UK government in licence vote

The British government is to vote on plans to freeze the TV licence fee for one year. The licence fee rose in April 2009 by £3 (€3.4) to £142.50 as part of a six-year deal. However, the opposition party, the Conservatives, argue that the British public broadcaster the BBC must provide more value for less […]

Mediaset launches DTT promotion

Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s shopping channel Mediashopping has launched a promotion to coincide with the switch to digital TV broadcasting in the country’s Piedmont region. People living in the Piedmont region can buy a DTT set-top box with Easy Pay premium TV card included for €99.90 instead of the usual price of €129.90. They will also […]

Orange confirms it’s leaving Kangaroo behind

France Telecom-owned telco and pay-TV operator Orange is no longer in discussions to buy the technology behind Project Kangaroo, the failed joint-venture online catch-up service proposed by UK broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC. A France Telecom spokesperson confirmed to the Guardian newspaper that, following in-depth due diligence, Orange was not perusing its interest […]

Deutsche Telekom launches Bundesliga marketing campaign

German telco and IPTV operator Deutsche Telekom has launched a marketing campaign for its coverage of the Budesliga football league, which it has branded LIGA Total. The operator will broadcast 612 matches during the 2009/2010 season on its T-Entertain IPTV platform, for which subscribers will pay €14.95, or €19.95 for high-definition coverage. The first three […]

Time Warner completes CME acquisition

Time Warner has finalised its acquisition of central and eastern European broadcaster CME. The US media company has finalised its US$242m (€178m) purchase of a 31% stake in the broadcaster, that operates across the region in Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Ukraine. Time Warner is expected to pair up with the […]

RSCC choose ISS Reshetnev

Russian satellite operator RSCC has awarded ISS Reshetnev the contract to design and manufacture the Express AM5 and Express AM6 satellites. Express AM5 and Express AM6 are scheduled to be put into orbit in 2012 at 140º East and 53º East orbital slots respectively. They will provide various broadcast and multimedia services. The operational service […]

Branson reduces Virgin Media stake

Sir Richard Branson has reduced his stake in UK cable operator Virgin Media to just 6.5%. The decision forms part of Branson’s move, announced in May 2007, to raise US$224m (€164m) by pledging part of his 10.45% stake in the operator to investment back Credit Suisse. Branson is now Virgin Media’s fourth largest shareholder.

Hulu launch delayed by ad sales disagreement

The international launch of online video service Hulu is being hampered by a disagreement over advertising sales according to UK press. The service, which is a joint venture between NBC Universal, News Corp and Disney, has been looking to launch in the UK for a number of months but local press reports that the company […]

UPC Poland offers JimJam to analogue customers

Polish cable operator UPC Polska has added kids channel JimJam to its analogue line-up. The channel has been available to digital subscribers since January 2008. It features shows including Thomas and Friends, Bob the and Angelina Ballerina.

Com Hem goes on-demand

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has announced plans to launch an on-demand service. Com Hem On Demand will give users the chance to catch up with previously aired shows as well as purchase movies and music videos on-demand. Approximately 14,000 residents of StÃ¥ngÃ¥staden in Linköping will test the service before a full roll out at […]