Sci Fi website launches in Russia

NBC Universal has launched a localised website for the Russian version of the Sci Fi channel. The website,, features locally produced content including programme highlights, blogs, competitions and games. It joins local versions in Germany and the UK. 

BBC Prime uses GlobeCast for Eurobird capacity

Broadcast services provider GlobeCast has announced that BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, is using capacity leased by GlobeCast on Eutelsat’s Eurobird 9A satellite for international channel BBC Prime. BBC Worldwide is using capacity from a transponder located at 9° East for DTH coverage of Europe, the Middle East and North […]

Canal Plus strikes movie window agreements

French pay-TV broadcaster Canal Plus has said it has now concluded agreements with the bulk of media rights holders in France that will allow the development of a coherent and legal offer combining video-on-demand and broadcast windows for movies. Canal Plus said it was now able films across different platforms in a coherent way. The […]

TDC records 100 million song downloads

Danish telco TDC, owner of the YouSee cable platform, has received 100 million download requests for songs since launching the Play music service in April 2008. TDC said the figure, which was achieved in 15 months, was the equivalent of every person in Denmark downloading 20 songs. If the music had been purchased through the […]

Russia leads social network use

Russian internet users spend more time on social networking sites than those of any other nation, according to research group comScore. Russian internet users spend an average of 6.6 hours a month on (predominantly domestic) social networking sites, viewing an average of 1,307 pages. Globally, 743.2 million out of 1.1 billion internet users over 15 […]

UK set-top maker Pace on track

In a trading update set-top manufacturer Pace has said it is on target to meet earlier guidance for the half year to end-June. Pace noted that demand for its digital and high definition boxes is increasing. The value of Pace shares has increased 60% over the past twelve months.

Yahoo spells out Connected TV plans

Yahoo’s vice-president of Connected TV Patrick Barry has revealed future plans for the company’s internet-on-the-TV service, four weeks after TV sets carrying the service launched in Europe. Connected TV, which offers various internet applications via connected TV screens has approximately 10 so-called TV Widgets available from launch, the actual number varying by market, including […]

Premiere CEO acquires 700,000 shares

Mark Williams, CEO of German pay-TV operator Premiere, has bought shares in the company worth €1.855m. According to regulatory filings, Williams acquired 700,000 shares in the company, between May 28 and June 3.

Boxer acquires Finland’s PlusTV

Swedish digital-terrestrial pay-TV provider Boxer has acquired a majority stake in Finnish digital-terrestrial pay-TV operator PlusTV. Baker Capital and IT Provider Funds will remain as minority shareholders in the service. Boxer said it aimed to develop synergies between its pay-TV activities in Sweden, Denmark and Finland and to use its combined strength to emerge as […]

Trust calls for BBC to fill in Canvas as consultation attracts mixed views

The BBC Trust, the UK public broadcaster’s governing body, has told the BBC to provide more detail about its plans for Canvas, the proposed video-on-demand platform that would see content delivered over the internet to Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes and connected TVs. The call for greater clarity follows a seven-day consultation on the project […]