Hispasat reports full year profit rise

Spanish satellite operator Hispasat increased its net profits by 31% to €47m for the full year to the end of 2008. The operator reported total revenue of €137.5m, up 7.1% year-on-year. Clients based in Europe and North Africa accounted for 68.5% of revenues, while those in America represented 31.5%. EBITDA for the year was up […]

Over half of UK broadband users unhappy with speed

Only 52% of UK broadband users are happy with the speed of their service, according to research by online price comparison website The standard advertised speed for broadband in the UK is 8Mbps but the actual speed received is just 4.2Mbps. Only 3% of users who sign up for 8Mbps services receive that speed. […]

New investor could save Setanta

A last-minute investment by an unnamed international backer could save sports broadcaster Setanta Sports from entering administration. According to various reports, the group’s founders Michael O’Rourke and Leonard Ryan will make an offer for a majority stake in the business. The offer will be backed by the international group and is likely to involve an […]

TF1 secures Groupe AB DTT deal

French broadcaster TF1 has agreed to buy digital assets from media company Groupe AB in a deal worth €192m. TF1 will buy all of NT1 and double its stake in TMC to 80%, subject to regulatory approval. Both TF1 and NT1 are free-to-air digital terrestrial channels. TF1 will also increase its stake in WB Television, […]

Unitymedia upgrades Sundern

German cable operator Unitymedia has completed the upgrade of its network in Sundern. Households in Sundern and parts of Meschede can now sign up to Unitymedia’s triple-play services.

ACT appoints new president

European broadcasting body the Association of Commercial Television (ACT) has appointed Philippe Delusinne, chief executive of RTL Belgium, as its new president. Delusinne replaces M6 boss Nicolas de Tavernost, who was president of the body for the past six years.

De Rosen to succeed Eutelsat’s Berretta

Satellite operator Eutelsat has appointed Michel de Rosen as deputy CEO. He will takeover CEO Giuliano Berretta’s position later this year. De Rosen will join Eutelsat on July 1, working closely with Berretta in advance of moving into the role of CEO after the general assembly of shareholders which will take place in November. From […]

Five gets HD capacity on DTT

UK commercial free-to-air broadcaster Five has been given the capacity to launch high definition programming on digital terrestrial TV. Communications regulator Ofcom has made a provisional decision to reserve DTT capacity for the RTL-backed broadcaster from 2010. The HD DTT licence will only be awarded however, if Five fulfils certain, unspecified, criteria relating to its […]

E-Vision launches C-Span

UAE-based cable operator E-Vision has launched a new channel offering coverage of US, Canadian and UK politics. C-Span offers live coverage of US House and Senate proceedings as well as coverage from the Canadian and UK parliaments. It also features analysis of major worldwide events. The channel is available to all E-Vision subscribers as part […]

Harmonic named “market leader”

Video equipment specialist Harmonic has been named the industry’s leading encoder company for 2008 by research firm In-Stat. Harmonic had a 28% market share in 2008, having shipped over 12,000 encoding channels to video service providers during the year.