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Stream-TV launches internet in Tver and Kaluga

Russian service provider Stream-TV, owned by Comstar-UTS, has launched broadband internet services in the cities of Tver and Kaluga in the country’s Central Federal District. Stream-TV has deployed fibre-to-the-building networks in Tver and Kaluga, with internet services being delivered to end users via Ethernet and TV services via existing in-building coax. Stream-TV will initially deliver […]

KidsCo cuts Greek IPTV deal


Kids channel KidsCo has inked a Greek carriage deal. The NBC, Corus and Cookie Jar-backed channel has inked a deal with Greek broadcaster OTE and will be carried on its IPTV service, conn-x, from the start of June.

BSkyB strikes Xbox partnership with Microsoft

UK pay-TV provider BSkyB is to make its Sky Player online TV service available to Xbox game console users in the UK and Ireland from the autumn. The deal with Microsoft means that Xbox owners will be able to access pay-TV content via their entertainment consoles for the first time. Customers who join Sky through […]

Nat Geo HD, Wild on German pay-TV

Fox International Channels is launching its factual offerings Nat Geo Wild and National Geographic HD on German pay-TV platform Premiere (soon to be rebranded Sky Deutschland). The channels will launch next month in the Sky Welt package.

Numericable offers low-cost triple-play for HLM residents

French cable operator Numericable is to make a low-cost triple-play service available to tenants of so-called Habitation à Loyer Modéré (HLM) low-cost rent-controlled housing. For €4 a month, HLM tenants will gain access to 2Mbps internet access, digital-terrestrial standard and HDTV channels, 40 international channels, 30 radio stations and a fixed phone line to receive […]

Numericable’s Gerolami quits

Olivier Gerolami, director-general of Ypso France, the parent company of cable operator Numericable, has left the group, according to French press reports. Gerolami has not yet been replaced, according to the reports.

Stream adds three channels

Russian pay-TV service Stream TV, owned by Comstar-UTS, has added three new channels to its line up. Following customer feedback and a trial period, Stream TV has added Sony Entertainment Television (SET), health and wellbeing channel Live! and factual channel Expert TV on a permanent basis. 

Sky Deutschland set for July 4 launch

German pay-TV operator Premiere will officially relaunch as Sky Deutschland on July 4 with four packages and six HD channels available to subscribers. Sky Welt, a general entertainment package, will offer 20 channels including Sky Krimi, Fox and TNT Serie. Documentary channels Motorvision TV, Spiegel Geschichte, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Wild […]

Spanish telco regulator rejects TV tax plan

Spain’s telecoms regulator the CMT is against levying a tax on telcos to make up the funding shortfall created by the phasing out of advertising on public broadcaster TVE. The Spanish government had suggested a 0.9% tax on telco’s earnings could help plug the gap as advertising is reduced and ultimately eliminated on TVE’s channels. […]

TF1 closes in on €192m deal for AB channels

TF1, France’s largest commercial broadcaster, is close to taking full control of the TMC channel and a significant stake in NT1. Both channels are carried on France’s TNT DTT service and the deal outlined would see TF1 acquire the stakes from Groupe AB for €192 million. TF1 confirmed it is in exclusive talks with Groupe […]