TPSA reports strong TV growth

France Télécom-owned Polish telco TPSA had signed up 200,000 IPTV subscribers by the end of the first quarter, representing 75% growth for the first three months of the year. TPSA said that the success of its TV service contributed to strong fixed-line broadband performance relative to other activities, including mobile in particular. The group had […]

Serbia to reveal DTT strategy

Serbia is to invest €100m in its digital switchover programme, according to local reports. Telecommunications minister Jasna Matic said he would reveal the country’s strategy for digitising the terrestrial network in June, with a legal framework expected to be finalised by September. Serbia is aiming to switch off analogue signals by 2012.

Kabel BW to launch 100Mbps this year

German cable operator Kabel BW is to launch 100Mbps broadband services in the second half of this year. Kabel BW said it would be the first service provider to launch 100Mbps services across an entire German state. The operator said its entire network would be capable of offering the service by mid-2010. Kabel BW intends […]

Freeview appoints head of marketing communications

UK DTT venture Freeview has appointed Tim Hunt as director of marketing communications. Hunt will be responsible for shaping and leading the integrated marketing and PR campaigns for Freeview. He was previously marketing director at Project Kangaroo, the proposed video-on-demand joint venture between Channel 4, BBC Worldwide and ITV.

Baltkom to offer Discovery HD

Latvian cable operator Baltkom is to offer Discovery HD on its TV service from May. Baltkom will be the first service provider in Latvia to offer Discovery HD. The operator already distributes Discovery Channel along with Discovery Science, Discovery World, Discovery Travel & Living and Animal Planet in standard definition.

Unitymedia upgrades Schleiden

German cable operator Unitymedia has begun upgrading its network in the Schleiden area to offer triple-play services. The upgrade covers about 9,100 households in Schleiden, Hellenthal and Kall. 

Telekom Slovenije in Macedonian DTT win

Telco Telekom Slovenije has won a tender for a 10-year DTT licence in Macedonia, according to local reports. The Slovenian company was the only bidder for the licence, which was granted by the Agency for Electronic Communication. The telco is expected to invest over €10m in the DTT network this year in order to offer […]

Com Hem to shut down former UPC analogue offer

Swedish cable operator Com Hem is to shut down the basic analogue offer distributed via the former UPC Sweden network, affecting about 100,000 subscribers in Stockholm. Com Hem will begin shutting down the Analog-TV Bas package on July 1 following its SEK100m (€9m) upgrade of the Stockholm network. Customers will be offered a digital package […]

Belgacom to offer new basic package with HD

Belgian telco Belgacom is launching a new HD-inclusive TV offer to drive uptake of its services following the May 19 end of the initial free-to-air phase of its HDTV launch. Belgacom TV Comfort, which will replace the existing Classic Plus offer, will include five HD channels and will cost €12.50 a month, or €18.50 a […]

NDS signs EPG licensing deal

Conditional access specialist NDS has signed a multi-year licence agreement with Macrovision Solutions for electronic programme guide (EPG) patents. The agreement provides NDS with a licence to the EPG patents under Macrovision’s Gemstar patent portfolio and allows NDS to offer licensed EPGs to its pay-TV platform operator customers in specified countries.