Romtelecom makes HBO channels available to all in promo

Romanian pay TV provider Romtelecom is to make HBO and HBO Comedy available to all TV subscribers across its satellite, cable, IPTV and internet TV offerings until the end of March as a promotional offer. Romtelecom is also offering a 50% discount to existing customers who take its Maxpak package until the end of March. […]

Romtelecom replaces Pro TV channels as talks fail

Romanian pay TV provider Romtelecom has failed to strike a deal with commercial broadcaster Pro TV and will cease broadcasting the latter’s channels on its satellite TV network from today. Romtelecom blamed Pro TV’s “unreasonable financial demands” for the decision. The operator said that Pro TV had asked for three times the amount previously paid […]

Romtelecom could pull Pro TV channels

Romanian pay TV provider Romtelecom has so far failed to strike a deal with commercial broadcaster Pro TV, meaning that the latter’s channels could be withdrawn from Romtelecom’s network as of tomorrow. Romtelecom said it would cease broadcasting the 11 channels – which include MTV and VH1 Romania – on January 3 if not deal […]

BBC Knowledge makes Hungarian and Romanian debuts

BBC Worldwide Channels’ factual and natural history channel BBC Knowledge is launching in Romania and Hungary on RCS & RDS and DIGI’s pay TV platforms. The channels will launch in the basic packages of Romanian operator RCS & RDS and Hungarian operator DIGI on January 1. The deal also involved the launch of BBC Entertainment […]

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 […]

OTE reports TV gains in Greece and Romania

Greek telco OTE has seen significant increases in pay TV subscribers in its home country, while its Romanian subsidiary Romtelecom has also seen gains. Announcing third quarter results, OTE ended September with 96,773 TV subscribers, up 74.1% year-on-year. That figure has since risen to over 105,000 at the start of November. The telco, which operates […]

UPC Romania extends 150Mbps, adds HD channels 

UPC Romania is expanding its 150Mbps broadband service outside the country’s capital. The cable operator is also extending the number of HD channels available on its network.
 UPC currently offers 150Mbps broadband in Bucharest but is expanding the high-speed service to the cities of Cluj Napoca, Ploiesti and Timisoara. Customers can receive 150Mbps for RON50 […]

Sundance Channel signs Spain and Romania deals

Sundance Channel is expanding its European distribution after parent company AMC/Sundance Channel Global signed deals in Spain and Romania. The general entertainment channel has launched in HD on Spanish cable platform Euskaltel as part of the TVD100 package and in standard definition and HD on UPC Romania’s network in the Digital Maxim HD and Digital […]

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 […]

VimpelCom upgrades IPTV platform

Russian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has upgraded its IPTV platform to Microsoft Mediaroom version 2.0. The upgrade will allow the operator to speed the search of video-on-demand titles and implement additional interactive features. Timur Alyautdinov, director of broadband and digital TV at VimpelCom, said the upgrade would allow the company […]