European high-speed access grows but trails behind Asia

Western Europe had 1.553 million fibre-to-the-home and fibre-to-the-building (FTTH/B) customers and 777,000 VDSL customers at the end of last year, according to a report by French research group IDATE. Central and eastern Europe had 769,000 FTTH/B subscribers and 32,000 VDSL subscribers. Globally, IDATE counted 29 million FTTH/B and 1.855 million VDSL subscribers at the end […]

Pace launches partner programme for MDU product

UK set-top provider Pace has launched a global partner programme to market its MultiDweller distribution platform for multiple dwelling units. Pace aims to create an approved sales and support network, initially across Europe, for MultiDweller, which is produced by Pace Networks, a division set up specifically to focus on distribution technologies. Partners will provide local […]

SeaChange reports quarterly revenue rise

Video-on-demand specialist SeaChange has reported first quarter revenues of US$48.9m (€34.5m), up 8% year-on-year, marking the company’s seventh consecutive quarter of profitability. 
SeaChange said the revenue increase was due primarily to higher VOD software installation, maintenance and professional services revenue along with higher software subscription revenue.   Revenue from the company’s software segment reached $30.6m, […]

French Open final gets 3D treatment

Orange and France Télévisions have announced plans to broadcast the men’s final of the French Open in 3D on cinema screens in France and Spain. Orange and France Télévisions will use five stereoscopic cameras to film the final on June 7. Broadcast services provider GlobeCast will broadcast the signal via satellite from Roland Garros in […]

TNT HD sticks with Dolby Digital Plus

Audio specialist Dolby has announced that its Dolby Digital Plus technology is now the sole audio stream for three HD channels on France’s DTT network TNT. The TNT HD multiplex, which carries channels TF1 HD, France 2 HD and M6 HD, is broadcasting audio exclusively in Dolby Digital Plus. Dolby said this allows the broadcasters […]

Euronews hails Middle East audience growth

Pan-European news channel Euronews said it reached an average 89,000 viewers in the Middle East between mid-June and September 2008, according to the EMS Middle East survey of 1.75 million upmarket viewers in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Euronews said half its audience watched the channel every […]

France Télévisions cuts jobs

French public broadcaster France Télévisions is set to launch a redundancy programme as it looks to cut costs. The company is expected to shed around 900 jobs – 10% of its staff – in the next two years. This comes as the broadcaster has seen a €450m loan from the French government postponed until later […]

ARD and ZDF to cut internet activities

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are to significantly reduce their internet activities as a result of a new German inter-state treaty on broadcasting, according to local press. ZDF has said it will cut its internet activities back by 70-80%, while ARD did not give specific details of its plans, according to a report in […]

Kudelski criticises OpenTV’s acquisition rejection

Swiss-based technology firm Kudelski said it was “disappointed” by the decision made by a committee set up by interactive TV specialist OpenTV to reject its offer to acquire the company. Kudelski, which already owns a significant stake in OpenTV, made an offer worth US$127m (€90m), or US$1.35 per share, in February. However, the Special Committee […]

Prisa and Mediapro to create holding company

Spanish media firm Prisa and local production company Mediapro are in talks to create a new holding company that will incorporate both companies’ assets. The rivals have been fighting legal battles over the years regarding control of Spanish soccer rights, but this move would the two parties merge and create a much larger consortium. The […]