Missed SPL payment sparks Setanta fears

Sports broadcaster Setanta has failed to make a routine payment of approximately £3m (€3.5m) to the Scottish Premier League (SPL), according to media reports. The pay-TV broadcaster has defaulted on the payment owed for broadcasting live SPL matches and the future of the contract between Setanta and the SPL, which was due to expire at […]

French broadband base grows at slower rate

France had 18.35 million high-speed internet subscribers at the end of the first quarter, of which 17.3 million received services via ADSL, according to the latest survey by telecom regulator ARCEP. The figures represent growth of 3.7% on the previous quarter and growth of 13% year-on-year. The year-on-year rate of growth has now slowed down […]

Numericable names commercial and marketing chief

French cable operator Numericable has named Daniel Fava as deputy director-general in charge of commercial and marketing activities. Fava was previously deputy director-general at Telecom Italia, in charge of its Alice residential service and enterprise division.

Jetix Spain to become Disney XD in September

Disney has confirmed that children’s channel Jetix in Spain will change its name to Disney XD in September. The channel will continue to be carried by pay-TV platforms including Digital Plus, Imagenio, ONO and R, and will continue to be available via Digital Plus’s mobile TV service. Disney already operates Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney and […]

History reaches Bulgaria

A localised version of History has launched in Bulgaria and History HD is set to follow. The standard definition version of History today launched on Eurocom Cable’s network, while History HD will be available on the platform during the third quarter. Both versions of the channel are also set to launch in Slovenia on Planet […]

Virgin Media to premier JPod on VOD service

Cable operator Virgin Media is to premier Canadian comedy drama JPod in the UK on its video-on-demand platform in HD. Virgin Media will make all 13 episodes of the series, adapted from the Douglas Coupland novel and distributed in the UK by Fireworks International, on its TV Choice service for two months from June […]

Croatia’s Iskon extends promo and plans to launch movie channel

Croatian ISP Iskon has extended its promotional offer of providing HBO’s premium service for only HRK1 (€0.13) for the first three months, and has announced plans to add a new locally produced movie channel, Cinestar TV, to its recently launched IPTV offer. Iskon will extend the HBO promotion until the end of June. The service […]

ITV mulls switch to pay-TV for digital channels

British commercial broadcaster ITV is considering turning its bouquet of digital channels from free-to-air to digital and has had initial exploratory talks with satellite pay-TV operator BSkyB, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper. The radical move would cut the broadcaster’s reliance on advertising revenues and move it towards a subscription model. 
The switch […]

Akado launches multiroom

Russian pay-TV platform Akado has launched a multiroom service for its digital TV customers. Subscribers to the service can connect an unlimited number of TVs at a cost of RUB100 (€2.30) for each additional connection. Customers will also need to buy new set-top boxes for each TV.

Poker Channel expands in Europe

The Poker Channel has announced distribution agreements in Germany, Portugal, Poland, Cyprus and Croatia. From June 1, The Poker Channel will be available via cable operators Cablenet in Cyprus, BNet in Croatia and UPC in Poland. It will also be carried by Eutelsat’s German headened-in-the-sky Kabelkiosk and on Portuguese IPTV service Clix. Following these agreements, […]