Value of UHF for DTT “outweighs mobile by four to one”

Digital-terrestrial broadcasting would provide the most valuable use of UHF spectrum for the next 15 years, according to a study by consultancy Aetha for Abertis Telecom, Arqiva, the BBC, Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE), the EBU and TDF.  The report said that the value of the 460-862MHz or UHF band is greater for DTT than mobile […]

Hungarian state completes acquisition of Antenna Hungária

The Hungarian state has completed the acquisition of local broadcast services provider Antenna Hungária from France’s TDF. State communications industry holding company Nemzeti Infokommunikációs Szolgáltató Zártköruen Muködo Részvénytársaság (NISZ) has closed the acquisition of 100% control of Antenna Hungária, which operates the MinDig digital-terrestrial pay TV service in the country as well as providing transmission […]

TDF partners with Envivio to air French Open in 4K

French transmission services provider TDF is using Envivio HEVC video processing to broadcast the French Open tennis tournament in 4K.  TDF is using Envivio’s Muse 4K Ultra HD compression technology to live-stream the action to compatible 4K TV sets in France, with TDF to deliver various matches from the Centre Court in DVB-T2 format to […]

TDF agrees sale of Antenna Hungária

French transmission services provider TDF has agreed the sale of Hungarian subsidiary Antenna Hungária to the Hungarian state. Antenna Hungária, which operates the MinDig digital-terrestrial platform in the country among other activities, will be sold to state holding company Nemzeti Infokommunikációs Szolgáltató Zártköruen Muködo Részvénytársaság (NISZ) with the transaction to complete on May 30. The […]

TDF merges media services units to form Arkena

French transmission provider TDF has merged its media services subsidiaries into a single company, Arkena. The new division, comprising the former Cognacq-Jay Image, PSN, Qbrick and SmartJog units, will create “one of Europe’s largest media services companies”, according to TDF. Arkena’s products and solutions cover a wide range of media services activities including playout, headend […]

TDF examining offers for sale of French assets

Transmission services provider TDF is looking at two offers for the sale of its French business, according to press reports. According to Reuters, TDF is examining offers from Canadian pension fund PSP Investments and investment fund Dering Capital, with the former offering around €3.5 billion and Dering offering €3.6 billion. TDF, which began looking for […]

TDF names M&A and business development chief

French transmission services provider TDF has named Bastian Manintveld as head of M&A and business development of its media services division. Manintveld was a founder of BeBanjo, a software company that develops tools for teams managing on-demand services, which was acquired by the TDF Group in 2011. “The media services market is increasingly shifting to […]

TDF bids reportedly fall short of target

Télédiffusion de France (TDF)’s owners have received offers amounting to less than €4 billion for the sale of the media service provider’s French assets, according to local reports, putting a question mark over the group’s capacity to pay its €3.8 billion debts.  According to a Reuters report in financial daily Les Echos, citing un-named sources […]

Australian PE group to buy Finland’s Digita from TDF

Australian private-equity group First State Investments is to acquire Finnish digital-terrestrial pay TV operator Digita from France’s TDF. TDF said the sale of the operator was in line with its strategy to focus on its two largest core markets, France and Germany, and to develop its media services business unit. Marcus Ayre, head of infrastructure […]