Avanti chooses Arianespace for Hylas launch

UK-based broadband satellite group Avanti Communications has chosen Arianespace to launch its Hylas satellite in the first half of next year. Hylas, which will be launched on either an Ariane 5 or Soyuz launcher from French Guiana, will be positioned at 33.5° West to deliver broadband services across Europe via Ka-band.

MTG performing well in tough conditions

Modern Times Group (MTG) CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht said the company is in very good shape to “navigate through a very tough environment”. Albrecht made the comment during a conference call announcing the company’s second quarter results, which saw sales up 8% year-on-year to SEK3.6bn (€334m). The company’s Viasat Broadcasting arm contributed SEK2.8bn, also up 8% […]

Baltkom to continue broadcasting TV3

Latvian cable operator Baltkom has said it does not intend to discontinue broadcasting Modern Times Group-owned commercial channel TV3 despite the channel’s unwillingness to waive financial claims for transmission fees. Baltkom and other Latvian cable providers have been involved in a long-running dispute with country’s most widely-viewed channel,  and stopped transmitting it for a brief […]

Virgin Media closes bond offering

UK cable operator Virgin Media has closed US$600m (€422m) of senior notes due in 2016. Net proceeds from the offering after account fees and expenses are expected to be in the region of £359.8m (€416m). The company plans to use the money to pre-pay a portion of the outstanding loans under its senior credit facilities. 

Dabski says TV Puls deal within weeks

Polish broadcaster TV Puls is talking to six potential suitors and expects to conclude a deal within weeks, CEO Dariusz Dabski has told local press. The Polish free-to-air broadcaster was previously owned by News Corp. which sold its stake late last year. Several local companies including telco TPSA have been linked with Puls since News’ […]

Teleste posts second-quarter figures

Finland-based cable technology specialist Teleste has reported second-quarter revenues of €30.6m, up from €29.3m for the same period last year. Operating profit was €0.4m, down from €1.7m last year, but an improvement on the first quarter. Teleste said that it had suffered year-on-year from decreased deliveries in the broadband cable networks business, but improvements had […]

Rai launches online version of tourism channel

Italian public broadcaster Rai has launched an online version of tourism channel Yes Italia. The channel is intended to promote and boost tourism in Italy. Yes Italia was launched in June as the first international channel to be produced and distributed by NewCo Rai International, the public broadcaster’s new commercial arm. The channel will be […]

Prisa and Mediapro close to agreement

Long-time rival Spanish media groups Prisa and Mediapro are close to agreeing the management structure to follow the merger of their audiovisual assets, according to local press, although questions remain over the future of pay-TV platform Digital Plus. According to a report in the Expansión newspaper, Mediapro’s Tatxo Benet is likely to be named as […]

Setanta channel slots up for sale

Canis Media has been appointed to oversee the sale of nine EPG slots on BSkyB’s pay-TV platform following the collapse of sports broadcaster Setanta Sports. The channel positions up for sale includes Setanta News, Setanta Golf, Racing UK, Racing World, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers TV channels. There are also various unallocated EPG slots available. Canis […]

Canal Plus attacks CSA digital-terrestrial demands

French pay-TV operator Canal Plus has filed a complaint with the country’s Council of State about media regulator the CSA’s demand that pay-TV services on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform must commit to transmitting from 1,423 sites by 2011, of which Canal Plus only uses 230 for its analogue service. The country’s free-to-air channels, TF1, M6 […]