Numericable turns to customers to promote service

French cable operator Numericable is to base its next promotional campaign around testimonials from its existing client base. In what might be seen as a risky strategy for an operator that until recently had a notoriously bad reputation for customer service, Numericable has called on customers to offer testimonials and ideas via Numerispace, the community-based […]

Deutsche Telekom strikes VDSL wholesale deals

German telco Deutsche Telekom has struck wholesale deals with telcos 1&1 and Vodafone that will enable the pair to become the first competitive operators to provide VDSL double-play services over Telekom’s network. Vodafone has already signed a contract to provide the service, while 1&1 has reached an agreement but has yet to sign. Telekom is […]

De Posche tipped for ITV shortlist

Guillaume de Posch, the former CEO of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, is on the shortlist to become the new head of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, according to a report in the  Sunday Telegraph newspaper. ITV’s chief operating officer John Cresswell and former BSkyB CEO Tony Ball are also believed to have made the shortlist, although a […]

New promo offer from Unitymedia

German cable operator Unitymedia has launched a new promotional offer, providing its Unity3play 20,000 triple-play package free of charge for the first three months to those who sign up for a minimum of 15 months. The service will cost €25 a month thereafter. Unity3play 20,000 offers 20Mbps internet access, about 70 digital TV and 67 […]

Biggest pay-TV platforms in Middle East merge

Showtime Arabia and Orbit, the largest pay-TV platforms in the Middle East, have merged. Viacom and KIPCO-backed Showtime and Mawarid Group-owned Orbit will start offering a new package to their combined subscriber base from the beginning of August. Existing customers will be offered incentives to take up the new package or can retain their currents […]

Huawei names western Europe chief

Telecom equipment giant Huawei has named Tim Watkins as vice-president of Huawei Western Europe. 
Watkins, who will be responsible for sales and marketing in the region, was previously North EMEA president at Nortel Networks.

SBS upgrades Dutch playout facility for HD

The Dutch division of the SBS/ProSiebenSat.1 Group is upgrading its content playout platform to handle and distribute high-definition TV by investing in a storage area network based on Grass Valley K2 Summit server technology. The migration project will launch on air in the fourth quarter of 2009. SBS/ProSiebenSat.1 has ordered five Grass Valley K2 Summit […]

Fastweb launches new kids channels

Italian service provider Fastweb has added two new boy-focused kids channels to its on-demand TV offering. Toon Toon, aimed at pre-school children, offers content from suppliers including the BBC, Planeta Junior and De Agostini. Jugo will offer content from public broadcaster Rai’s library as well as manga cartoons including He Man, Transformers and Robotech. 

Reding says recession should speed switchover

European Union countries should speed up the switch from analogue to digital TV in light of the current economic downturn, EU Commissioner for Telecoms and Media, Viviane Reding said. Delivering a lecture in Brussels, Reding said that accelerating switchover will mean spectrum worth up to €200bn will be freed up. The commissioner called upon Member […]

NBC Universal Global Networks makes UK changes

NBC Universal Global Networks (NBCU) has realigned its UK programming and marketing departments in a move designed to “to fully maximise the performance and growth of its four UK channel brands and to increase synergy between its international division”. NBCU has created two content teams to spearhead the development of two channel groups – Sci […]