Canal Plus faces churn reduction

French pay-TV operator Canal Plus CEO Bertrand Meheut has reported a slight growth in churn but said the company has not begun to feel the effects of the current global financial situation. Meheut made the comments during an interview with a French radio station, adding that the country’s planned additional tax on private broadcasters was […]

SES weathers economic storm

Satellite operator SES says it is well-placed to weather the current economic storm and has maintained its financial guidance for the rest of the year. The operator reported recurring revenue of EUR1.186bn for the nine months to September 30, up 7.1 per cent on the previous year. Reported revenue was down slightly from EUR1.196bn to […]

Private signs IPTV deal with Virginmega

Adult video distributor Private Media Group has signed a content deal with French internet portal and its IPTV operator partner.  While Private didn’t reveal the identity of the operator, it said its content is now available in 18 European counties via 35 IPTV operators with a combined subscriber base of 7.3 million.

Humax to launch first Freesat Plus device

UK free-to-air digital satellite BBC and ITV joint venture Freesat’s DVR service, Freesat Plus, will launch in November with the commercialisation of the Foxsat-HDR set-top box from Humax. The twin-tuner device will be equipped with a 320GB hard drive that can store up to 80 hours of HD or 200 hours of SD programming. The […]

ITN Source launches digital production service

ITN Source, the video content arm of news organization ITN, has announced the creation of a digital production business called Diagonal View. Diagonal View, a joint venture with digital entrepreneur Matt Heiman, packages quirky and obscure content from ITN Source’s archive and syndicates it to a range of commercial partners including MySpace, YouTube and […]

Ono to lay-off staff as economy deteriorates

The management of Spanish cable provider Ono has presented a plan to position the company to weather deteriorating economic conditions to trade union representatives that could involve making up to 1,300 staff redundant. Ono currently employs about 4,300 people. Ono’s plans also call for a reduction in its prices to meet the challenge of falling […]

Volia could stop broadcasting Russian channels in legislation row

Ukrainian cable operator Volia is planning to stop broadcasting some Russian TV channels from November in response to instructions from the country’s National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council, according to local reports. The National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council has asked operators to stop broadcasting foreign TV channels that do not comply with Ukrainian legislation. […]

PT chooses Envivio for mobile TV encoding

Video technology specialist Envivio has announced that Portuguese telco Portugal Telecom has selected its Mobile Series encoding platform to upgrade and expand its mobile TV offering Meo Mobile. Meo Mobile has been in operation since 2006 and now includes 37 channels as well as video-on-demand content. Envivio said the channels are encoded into multi-profile streams […]

News Corp could be sizing-up French pay-TV market

News Corp is interested in investing in France’s pay-TV market, according to a report in French newspaper La Tribune. According to the newspaper, News Corp’s chairman and CEO, Europe and Asia, James Murdoch has commissioned a French investment bank to study the country’s pay-TV market. Murdoch is believed to have met with potential in the […]

Telenor to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2016

Nordic telecommunications company Telenor has revealed its commitment to reduce the carbon intensity of its global operations by 40 per cent by 2016. Telenor said the 40 per cent reduction would be compared to 2007 levels and that this would be achieved through investments in network upgrades, renewable energy, increased IT and buildings energy efficiency […]