BT to be allowed to bundle

UK telco BT will be allowed to bundle its telephone, internet and TV services after communications regulator Ofcom lifted restrictions on the operator. The company, which operates IPTV service BT Vision, was previously not allowed to sell its bundled services, but the regulator noted that BT no longer had significant market powers with the arrival […]

Discovery poaches Turner’s Dee Forbes to run UK operation

Discovery has hired Dee Forbes to run its UK business. Forbes joins from a fourteen-year stint at Turner where she ran its channels in the UK and Ireland. She will start in her new roles as managing director and executive vice-president in January. Reporting to Greg Ricca, CEO and president of Discovery Networks International, Forbes […]

UPC rolling out green set-tops in the Netherlands

UPC Broadband will launch a range of energy efficient set-tops to subscribers in the Netherlands. The Liberty Global-backed cabler has teamed with set-top and technology vendors Thomson, Pace and Cisco and will roll out new boxes and update existing ones with new power-saving software. Deployment of the new, greener set-tops has already started in Switzerland, […]

MultiChoice secures capacity on new Intelsat satellite

South African pay-TV provider MultiChoice has signed a contract giving it capacity on the forthcoming Intelsat 20 satellite at 68.5 degrees East. The satellite, slated to launch in 2012, will follow on from the existing Intelsat 7 craft at the same position, on which MultiChoice currently has capacity. 

AGCOM approves TivuSat but investigates Rai

Italian regulator AGCOM has given a green light to new free-to-air satellite platform TivuSat but has opened an investigation into public broadcaster Rai’s decision to broadcast its digital channels on the new platform and on digital-terrestrial and to withdraw from Sky Italia. Issues to be looked into include lack of information given to subscribers and […]

Canal Digitaal to launch new HD channels

Dutch satellite pay-TV provider Canal Digitaal is to launch new HD services via the Astra satellite at 23.5 degrees East. Canal Digitaal delivers services to 900,000 subscribers in the Dutch and Flemish markets via four transponders at 19.2 degrees East and two at 23.5 degrees East using Astra’s Duo LNB technology. 

Ofcom begins VOD regulation consultation

UK regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation on its proposal that ‘TV-like’ video-on-demand services in the UK be regulated by the Association for Television On Demand (ATVOD), while advertising on those services is regulated by the Advertising Standards Authority. Under revised European law, content on VOD services including BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, SkyPlayer and […]

Viasat adds TV4 and SVT to online TV service

Modern Times Group’s Viasat Broadcasting arm has secured its position as the leading player in the Swedish online TV market by adding the catch-up TV services of commercial broadcaster TV4 and public broadcaster SVT to its Viasat OnDemand portal. Viasat said the deals mean that its portal now include the catch-up TV services for channels […]

On Demand Group to supply VOD to PrimeTel

SeaChange International-owned On Demand Group is to supply on-demand content to Cypriot IPTV provider PrimeTel, including blockbuster movies and subscription-VOD in Greek and other languages. On Demand Group, which last year secured a contract to manage content for Greek telco OTE, will supply content to PrimeTel from its new state-of-the-art facility in London.

NBC launches VOD services on Ziggo

Content from NBC Universal channels Sci Fi and 13th Street is now available on-demand to customers of Dutch cable service Ziggo. The branded VOD offerings make series from both channels available on-demand. Series on offer include Dexter, Flashpoint, The Wire, Star Trek: the Next Generation and Torchwood.