ESPN signs new rights deals

Sports broadcaster ESPN has secured the rights to a raft of new sports events for its UK channel. After recently acquiring the rights to broadcast English Premier League, Scottish Premier League and other international football matches, ESPN has secured multiyear UK and Ireland rights to air the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Top 14 Orange French […]

ADMC plans HD launch

Pan regional broadcaster Abu Dhabi Media Company is to launch a high definitional channel in October. The network – Abu Dhabi HD – will feature a range of drama, movies, sports programming including English Premier League games and documentaries and will be available via pay-TV platform E-vision in the UAE.

Sky adds subs at “fastest rate in five years”

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB recorded a subscriber boost of 124,000 in the last three months. This brings the satellite pay-TV operator’s total subscriber base to 9.44 million subs, moving closer to its target of 10 million subscribers by the end of 2010. The company said that subscribers were joining at the fastest rate in […]

Ono loses subs as revenues fall

Spanish cable operator Ono lost 10,000 customers during the second quarter of the year, ending June with 1,835,000 cable subscribers. Ono said it had taken steps to implement various “barriers to entry to ensure that new customers are profitable”, while the economic climate also impacted the number of new subscribers. The operator said it was […]

Multimedia Polska offers deal for unemployed

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has offered customers who lose their jobs the option of changing the terms of their contracts or bringing forward the termination period without incurring financial penalties. Subscribers who sign up for a new contract for a specified period will be able to exercise the right to amend the agreement if […]

Eutelsat and GlobeCast conclude TVR capacity deal

Broadcast services provider GlobeCast has signed a deal with satellite operator Eutelsat for capacity to be used by Romanian public broadcaster TVR. The new contract for one transponder at 16º East will be used by GlobeCast to broadcast channels produced by TVR. It doubles the broadcaster’s capacity at 16º East and will enable it to […]

DartyBox adds channels

French IPTV service DartyBox TV has added four new channels to its line up. Subscribers can now watch Channel One Russia, pan-African information and entertainment channel Vox Africa, Arabic kids channel Al Jazeera Children and sister channel Baraem TV, which targets Arabic-speaking preschoolers aged 3-6 years old. Thema distributes the channels in France.

AETN creates History in the Benelux

AETN has secured carriage deals for its History and History HD channels in the Benelux region. Deals have been secured for both channels on Canal Digitaal and Delta in the Netherlands. In Belgium they will now be carried on TV Vlaanderen.

M6 maintains profit despite ad revenue drop

French commercial channel M6 managed to produce net income of €80.1m for the first half of 2009, up from €79.2m year-on-year, despite a 14% decline in advertising revenues. M6 reported consolidated revenues of €678.3m for the first half of the year, down 4.3% year-on-year. Second quarter revenues fell by 8.1% to €350.9m, driven by a […]

UPC adds homes and gardens channel

Cable operator UPC Poland has added Domo, the first homes and gardens-themed channel in Poland, to its line-up. Produced by Canal Plus Cyfrowy, Domo will be available on both analogue and digital tiers. It will replace Planète in analogue, with the latter becoming a digital-only channel on the platform. UPC has also added a new […]