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Cablecom names Tveter as managing director

Swiss cable operator Cablecom, owned by Liberty Global, has named former Telewest president Eric Tveter as its new managing director. Tveter, who has also held management positions at Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Cablevision in the US, is currently a non-executive board member of Open TV. 

S4C chooses Ensequence for interactivity

Interactive TV specialist Ensequence has been chosen by Welsh broadcaster S4C to create and deploy interactive services on the Freeview DTT and BSkyB DTH platforms. Ensequence has chosen MHEG presenter technology from Strategy & Technology to support the deployment, which feature interactive information including national and regional news, weather reports, TV listings and sports scores […]

UPC Nederland grows digital footprint

Dutch cable operator UPC Nederlands has expanded digital TV services to the Maasdriel, Neerrijnen, West Maas and Waal en Zaltbommel regions. From early June, residents in these regions will be to receive the basic UPC Digitale TV Riant package of 80 digital channels. They will also have the option to add sports, film and high-definition […]

OneVision takes Irish DTT contract

The OneVision consortium, comprising of broadcasters TV3, and Setanta along with telco Eircom, has been granted the contract to operate the commercial arm of Ireland’s DTT service. Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has awarded the contract to operate three commercial multiplexes to OneVision, with detailed terms still to be negotiated. OneVision was the runner-up when Boxer […]

Mobile TV launches in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistani mobile operator MTS Uzbekistan has launched a mobile TV service, according to local reports. Following a technical trial that began in March, the operator has commercially launched the mobile TV service, which consists of two channels – O’zbekiston and TV Markaz. Users are charges US$0.10 (€0.07) per minute.

History expands in Czech, Slovakia



The History Channel has expanded its presence in the Czech Republic and Slovakia after its parent company AETN signed a carriage deal with satellite pay-TV operator Skylink. The History Channel HD will also launch via the service later this month. The History Channel airs across the region in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and […]

BSkyB slams Project Canvas

UK satellite pay-TV operator BSkyB has slammed Project Canvas – the joint venture internet-to-TV catch-up service operated by the BBC, ITV and telco BT – as part of its submission to the consultation process. The pay broadcaster has submitted its consultation document to the BBC Trust and complains that there is “insufficient justification” for the […]

Three in line for VMtv

UK cable operator Virgin Media has drawn up a shortlist of three potential buyers for its VMtv content arm, according to the Times newspaper. The UK’s Channel 4 and BSkyB, along with Time Warner, made it through to the second round of the auction for VMtv, which includes the Bravo and Living channels. Virgin Media […]

ODG renews Virgin Media’s on-demand contract

SeaChange International-owned On Demand Group (ODG) has signed a new four-year contract to provide content management services for UK cable operator Virgin Media’s on-demand service. ODG has been providing content management services, including rights management, editorial service management, promo production and content operations including encoding, metadata generation and content preparation, for Virgin Media’s on-demand service […]

Al Jazeera launches text service in Africa

Arabic news broadcaster Al Jazeera has launched an SMS service in partnership with Strike Media in South Africa and Africell in Sierra Leone. The new service allows users to receive breaking news, politics, sports and economic stories on their mobile devices. Al Jazeera and Strike Media are offering a two-week free trial of the service […]