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Poland’s N sees subs boost

Polish media company TVN’s pay TV platform ‘n’ has recorded a subscriber boost to 549,000, compared to 239,000 last year. However, the company, which also operates the country’s leading free-to-air commercial network, posted a first quarter net loss of PLN29 million (€6.5m) as a result of foreign exchange losses related to its European debt.

Eutelsat ups objective after strong third quarter

Satellite operator Eutelsat turned in revenues of €236.5m for its fiscal third quarter to March 31, up 5.6% on the same period last year. The company said its nine-months performance was ahead of target, and revised its full-year revenue objective to above €925m. Chairman and CEO Giuliano Berretta said that video services had been boosted […]

BT Vision boosts retail division

UK telco BT’s BT Vision hybrid IPTV service had 423,000 customers at the end of March. BT said the average number of customer views for the service in March was 30 per subscriber. BT delivers on-demand content over its IP network while broadcast content is delivered via the Freeview digital-terrestrial platform. BT Vision helped partially […]

Pro7 posts loss, defies expectations

German broadcast ProSiebenSat.1 posted a net loss of €1.7m, but beat analysts expectations as a series of cost cutting measures introduced last year started to take shape. The company, which also operates channels across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, posted a 14% fall in revenues to €627m, compared to €729m last year. However, a series of […]

Norway launches mobile TV with Korean technology

Norwegian mobile TV operator Norway Mobile TV (NMTV) is set to launch a trial mobile TV service later this month after striking a deal with the Korea Communications Company to use its technology.  The service, which is operated by NRK and a raft of commercial broadcasters, will use Korean terrestrial DMB technology to launch in […]

Premiere loses customers in first quarter

German pay-TV operator Premiere lost a further 28,000 direct customers in the first quarter, leaving it with 2.371 million subscribers. The biggest losses were among customer taking the Flex offer, which Premiere is phasing out. Revenues for the quarter amounted to €232.7m, flat year-on-year on a comparable basis. EBITDA was negative €29.8m, down from […]

Russia to wait for set-top penetration before switchover

Russia will wait until 95% of households own a digital TV set-top box before switching off analogue signals, according to the Minister of Mass Communications Igor Shchegolev. He said the state would not subsidise the cost of digital set-top boxes, adding that about 10% of homes currently own one. However, he said the government […]

Free adds home media functionality

French service provider Free has added home-networking functionality to its Freebox HD offer to enable subscribers to view photos and their own video content stored on a PC on their TVs via a UPnP connection. Free’s Multi TV subscribers will also be able to view content stored on their computers on a second TV […]

Eutelsat chooses Astrium for Atlantic Bird 7

Satellite operator Eutelsat has chosen Astrium to deliver a new satellite, Atlantic Bird 7, to deliver services from the 7° West position from the fourth quarter of 2011, increasing its Ku-band capacity at the position from 26 transponders to up to 50. Eutelsat collaborates with Egypt-based operator Nilesat at the 7° West position to deliver […]

UPC extends digital TV to new towns

Cable operator UPC Netherlands is to launch digital TV in the municipalities of Maasdriel, Neerrijnen, West Maas and Waal en Zaltbommel. The inhabitants of these towns will be able to access UPC’s digital package from June.