RSCC’s Express-A satellite reaches end of life

Russian satellite operator RSCC has announced that the Express-A No.3 satellite has been put out of service. The satellite was delivered to the 11° West orbital position in June 2000 and had a service life of seven years. All communications channels using the satellite have been transferred to the Express-AM44 satellite.

CS Link taps Astra for extra capacity

Czech pay-TV service CS Link has leased additional capacity from satellite operator Astra. CS Link will use an additional transponder from the 23.5° East orbital position to enhance its channel line up, including new HD channels. The operator currently broadcasts 32 digital TV channels in the Czech Republic, reaching 350,000 customers. With this new agreement, […]

Ziggo inks SVOD deal with Sony

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has struck a deal with Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Television that will see it make a range of blockbuster films available via a subscription video-on-demand service. It will also launch movies including Spiderman 3, Surf’s Up, Superbad and Angels & Demons via its traditional VOD service.

TF1 appoints general director

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has appointed Axel Duroux as general director.Duroux will work closely with TF1’s CEO and chairman Nonce Paolini. He joins from RTL where he was chairman of the board.

Europe tops 12m IPTV subscribers

Europe is home to 12.5 million IPTV subscribers, according to the latest figures from industry body the Broadband Forum. Western Europe ended the first quarter of the year with 11,375,200 subscribers, up 45.85% year-on-year, while eastern Europe saw growth of 109.38%, ending March with 1,158,673m subscribers. In terms of broadband subscribers, western Europe saw a […]

History HD heads for Romania

AETN is set to launch The History Channel HD in Romania for the first time after the company struck a carriage deal with DTH service Boom. This marks the first time the high definition channel will launch in the country and follows recent roll outs of the network in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. […]

Eurovision takes extra Eutelsat capacity

Sports and news distributor Eurovision has leased extra capacity from satellite operator Eutelsat. Eurovision will take additional Ku-band capacity on W2A, located at 10° East. It already leases capacity on W3A at 7° East. In addition, it has also selected W2A for its first permanent lease of C-band capacity for contribution links between Europe and […]

Numericable to offer free DTT channels

French cable operator Numericable is to launch a free DTT service, according to local reports. The operator plans to offer 18 DTT channels free of charge to its customers, including some high-definition versions of the channels. It is expected to invest €15m in the project over the next three years, with all customers being able […]

Russia Today in Stream TV test

Comstar-owned Russian pay-TV operator Stream TV has begun a test transmission of English-language international channel Russia Today. It will use customer feedback to decide whether to make the channel a permanent fixture. Russia Today features news, sports, business and politics coverage from Russia.

EPL gives Setanta Friday deadline

The English Premiere League (EPL) has issued a warning to ailing sports broadcaster Setanta Sports that it will re-auction the broadcasting rights for matches awarded to Setanta if it fails to pay its latest instalment by Friday. In a statement, the EPL said that, with the start of the season just two months away, it […]