GlobeCast to deliver 3D opera

Broadcast services provider GlobeCast is to deliver a live 3D HD feed of a performance of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni from the Rennes Opera house in Brittany via satellite to cinemas in Paris and elsewhere in France tomorrow night. The transmission, in collaboration with Orange Labs, involves combining two video signals in one feed with […]

Canal Plus Polska launches new ad campaign

Pay-TV service Canal Plus Polska has launched a new advertising campaign to highlight its film offers. The campaign, based on the slogan “Gdzie sa Emocje?” (“Where are the emotions?”), will take the form of a series of 30-secoind TV spots aired on TVP1, TVP2, TVN, TVN7, TVN24, TV4, Filmbox, Comedy Central, AXN, FOXlife, Hallmark, National […]

Virgin Media to expand high street presence

UK cable operator Virgin Media has announced plans to triple the number of stores it operates in the next 12 months. The operator will open two new stores in London in the coming months and will eventually operate over 70. It has already opened new stores in Birmingham, Plymouth, Bromley, Leeds and Leicester this year, […]

SES places €650m bond

Satellite operator SES has placed a €650m five-year bond, which was issued by SES Global Americas Holdings. It is the company’s first benchmark Euro bond since October 2006 when it placed €500m of seven-year bonds, along with a €300m three-year Floating Rate Note.

Solid operating performance boosts European MSOs

The European cable sector is broadly in good health despite the economic downturn, according to Moody’s. The credit ratings agency notes that it is telephony and internet services, not TV, that are driving growth. Many of Europe’s cablers are also focusing on driving down debt over the next 12 to 18 months so that they […]

YouSee buys A+

Danish cable operator YouSee has acquired national fibre and community antenna-based network operator A+. The company, with 62,000 subscribers, is the third-largest distributor of TV and broadband services in Denmark after YouSee and fellow cable operator Stofa. It was previously owned by Nordica Capital Partners and LD-Invest Equity. Financial terms were not disclosed. 

BSkyB bids for Virgin Media channels

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB has offered to pay £160m (€183m) for cable operator Virgin Media’s portfolio of seven TV channels, according to a report in the Financial Times. The report cited sources participating in the auction as saying that Sky had outbid rivals by about 60%, leaving Virgin Media in the difficult position of being […]

Five and Sky One fail to meet European content quota

UK commercial channel Five and pay-TV channel Sky One failed to meet the European Union’s requirement that a minimum 50% of content should be of European origin in 2007. According to a European Commission study, European works represent more than 85% of peak viewing time for TV channels in the UK, driven by an increase […]

ANGA Cable records 13% rise in visitors

The ANGA Cable trade fair in Cologne this week saw visitor numbers rise by 13% year-on-year to 13,600. The number of exhibitors at the show grew from 369 to 380. The next ANGA Cable show will take place in Cologne from May 4-6 2010.

Baltkom launches new movie channel

Latvian cable operator Baltkom has launched a new movie channel. Silver Baltic, supplied by Nonstop Television, will offer high-quality international festival circuit films on a 24-hour advertising-free channel. Films to be shown include No Blood No Tears (Korea), Triangle (Hong Kong), Qui de Nous Deux (France), The Mighty Celt (UK) and Toi et Moi (France).