Digiturk launches push-VOD service

Turkish pay TV operator Digiturk has launched push and subscription video-on-demand services over its DTH service. The company recruited a trio of technology providers to launch the service. TeleIDEA, Irdeto and OpenTV combined to offer a secure service, which is available through a triple-tuner DVR. TeleIDEA provides the EPG, OpenTV the middleware and Irdeto the […]

IBC numbers fall slightly

The number of attendees to the IBC trade show in Amsterdam was down by approximately 9% year-on-year shortly before the close of the exhibition later today. The IBC had recorded 44,798 attendees by 10.30 this morning. The number of visitors (as opposed to visitors plus exhibitors) was down by 7.7%. IBC chief operating officer […]

Netcom Africa signs deal with SES

Lagos-based infrastructure provider Netcom Africa has extended its relationship with satellite operator SES by contracting additional capacity from SES World Skies to expand its services in Nigeria and western Africa. Netcom will use the Ku-band capacity on Astra 2B and NSS-10 to offer additional broadcast TV services, broadband connectivity and voice-over-IP amongst other services.

Tunisia to launch digital-terrestrial TV

Tunisia is to launch digital-terrestrial TV at the end of this year following a pilot phase, according to local press. Tunisia plans to expand the area of coverage of the platform to 90% of the country’s territory. The platform is expected to include services from Canal Plus as well as a new channel, Choof TV, […]

UK to lift product placement ban

The UK government is this week expected to lift the ban on product placement on TV programmes, paving the way for deals that could raise up to ₤125m (€143m) a year for the beleaguered industry. Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw is likely to propose reforms that would allow commercial broadcasters to charge for featuring brands in […]

BBC considers Worldwide options

UK public broadcaster the BBC is considering partially spinning off its commercial arm BBC Worldwide. In an interview with the Guardian, BBC director general Mark Thompson said the BBC was conducting a review of its full ownership of BBC Worldwide and was considering a range of options, including listing the business on the stock market. […]

Cyfrowy Polsat offers Disney channels for free

Polish pay-TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is offering Disney Channel and Disney XD in the clear to all subscribers for a limited period. Between September 12 and October 12 all customers will be able to watch both channels for free. Disney Channel has been available on Cyfrowy Polsat’s platform for three years while Disney XD recently […]

Red Bee delivers VOD and metadata service for Virgin Media

Red Bee Media has won the contract from Virgin Media to deliver video and metadata related to PictureBox, the on-demand movie service newly available to all Virgin Media subscribers. PictureBox, which launched on Virgin Media’s TV platform at the start of July, provides a selection of recent and library feature films and allows subscribers to […]

NDS to provide CI Plus to KDG

Conditional access and interactive TV technology provider NDS is to provide CI Plus-based security to German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG). The agreement with KDG marks the first move by NDS into the CI Plus space.

Conax launches new low-cost service

Conditional access company Conax has launched a new low-cost content security hosting service to enable service providers to migrate to digital without making significant upfront investments. Conax will offer security hosting services through a range of approved partners. The company has already formed a partnership with Czech system integrator Lica to provide the service to […]