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Intelsat to launch new satellite

Satellite operator Intelsat has announced plans to launch a new satellite covering Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Intelsat 22 satellite is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2012 and will be positioned at 72° East over the Indian Ocean region. It will supply 48 C-band transponders for Africa and Asia […]

Fastweb adds subscribers

Italian ISP Fastweb added 60,000 net new subscribers during the first quarter of 2009, giving it a total of 1,542,300 at the end of March, up 11% year-on-year. Revenues for the quarter reached €444.3m, up 14% year-on-year. EBITDA was €121.5m, a rise of 8%.

Orange wins subscribers for premium TV service

France Télécom/Orange’s new premium Orange TV package in France had attracted 363,000 subscribers by the end of March, up from 130,000 at the end of December. Orange was forced to suspend marketing its premium sport service towards the end of March as a result of competition concerns. The company had signed up 2.5 million digital […]

Unitymedia chooses Empirix for VoIP monitoring

German cable operator Unitymedia has chosen technology provider Empirix’s Hammer XMS product to monitor its voice-over-IP network. The rollout of Hammer XMS at Unitymedia was managed by Telenet Kommunikationssysteme, Empirix’s distribution and integration partner for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Private Media names new CEO

Adult content provider Private Media Group has appointed Ilan Bunimovitz as its new CEO. Bunimovitz replaces Berth Milton, who will continue to serve as president and chairman of the board. Peter Cohen, Private’s chief operating officer, is leaving the company. Bunimovitz was previously executive vice-president of Private’s online media division following the acquisition of US-based […]

DMC appoints broadcast head

Chellomedia-owned broadcasting facility the Digital Media Centre has appointed Mike Severyn as head of broadcast operations. In his new role, Severyn will manage daily broadcast operations including playout, network operations centre and master control room. He previously held consulting roles on various technology projects.

NBCU appoints CEE director

NBC Universal Global Networks has appointed Kasia Jablonska to the role of commercial director, central and eastern Europe. Jablonska will play a key role in establishing and growing NBC Universal’s entertainment channels across central and eastern Europe, Turkey, Greece and the Middle East as well as enhancing NBC Universal Global Networks’ relationships with affiliate platforms […]

Volia launches English language teaching channel

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new English language teaching channel, English Club TV, on its digital tier. The channel will initially be broadcast on a trial basis. Volia Premium TV subscribers will need to update their programme guides to receive the service. 

UKTV goes Home

UK channel provider UKTV, owned by Virgin Media and BBC Worldwide, has launched the latest in its series of rebranded channels, Home, focusing on homes and lifestyle. The channel, available on cable operator Virgin Media, BSkyB’s digital satellite platform and digital terrestrial pay-TV service Top Up TV, occupies the slot formerly taken by UKTV Style.

TVI maintains rating lead but sees ad revs tumble



Prisa-owned Portuguese broadcast group Media Capital says that its TV advertising revenues declined 17% in the first quarter of this year. Across its TV business, the company, which runs the free-to-air commercial broadcaster TVI, recorded revenues of €33.9m in the first three months of the year, a 9% decrease year-on-year. EBITDA profit was down 52% […]