Virgin Media’s CFO resigns

UK cable operator Virgin Media’s chief financial officer Jerry Elliot has resigned from the company. While the operator find a replacement for Elliot, who joined in January, treasurer Rick Martin will lead the company’s capital markets and treasury functions, while the operator’s controller Robert Gale will act as principal financial officer for purposes of financial […]

Sistema appoints telecommunications and media chief

Russian MSO Sistema has appointed Ron Sommer to lead the company’s telecommunications and media business. Sommer becomes vice-president of Sistema and head of its telecommunications and media business, which includes triple-play operator Comstar and mobile operator MTS. In 2005, Sommer  was elected to Sistema’s board of directors as an independent director.

Lithuania’s Teo adds HD channels to IPTV service

Lithuanian telco Teo LT has added three HDTV channels to its Gala TV service. The service’s basic package now includes Discovery HD, National Geographic HD and Rush HD from Voom Networks. The HD channels are currently available to Gala TV subscribers that receive services via FTTH or LAN networks. Gala TV currently has about 45,000 […]

UPC Slovakia launches flat rate offers

Cable operator UPC Slovakia has launched new flat rate telephony packages. Freetime EU costs €8 per month and offers 300 minutes of calls to 20 countries within the EU. It also includes unlimited calls to phone lines in the UPC network, as well as unlimited local and long distance calls to all fixed networks in […]

Zappware delivers designer portal to Telenet

Interactive TV specialist Zappware has launched an interactive portal for designer brands on Belgian pay-TV platform Telenet. Based on Zappware’s iCatalogue service, ICONTV is an interactive catalogue that uses video, images and text to promote designer products and services. 

Unitymedia upgrades more towns

German cable operator Unitymedia is upgrading its network in the towns of Warstein, Rüthen and Umgebung and will begin offering triple-play services in these areas at the end of May. The upgrade covers about 9,300 additional households. Unitymedia has committed itself to bringing broadband services to rural areas in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse. 

UPC Netherlands launches triple-play in more towns

Cable operator UPC Netherlands is introducing broadband internet and telephony in the municipalities of Zaltbommel, Maasdriel and West Maas & Waal. The launch of the new services follows the launch of digital TV in the municipalities. UPC Netherlands currently has 670,500 digital TV, 690,000 broadband and 590,000 telephony customers. 

Vivendi decides against Digital Plus bid

French media group Vivendi has decided against submitting an offer for Prisa-owned pay-TV platform Digital Plus. Spanish daily Expansion, quoting Vivendi’s CEO Jean-Bernard Levy, said the company would only renew its interest in the operator if it became economically and strategically viable. 

Nat Geo launches on Premiere

National Geographic Channel has launched on German pay-TV operator Premiere’s Familie package. The deal between the Fox International Channels/National Geographic Television joint venture and Premiere will see programmes such as Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventure, Salvage Code Red, Inside Guantanamo and My Music Brain, a programme featuring insights from Grammy award-winning musician Sting, made available to […]

Shareholder group charges former Premiere chiefs with fraud

German shareholders interest group Schutzgemeinschaft der Kapitalanleger (SdK) has laid criminal charges at the door of pay-TV operator Premiere’s former CEOs Georg Kofler and Michael Börnicke in a Munich court, alleging investment fraud and insider trading, according to various press reports. The SdK has accused Kofler and Börnicke of providing false information about the number […]