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D-Smart tops 900k

Turkish pay TV platform D-Smart has topped the 900,000 subscriber mark by end-2008, according to parent company Dogan. The Turkish media group issued figures for the D-Smart service in a presentation to investors that revealed the pay TV service generated revenues of TRY95m (€45m) in the company’s 2008 financial year, compared with TRY77m a year […]

UKTV Food gets Good rebrand

UK pay-TV channel UKTV Food is rebranding itself Good Food. The channel, which is operated by UKTV, a joint venture between BBC Commercial arm BBC Worldwide and UK MSO Virgin Media, will adopt the new name from June 22. UKTV has licensed the Good Food brand from BBC Worldwide. The lifestyle channel will, UKTV says, […]

STN opens CEE’s largest teleport for business

Slovenian teleport operator STN opened its new state-of-the-art facility near Ljubljana yesterday. The teleport, central and eastern Europe’s largest, with views of satellites between 45° West and 90° East, will deliver a range of permanent and occasional use services to a range of clients including Serbia-based SBB, which uses STN to uplink its Total TV […]

Ondas strikes deal with Renault

Car maker Renault has struck a deal with satellite radio company Ondas Media to install satellite radion receivers in Renault vehicles. The move follows similar deals between BMW and Nissan last year. Madrid-based Ondas plans to broadcast over 150 channels of satellite radio across Europe. 

Setanta claims Premiere League success

Irish pay-TV provider Setanta saw its audience for English Premiere League coverage rise by 36.3% this year, with top matches including Liverpool v Everton and Newcastle Utd v Middlesborough attracting audiences of over one million. Scottish Premier League and Blue Square Premier also saw audience rises, while Setanta scored its greatest success with England’s World […]

VimpelCom launches Beeline TV in Moscow

Russian fixed and mobile telco VimpelCom has launched IPTV in Moscow using Microsoft Mediaroom technology. The service, Beeline TV, follows trials conducted under the Corbina TV brand. VimpelCom and Microsoft signed an agreement to deliver the service on the Microsoft Mediaroom platform last May. The service will include digital video recording, video-on-demand with about 3,000 […]

Unitymedia begins commercial launch of DVR

German cable operator Unitymedia has begun a full commercial launch of its DVR service, following an earlier soft launch of the product. The Unitymedia service, based on the Samsung DCB-P850G box, with a 160GB hard drive, will be the subject of a large-scale advertising campaign this month. The DVR service is available for €5 a […]

Latin America leads Telefónica pay-TV growth

Spanish telco Telefónica had 2.3 million pay-TV customers globally at the end of March, up 25% year-on-year, driven by Latin America where it has over 1.6 million TV customers. The company has pay-TV operations in Spain, the Czech Republic, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela. Telefónica’s domestic fixed-line revenues were flat year-on-year, while OIBDA fell […]

Telekom Austria slows down fixed-line decline

Telekom Austria achieved a slowdown in the rate of losses to its fixed net access line division in the first quarter, losing just 8,000 lines in the three months to March. The operator recently signed up its 75,000th IPTV customer. On the downside, Telekom Austria saw its revenues decline by 5% to €1.197m, thanks to […]

Polsat ups subs and ARPU but programming costs rocket

Polish pay TV operator Polsat Cyfrowy has upped its subscriber base 28% year-on-year, taking the total at end-March to 2.8 million. The annualised churn rate increased to 8.4% in the quarter but pay-TV ARPU was up 34% as the operator added a raft of channels and saw programming costs almost double.
 The company recorded […]