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 […]

UPC Poland expands VOD sections

UPC Poland has launched two new sections on its VOD portal UPC On Demand. The cable operator’s Valentine section features around 20 romantic movies, including Mamma Mia and Something Borrowed. The second new section celebrates the work of French film director Luc Besson. It offers various titles, including Leon, The Fifth Element and The Big […]

UPC Direct welcomes Da Vinci

UPC Direct, the DTH platform operated by Liberty Global, expanded its HD line-up with the addition of educational channel Da Vinci U. The channel, which airs various learning and science programming, was originally launched in Poland in 2007 and has subsequently aired across Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Macedonia. The channel has been […]

UPC Romania adds Bollywood package

Cable operator UPC Romania has added a Bollywood package to its TV offering. The Liberty Global-owned cable operator has added a package comprising three channels – Bollywood TV, Bollywood Classic and Bollyshow – collectively airing about 3,000 hours of content each year. The package is available for RON8 (€1.85) a month excluding VAT. The Bollywood […]

Polish authorities fine UPC over Aster deal

The Polish competition authority UOKIK has levied a PLN775,000 (€184,000) fine on cable company UPC after concluding that it provided it with inaccurate information relating to its acquisition of smaller MSO Aster last year. The competition body said that information suggesting the Aster deal would impact the cable market at a local level had not […]

UPC Poland adds Eurosport HD channels

Cable operator UPC Poland has today added Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD to its line-up. Both channels have been added to the Super HD package, which now includes 15 HD channels. Eurosport 2 HD will also be available on the network of Aster, now owned by UPC.

UPC ups Aster broadband speeds

Aster’s new owner UPC is increasing the Polish cable operator’s broadband speeds. As part of the ongoing integration of Aster and UPC, the lowest broadband speed on Aster’s network will increase to 5Mbps from 0.5Mbps. The maximum speed will increase to 120Mbps from 60Mbps. The increases will be introduced gradually until the end of February. […]

UPC Poland launches independent movie section

UPC Poland has added a new section on its VOD platform dedicated to independent movies. The Kino Konesera section will air over 20 movies, including The Fighter and Tree of Life. Cable operator UPC’s on-demand service offers over 3,500 titles in total, around 1,300 of which are free-of-charge.

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 […]

UPC Netherlands toasts one million digital TV subs

UPC Netherlands signed up its one-millionth digital TV customer and has made five movies available free of charge to celebrate. The cable operator reached the landmark last month after launching the service in its current form in 2005. Digital subscribers can watch The Little Bear, The Bank Job, Coco Chanel, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and […]