History reaches Bulgaria

A localised version of History has launched in Bulgaria and History HD is set to follow. The standard definition version of History today launched on Eurocom Cable’s network, while History HD will be available on the platform during the third quarter. Both versions of the channel are also set to launch in Slovenia on Planet […]

Virgin Media to premier JPod on VOD service

Cable operator Virgin Media is to premier Canadian comedy drama JPod in the UK on its video-on-demand platform in HD. Virgin Media will make all 13 episodes of the series, adapted from the Douglas Coupland novel and distributed in the UK by Fireworks International, on its TV Choice service for two months from June […]

Croatia’s Iskon extends promo and plans to launch movie channel

Croatian ISP Iskon has extended its promotional offer of providing HBO’s premium service for only HRK1 (€0.13) for the first three months, and has announced plans to add a new locally produced movie channel, Cinestar TV, to its recently launched IPTV offer. Iskon will extend the HBO promotion until the end of June. The service […]

ITV mulls switch to pay-TV for digital channels

British commercial broadcaster ITV is considering turning its bouquet of digital channels from free-to-air to digital and has had initial exploratory talks with satellite pay-TV operator BSkyB, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper. The radical move would cut the broadcaster’s reliance on advertising revenues and move it towards a subscription model. 
The switch […]

Akado launches multiroom

Russian pay-TV platform Akado has launched a multiroom service for its digital TV customers. Subscribers to the service can connect an unlimited number of TVs at a cost of RUB100 (€2.30) for each additional connection. Customers will also need to buy new set-top boxes for each TV.

Poker Channel expands in Europe

The Poker Channel has announced distribution agreements in Germany, Portugal, Poland, Cyprus and Croatia. From June 1, The Poker Channel will be available via cable operators Cablenet in Cyprus, BNet in Croatia and UPC in Poland. It will also be carried by Eutelsat’s German headened-in-the-sky Kabelkiosk and on Portuguese IPTV service Clix. Following these agreements, […]

SkyVision leases W2A transponder

Global ISP SkyVision has signed a multi-year contract for capacity on Eutelsat’s W2A satellite for pan-African and Middle East connectivity. SkyVision will lease one transponder on the newly-launched W2A satellite, located at 10° East. The company provides services for global enterprises, NGOs and ISPs.

Mediaset aims to expand pay-TV presence

Italian broadcaster Mediaset is eyeing 15% of the local pay-TV market in the next five years. The Silvio Berlusconi-controlled broadcaster, which operates a number of free-to-air and pay-TV channels and services, is targeting the development to compete with News Corp-owned satellite pay-TV operator Sky Italia. Mediaset currently has around 3% of the country’s pay-TV revenues. […]

Newtec announces 50,000 broadband satellite shipments

Broadband satellite equipment supplier Newtec has said it has now shipped 50,000 of its Sat3Play broadband access terminals in Europe. SES Astra’s Astra2Connect broadband service is the major customer for Newtec’s terminals. 

CSA mulls deadline for mobile broadcast

French media regulator the CSA is considering setting a deadline for the submission of requests for licences from mobile broadcast channels, according to a report in the Les Echos newspaper. Potential providers of so-called TMP (personal mobile TV) services in France have had the relevant paperwork in their hands since mid-2008, but so far only […]