Viaccess hacker lawsuit leads to arrests

Conditional access company Viaccess has announced that 26 people have been arrested in France on suspicion of hacking several operators, including Canal Plus. Viaccess said it filed a lawsuit against the parties after it had worked with French cyber police to find the suspects by tracking their IP addresses.

UPC Hungary launches interactive music service with Musicoola

UPC Hungary is to launch an interactive music service as part of its digital TV offering. The package, supplied by digital music specialist Musicoola, will offer 30 local and international music channels offering a variety of genres. Subscribers will be able to view and select tracks from various genres, and view information including the song […]

Canal Plus faces churn reduction

French pay-TV operator Canal Plus CEO Bertrand Meheut has reported a slight growth in churn but said the company has not begun to feel the effects of the current global financial situation. Meheut made the comments during an interview with a French radio station, adding that the country’s planned additional tax on private broadcasters was […]

SES weathers economic storm

Satellite operator SES says it is well-placed to weather the current economic storm and has maintained its financial guidance for the rest of the year. The operator reported recurring revenue of EUR1.186bn for the nine months to September 30, up 7.1 per cent on the previous year. Reported revenue was down slightly from EUR1.196bn to […]

Private signs IPTV deal with Virginmega

Adult video distributor Private Media Group has signed a content deal with French internet portal and its IPTV operator partner.  While Private didn’t reveal the identity of the operator, it said its content is now available in 18 European counties via 35 IPTV operators with a combined subscriber base of 7.3 million.

Humax to launch first Freesat Plus device

UK free-to-air digital satellite BBC and ITV joint venture Freesat’s DVR service, Freesat Plus, will launch in November with the commercialisation of the Foxsat-HDR set-top box from Humax. The twin-tuner device will be equipped with a 320GB hard drive that can store up to 80 hours of HD or 200 hours of SD programming. The […]

ITN Source launches digital production service

ITN Source, the video content arm of news organization ITN, has announced the creation of a digital production business called Diagonal View. Diagonal View, a joint venture with digital entrepreneur Matt Heiman, packages quirky and obscure content from ITN Source’s archive and syndicates it to a range of commercial partners including MySpace, YouTube and […]

Ono to lay-off staff as economy deteriorates

The management of Spanish cable provider Ono has presented a plan to position the company to weather deteriorating economic conditions to trade union representatives that could involve making up to 1,300 staff redundant. Ono currently employs about 4,300 people. Ono’s plans also call for a reduction in its prices to meet the challenge of falling […]

Volia could stop broadcasting Russian channels in legislation row

Ukrainian cable operator Volia is planning to stop broadcasting some Russian TV channels from November in response to instructions from the country’s National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council, according to local reports. The National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council has asked operators to stop broadcasting foreign TV channels that do not comply with Ukrainian legislation. […]

PT chooses Envivio for mobile TV encoding

Video technology specialist Envivio has announced that Portuguese telco Portugal Telecom has selected its Mobile Series encoding platform to upgrade and expand its mobile TV offering Meo Mobile. Meo Mobile has been in operation since 2006 and now includes 37 channels as well as video-on-demand content. Envivio said the channels are encoded into multi-profile streams […]