BBC fills in Canvas

Following widespread industry criticism over the absence of specifics when plans for the service were first revealed in February, the BBC has unveiled more detailed proposals relating to its Canvas video-on-demand project. The BBC wants the Canvas consortium to retain control of the service’s user interface (something that a number of respondents to the earlier […]

Telekom Austria expands IPTV offer

Telekom Austria has expanded its AonTV IPTV service offering, increasing the premium package from 20 to 24 channels after adding Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Sat.1 Comedy and Romance TV. Telekom Austria has also added a range of other new channels to its line-up, taking the basic package to over 70 channels, including Euronews, regional TV […]

TeliaSonera passes 700,000 TV subs

Nordic telco TeliaSonera added 104,000 TV subscribers in the 12 months to the end of June, giving it a total of 711,000. Of those, 532,000 were IPTV subscribers. During the second quarter of 2009, the operator added 23,000 new IPTV subscribers, of which 17,000 were in Sweden. More than 20% of Telia-Sonera’s broadband customers now […]

Arqiva acquires Kangroo technology

Broadcast services provider Arqiva has confirmed that it will acquire the technology behind Project Kangaroo, and will launch its own online on-demand service in the UK. The assets involved in the deal, believed to be worth about £8m (€9.3m), include hardware and software technology, along with related intellectual property developed for the Project Kangaroo service. […]

Kabel BW launches new kids package

German cable operator Kabel BW is to launch a new kids pay-TV package Clever Kids, which will be available from August. The operator said the package would include a wide selection of ad-free programming for children and young people up to 13 years old. Details of programming will be announced at the time of launch.

NBC Universal names Russian sales manager

NBC Universal Global Networks has named Elena Glukhovskaya to the new position of sales manager for Russia. Glukhovskaya was previously head of acquisition and distribution at Russian pay-TV operator Stream TV.

Virgin Media turns to SamKnows for broadband monitoring

UK cable operator Virgin Media has appointed broadband performance measurement specialist SamKnows to conduct an independent trial to measure the performance its broadband customers receive over 12 months. Virgin Media said it intends to use the results to help develop its next-generation broadband service. SamKnows is regulator Ofcom’s appointed technical partner for broadband performance testing. 

Media Capital sees revenues fall

Portuguese media company Media Capital, which operates free-to-air network TVI, has seen its revenues fall by 1% to €134.8m over the last six months. Total advertising revenue was also down 20% to €24.1m. However, the company was buoyed by the fact that its production arm recorded a 14% rise in revenues and its main […]

Five eyes new kids channel launch

UK commercial broadcaster Five is eyeing the possibility of launching a standalone kids channel based on its successful Milkshake strand. It is expected to initially launch the channel on one of its digital channels – Fiver and Five USA – during the day before launching a full station. This comes as the RTL-owned broadcaster announced […]

Multimedia Polska to use acquisitions to boost subscriber base

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has set itself a goal of 5% subscriber growth, which it plans to achieve via strategic acquisitions. The company has indicated that it is in talks with various parties about possible takeovers, according to local press reports citing CEO Andrzej Rogowski. He didn’t name acquisition targets but said he wanted […]