HaiVision names engineering chief

Video technology provider HaiVision has named Mahmoud Al-Daccak as senior vice-president of engineering. Al-Daccak was previously vice-president of engineering and chief technology officer at video infrastructure and remote editing applications provider MaxT Systems. 

News Corp linked to Rotana deal

News Corp is in discussions to acquire a 20% stake in Saudi-based broadcast group Rotana, according to US press reports. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is expected to lodge a formal bid for the stake, which will take the form of existing equity or new shares, later this month. 
News Corp launched two channels in […]

Akado launches Mini Mix

Russian service provider Akado has launched a new low-cost package called Mini Mix, comprising 12 digital channels for RUB100 (€2.20) a month. Added to the 28 free-to-air channels available on the platform, Mini Mix gives subscribers access to a total of 40 channels. Subscribers who wish to take additional services will continue to have to […]

Arris acquires EGT video processing lines

Video technology company Arris has acquired the video processing assets of Atlanta-based EGT for US$6.5m. Arris said that EGT’s encoder and transcoder range would complement its existing video-on-demand, switched digital video and advertising insertion products.

T-VIPS launches DVB-T2 gateway

TV transport technology specialist T-VIPS is launching a new DVB-T2 gateway. The product, the CP560 DVB-T2 gateway, is designed to integrate with existing DVB-T headends and DVB-T2 modulators to enable terrestrial operators to take advantage of the 30-50% increase in bandwidth efficiency enabled by migration to DVB-T2, according to T-VIPS. 

French broadcasters hit out at tax

Leading French commercial channels have condemned the tax imposed on them to compensate France Télévisions’ loss of ad revenue following the partial ban on advertising on the public channels, and have demanded confirmation that the reform of the financing of public broadcaster France Télévisions will not act as a “deadweight” on their businesses. TF1, M6 […]

Cablecom launches 100Mbps service

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator Cablecom is the latest of the international cable group’s properties to launch EuroDOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed internet. Cablecom is offering a100Mpbs service in the Zurich, Berne and Winterthur areas, with plans to extend it to the rest of Switzerland by the end of next year. The service, which offers 7Mbps upstream, […]

Freeview launches new campaign

UK free-to-air digital-terrestrial platform Freeview has launched a new £4m (€4.50) national and regional marketing campaign.   Created by Beattie McGuiness Bungay (BMB), the TV commercial, which is designed to communicate the value of Freeview’s offer, sees a motorcade of stars including descend on the home of an unsuspecting Freeview viewer, with a voiceover inviting […]

UPC Slovakia launches 120Mbps internet

Cable operator UPC Slovakia has launched EuroDOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed internet services offering speeds up to 120Mbps. The service (which offers 10Mbps upstream) is available for €40 a month. UPC is also offering a 60Mbps service for €30.

Macedonia’s On.Net chooses Viaccess

Macedonian internet service provider On.Net has chosen Viaccess to provide conditional access to secure the content of its new digital-terrestrial TV service in the country. Telekom Slovenije-owned On.Net recently conducted a digital-terrestrial TV trial covering the Macedonian capital Skopje. It plans to offer a service comprising 50 TV channels, 50 radio channels and datacast, with […]