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Spacecom’s Amos-3 broadcasts Nat Geo Wild

Satellite operator Spacecom has announced that Nat Geo has launched its latest channel National Geographic Wild in Romania using the Amos-3 satellite. The channel is uplinked via the INTV teleport in Prague and Spacecom is providing both satellite capacity and encryption services using a Viaccess conditional access system.  

Freecaster.tv chooses Akamai

Belgium-based online video portal Freecaster.tv, which delivers live and on-demand broadcasts of extreme sports events, has chosen Akamai to provide delivery of its services to international audiences. According to Akamai, its Media Delivery service will enable Freecaster.tv to deliver identical broadcast quality video to any location in the world and to support higher traffic loads.

Rights group AGICOA names CEO

Geneva-based TV collective rights management organisation AGICOA has named Paul Duggan as CEO. He previously worked as an independent producer. AGICOA organises the international collection of rights payments from the re-transmission of programming on cable and satellite.  

RSCC appoints acting director general

Russian satellite operator RSCC has announced that Yuri Prokhorov has taken over as acting director-general following the departure of Alexey Ostapchuk. Prokhorov was previously deputy director general.

UPC names new Hungarian chief

Betzalel Kenigstein has been appointed as the new managing director of cable operator UPC Hungary. He was previously chief technology officer at UPC Netherlands. Kenigstein takes over from UPC Broadband president and CEO Gene Musselman, who has been managing the Hungarian operation on an interim basis. 

Ericsson supports Macedonian mobile broadband

Ericsson has signed a four-year deal with Macedonian mobile operator T-Mobile Macedonia to supply WCDMA/HSPA technology for mobile broadband services. The mobile operator is set to introduce high-speed mobile broadband services to its 1.3 million subscribers.

Canal Plus adds remote record function

French pay-TV operator Canal Plus has launched a service whereby customers can record TV programmes and films remotely. Once registered for the service, users can set their PVRs to record by logging into their internet account at canalsat.fr or plus.fr. 

UK outlines digital future

The UK government is to use a proportion of the TV licence fee and a levy on all fixed telephone lines to improve broadband services. The proposals form part of the much-anticipated Digital Britain report, which was presented to parliament yesterday. The government confirmed its intention to provide universal broadband access of at least 2Mbps […]

Safaricom launches mobile TV in Kenya

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has launched a live mobile TV service. The operator has signed a deal with mobile phone manufacturer Nokia and pay-TV company DStv to stream live television from DStv to compatible mobile handsets. The service, which is available in Nairobi and Mombasa but will be extended to other towns and cities, costs […]

MySpace to axe a third of employees

News Corp-owned social networking website MySpace is set to shed 30% of its workforce in light of increased competition from rival sites. Latest figures reveal that MySpace had just over 123 million unique visitors in April, compared with 307 million visitors to rival Facebook. The website will axe about 400 jobs.