RCS & RDS denies report of imminent Vodafone deal

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS has vehemently denied a report posted by well-known local journalist and TV personality Robert Turcescu that the company is on the brink of being acquired by Vodafone.  Turcescu posted on his Facebook page that Vodafone had agreed a preliminary deal with RCS & RDS to acquire the operator for […]

RCS & RDS and SNR submit bids for Romania’s DTT platform

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS and state-owned transmission services provider Societăţii Naţionale de Radiocomunicaţii (SNR) have each submitted bids to operate five digital-terrestrial TV multiplexes ahead of the deadline set by telecom regulator ANCOM as the country moves towards a long-delayed digital transition. ANCOM will review the bids by next Thursday and decide whether […]

RCS & RDS launches cloud storage service

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS has launched a cloud-based storage service, Digi Storage. Digi Storage will enable users to store and share personal data including pictures and videos across devices including Linux and Windows-based PCs, Macs and Android and iOS mobile devices. Digi Net Fiberlink 500 and 1000 customers will receive 20GB of online […]

Travel Channel HD launches on RCS & RDS

Travel Channel HD has launched on Romanian cable and DTH platform RCS & RDS. The Scripps Network International channel will join the standard definition version of Travel Channel, distribution of which is being extended. Travel Channel HD will be available to all RCS&RDS digital customers that have HD receivers whereas Travel Channel, previously broadcast in […]

Discovery ‘interested in Prima TV takeover’

A report in the Romanian press claims Discovery Communications’s spending spree could be set to continue with the acquisition of free-TV broadcaster Prima TV. The Romanian channel group is said to be on the block and local news site evz.ro reported that Discovery was among those interested in buying it from current parent SBS Broadcasting. […]

Slovak Telekom to buy out Digi Slovakia

Slovak Telekom has agreed to buy 100% of Romania-based RCS & RDS’s local TV business Digi Slovakia. Through the deal, Slovak Telekom said it will strengthen its position in the digital TV market, building on its digital TV Magio offering, which it launched in 2006. This currently has 180,000 customers via metallic, fibre network and satellite, while […]

RCS & RDS removes Discovery in fee row

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS has revealed that it has dropped Discovery channels from its line-up because it believes the US broadcaster’s fees are too high. In a statement, the operator said Discovery charged around three times more for its channels than similar networks do, while its audience share is only about 1%. RSC […]

RCS & RDS adds Voyo OTT platform

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS has added Voyo, the OTT service from broadcaster CME, to its offering. Voyo consists of over 700 movies and TV series that can be accessed via Smart TVs, PCs and Apple devices. The platform will offer over 1,000 titles by the end of the year. RCS & RDS customers […]

RCS & RDS completes three-vendor 100GbE test

Romanian cable and pay TV operator RCS & RDS has completed tests of 100GbE technology, the first such test in the country. RCS & RDS tested 100GbE with DWDM equipment for ECI Telecom and routers from Cisco and Juniper. RCS & RDS said this was the first test globally involving three separate vendors. The operator […]

RCS & RDS in battle with Antena over retrans fees

Romanian service provider RCS & RDS is involved in a dispute with commercial broadcaster Antena over retransmission fees. Antena Group has demanded over €7 million a year for the retransmission of its Antena 1 and Antena 3 channels by RCS & RDS, which operates the Digi pay TV service in the country. RCS & RDS […]