-general of Ypso France, the parent company of cable operator Numericable, has left the group, according to French press reports. Gerolami has not yet been replaced, according to the reports.

Stream adds three channels

Russian pay-TV service Stream TV, owned by Comstar-UTS, has added three new channels to its line up. Following customer feedback and a trial period, Stream TV has added Sony Entertainment Television (SET), health and wellbeing channel Live! and factual channel Expert TV on a permanent basis. 

Sky Deutschland set for July 4 launch

German pay-TV operator Premiere will officially relaunch as Sky Deutschland on July 4 with four packages and six HD channels available to subscribers. Sky Welt, a general entertainment package, will offer 20 channels including Sky Krimi, Fox and TNT Serie. Documentary channels Motorvision TV, Spiegel Geschichte, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Wild […]

Spanish telco regulator rejects TV tax plan

Spain’s telecoms regulator the CMT is against levying a tax on telcos to make up the funding shortfall created by the phasing out of advertising on public broadcaster TVE. The Spanish government had suggested a 0.9% tax on telco’s earnings could help plug the gap as advertising is reduced and ultimately eliminated on TVE’s channels. […]

TF1 closes in on €192m deal for AB channels

TF1, France’s largest commercial broadcaster, is close to taking full control of the TMC channel and a significant stake in NT1. Both channels are carried on France’s TNT DTT service and the deal outlined would see TF1 acquire the stakes from Groupe AB for €192 million. TF1 confirmed it is in exclusive talks with Groupe […]

Virgin Media to price US$650m offering of new debt

UK cable operator Virgin Media has announced plans to offer US$650m (€470m) aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due in 2016. Virgin Media said it intends to use the net proceeds from the notes offering to prepay a portion of its outstanding loans under its senior credit facilities.

Virgin Media selects Motorola’s broadband solution

UK cable operator Virgin Media has deployed Motorola’s CTMS solution. Motorola said that by deploying its DOCSIS 3.0 BSR 64000 integrated CMTS solution with TX32 decoupled downstream modules, Virgin Media would be able to deliver rich, personolised media services to its customers.

Unitymedia continues network upgrade

German cable operator Unitymedia has announced the successful upgrade of its network in Warendorf and Sassenberg. Households in the areas now have access to telephony, broadband and TV services via cable. As part of the modernisation work, Dutch channel TV Ned 2 and DMAX have been added to the channel line-up. Seperately, Unitymedia has announced […]

Italian telcos launch IPTV info site

Italian telcos Fastweb, Telecom Italia and Wind have jointly launched a new website for people looking for information on IPTV services. The three telcos formed the IPTV Association in January with the aim of increasing take-up of IPTV in Italy as the country starts its digital switchover programme. The website,, provides information about the […]