ESPN secures UEFA rights

Sports broadcaster ESPN has secured the UK rights to broadcast the UEFA Europa League for the next three seasons. As part of the deal, ESPN will serve as host broadcaster for any live home matches featuring British clubs that it selects for broadcast. ESPN is currently available on BSkyB, Virgin Media, BT Vision, Top Up […]

Telefónica still interested in Digital Plus

Spanish telco Telefónica is still interested tin taking a minority stake in Prisa’s pay-TV platform Digital Plus with a majority partner, according to press reports. Deputy director-general Julio Linares reportedly said that Telefónica would be interested in participating if an opportunity presented itself. Prisa rejected an offer from Telefónica and Vivendi for Digital Plus earlier […]

SeaChange acquires eventIS

Video-on-demand and interactive TV technology specialist SeaChange International has acquired Dutch-based VOD and broadcasting software specialist eventIS for €25.5m initially, with three further annual payments of €1.2m to follw for the next three years. SeaChange will also issue stock of €800,000 annually for the next three years to eventIS shareholders. EventIS provides software for […]

JSTV gains carriage on Free

General entertainment channel Japan Satellite TV Europe (JSTV) has appointed Paris-based Thema to handle its European distribution and has gained its first carriage deal with French IPTV provider Free. Free is making JSTV’s two channels available as an à la carte option for €49 a month. The channel airs live news from NHK, sports (including […]

European Commission investigates French public TV

The European Commission is examining whether French authorities plans to phase out advertising on public TV and fill the funding gap by taxing private media companies is fair. The EC nevertheless provisionally authorised the subsidy of €450m granted by the French government to compensate France Télévisions. Advertising is being removed from France Televisions channels in […]

Kabel BW launches 100Mpbs in Stuttgart

Germany cable operator Kabel BW has launched a 100Mbps broadband internet service in the Stuttgart area. The service, launched on August 31, will be available in Stuttgart and surrounding towns including Aichwald, Rudersberg, Schondorf, Esslingen and Vaihingen. 

French broadband base grows

France had 18.675 million broadband internet subscribers at the end of June, of which 17.625 million took ADSL services, according to the latest figures released by telecom regulator ARCEP. The total number of broadband subscribers was up 1.8% quarter-on-quarter, and 12% year-on-year. Unbundled subscribers numbered 5.5 million.

UPC launches high-speed internet in Czech Republic

Cable operator UPC Czech Republic has launched 50Mbps and 100Mbps internet services in the Czech Republic. UPC’s EuroDOCSIS 3.0-based 100Mbps service (with 10Mbps upstream) will be available for CZK1,750 (€69), while the 50Mbps service (with 5Mbps upstream) will be available for CZK1,300. Separately, in neighbouring Austria, UPC is now offering 100Mbps services in Vienna […]

Swisscom strikes agreement for fibre build-out in St Gallen

Swisscom has struck an agreement with the local utility St Galler Stadtwerken for the build-out of a new fibre network in the city of St Gallen in north-eastern Switzerland. Swisscom and the utility have agreed to work together to avoid duplication and ot minimize construction costs of the network. 

Unitymedia upgrades more networks

German cable operator Unitymedia has upgraded its cable network to offer triple-play services in a number of additional towns. The cable operators, which provides services in North-Rhine Westphalia and Hesse, has completed its upgrade in the towns of Brilon and Olsberg, covering about 17,000 households, along with Lübbecke, Preußisch Oldendorf and Holzhausen, covering a further […]