One in ten consumers download video illegally

Nearly one in ten consumers across the UK, France, Germany and the US admit to downloading video content illegally, according to research group Futuresource’s Living With Digital: Consumer Insights into Entertainment Consumption report. The study found that 8% of people downloaded videos illegally. France came top, with 25% of respondents admitting to acquiring content illegally. […]

Canal Plus Polska acquires equestrian rights

Pay-TV provider Canal Plus Polska has acquired the rights to broadcast the FEI World Cup and Nations Cup equestrian events on Canal Plus Sport. Canal Plus Sport will show all Nations Cup events in 2009-10, starting with an event in Aachen in Germany on July 2. The 2009-10 World Cup coverage will begin with coverage […]

Canal Plus launching weekend-only pay TV package

French pay-TV operator Canal Plus is launching a weekend-only pay-TV service that will cost subscribers half of the amount levied for a standard monthly package. Canal Plus Week-end will launch this autumn and the Vivendi-backed pay-TV company will charge customers about €15. Exact pricing details have not been announced. A regular subscription costs €30-35 per […]

Romania begins switchover process

Romania’s government has given the Ministry of Communications permission to start the digital switchover process. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Communications said the country was currently technically able to deliver digital-terrestrial TV transmissions to 60% of the country and hoped to reach 80% by the end of the year. The government has mandated that […]

UPC to offer public broadcaster HD channels

Cable operator UPC Netherlands will add public broadcast channels Nederland 1, 2 and 3 in HD when the channels launch on July 4, taking its HD total to 11 channels. Fellow cable operator Ziggo has also announced that it will carry the channels. 

Premiere to launch €100m Sky promotional campaign

German pay-TV operator Premiere will spend €100m on advertising for its newly-branded Sky Deutschland service, according to local reports. The budget will be used to promote the service, which launches on July 4, across multiple media platforms, with €40m set aside for TV ads. CEO Mark Williams was quoted as saying that renaming the company […]

Teracom chooses Net Insight for media network

Swedish transmission services provider Teracom has chosen Net Insight’s Nimbra platform for the expansion of its media contribution network. In 2008, Teracom deployed a core network interconnecting its media contribution networks in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. Teracom is now expanding its media contribution network with an additional site in Copenhagen to cater for transport of […]

WISI acquires A2B Electronics

German cable technology specialist WISI has acquired Swedish headend specialist A2B Electronics. A2B is strong in the Scandinavian cable TV market, supplying equipment to all the major operators in the region. According to WISI, A2B will continue to operate as a separate entity within the WISI group of companies, with executive vice-president Olof Atterfors acting […]

Orange plans online TV site

Orange is reportedly planning to launch a new online video-on-demand site where it will make recent archive shows available. According to Variety, Orange in France plans to launch the new site, to be named Welles after Orson Welles, by the end of the year.   The paper cited Orange’s new venture subsidiary Orange Vallée chief […]

KT takes SES capacity for Africa and Middle East coverage

Korea Telecom (KT) has signed an agreement with satellite operator SES to take up to 9MHz of C-band capacity on the NSS-703 and NSS-12 satellites to enable its domestic customers to connect to Africa and the Middle East via a single hop. KT has deployed a 32-metre uplink antenna to access the satellites at its […]