Broadband investment payback period grows longer

Further evidence that growth in the broadband market in western Europe is slowing down has arrived in the shape of a study by German research group Solon Management Consulting. According to Solon, 2008 will see a decline in new customer additions compared to the previous year. Moreover, continuing price falls have led to an […]

TeliaSonera grows IPTV customer base

Nordic telco TeliaSonera, which operates in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Latvia, had 839,000 TV customers at the end of September, including 450,000 IPTV customers. In Sweden, TeliaSonera had 320,000 IPTV customers, up 100,000 year-on-year, with about half being pay-TV subscribers. Overall, the company’s pay-TV base grew by 23,000 in the third quarter, although the […]

Flat-panel sales continue to grow

Sales of flat-panel TV screens are continuing to grow in western Europe and the US despite the economic downturn, according to research by Futuresource. In western Europe, the market for TV sets is expected to grow by six per cent this year, according to Futuresource. In the US, the flat-panel market is expected to reach […]

Sky rapped over Virgin ads

UK communications regulator Ofcom has criticised DTH operator BSkyB for airing a number of promotional campaigns last year that related to rival cable operator Virgin Media threatening to drop a number of Sky’s channels from its line-up. The regulator, which received a complaint from Virgin and a further 187 complaints from viewers, said that Sky […]

Universal launches TV on-demand on Top Up TV

Universal Pictures has announced the launch of a new subscription on-demand service called TVBox on UK digital-terrestrial pay-TV platform Top Up TV. TVBox launched yesterday within Top Up TV’s Anytime bouquet of services. It provides a range of current and library TV series from NBC Universal’s library of more than 55,000 television episodes. Content […]

BBC signs up Global Listings for Middle East EPG

The BBC has hired programming information specialist Global Listings to work with BBC Arabic and BBC World News to provide EPGs for the Showtime Arabia TV platform in the Middle East. Global Listings will compile and edit English-language files to Showtime Arabia’s editorial requirements, and submit to the platform in the precise technical, language and […]

Latens signs Motorola reseller agreement

Conditional access company Latens has signed a global reseller agreement with Motorola. Latens said the agreement means its software conditional access system will be a core component of Motorola’s integrated IPTV ecosystem reference platform. The agreement covers Latens’ complete range of conditional access and middleware products for IPTV, cable, satellite and terrestrial networks.

Mediaset to add kids premium package

Mediaset is to introduce a new addition to its pay-TV offer in December, targeting children. Premium Fantasy, aimed at boys, will include four channels: Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney and Hiro, Mediaset’s own animation channel targeted at children aged between eight and 14. The package will be available for EUR8 per month on a […]

Telekom Austria reports fall in fixed-line revenue

Telekom Austria’s fixed-line business has recorded third quarter revenues of EUR469.9m, down 2.8 per cent year-on-year. EBITDA for the quarter decreased by 15.9 per cent compared with the previous year to EUR165.7m. The telco said the decrease in EBITDA was down to lower revenues and higher operating expenses, which included exceptional costs of EUR19.7m due […]

YouSee boosts flat quarter for TDC

Danish telco TDC’s cable division YouSee has once again lifted the operator’s quarterly revenue figures, contributing DKK814m (EUR109m) for the three months to September, compared with DKK715m for the same period in 2007. EBITDA for the division was DKK241m, up from DKK219m. YouSee’s revenue for the first nine months of the year was DKK2.407bn, up […]