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UPC Direct adds Story5 in Hungary

UPC’s Hungarian DTH platform UPC Direct has added romance channel Story5 to its line-up. Launched last year, the channel airs romantic series and telenovelas for 20 hours a day from 06:00 to 02:00. Story 5 is the sister channel of Story4, both of which are operated by Sanoma Digital Media.

Sundance Channel launching on Liberty Global CEE platforms

AMC/Sundance Channel Global is to launch across eastern Europe and has struck a number of deal extensions in western Europe. The international broadcaster is to launch via Liberty Global’s satellite pay TV platform Focus Sat in Romania and cable operator UPC in Hungary. This comes after a deal last year to launch via Liberty Global’s […]

Liberty Global posts increased revenues and full-year loss

European cable giant Liberty Global increased revenues by US$1billion (€750 million) last year, posting a total of US$9.5 billion for the full year compared with US$8.4 for the previous year. The company posted a loss of US$772.7 million, compared to a profit of US$388.2 million in 2010 when it benefited from the sale of its […]

Shane O’Neill passes away

Shane O’Neill, one of the best-known executives in the pay TV industry, has passed away. O’Neill had been suffering from a form of Creutzfeld-Jakob brain disease since its diagnosis just over a year ago. He retired as chief strategy officer, Liberty Global, and president, Chellomedia late last year at an event attended by Liberty chairman […]

Liberty Global completes Aster acquisition

Liberty Global has completed the acquisition of Polish cable operator Aster, which has been merged with UPC Poland. UPC will respect all existing Aster customer contracts. Aster customers in areas where UPC networks are also available will be able to sign up for UPC services. The merger gives UPC Poland a base of 1.5 million […]

Liberty’s Kabel BW merger given green light

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has approved the acquisition of Baden-Württemberg cable operator Kabel BW by Liberty Global. Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. The proposed deal had been opposed by a number of parties, including Sky who pointed to the threat posed by the […]

Liberty Global faces opposition to German merger

German alternative telecom operator association the VATM has added its voice to that of pay TV provider Sky Deutschland in expressing strong reservations about the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia with Baden-Württemberg operator Kabel BW. The VATM is calling for open access to the network of the combined operator as a condition […]

Video: DTVE Lifetime Achievement winner O’Neill honoured

Shane O’Neill, president of Chellomedia and chief strategy officer of Liberty Global, was last night awarded the Digital TV Europe Lifetime Achievement award. The award, which recognises the exceptional achievements of an individual who has contributed to the success of the pay TV or broadband industry over the course of their career, was awarded to […]

Liberty Global moves to assuage regulator on Kabel BW

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global has attempted to mitigate the concerns of Germany’s competition regulator to allow its purchase of rival cabler Kabel BW to go ahead. Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. It has subsequently proposed concessions to the Federal Cartel Office to make […]

Unitymedia to launch new HD services and set-top

Liberty Global-backed German cable operator Unitymedia will launch three HD services from ProSiebenSat.1 today, and plans to launch a new HD set-top at the beginning of December. The cable operator will launch ProSiebenSat.1 HD services ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD and Kabel Eins HD today. Unitymedia will offer the three new services free of charge until […]