Focus Sat adds HD and premium movie package

Romanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD channels and a new movie package to its line-up. The UPC-owned company is launching an HD service consisting initially of Discovery HD, ESPN HD and Sundance HD America. It is available at no extra cost to Familia package subscribers until the end of the year. The […]

UPC Polska extends VOD platform and high-speed network

Polish cable operator UPC has extended its VOD platform to the cities of Lublin, Wałbrzych and Chełmno. The VOD platform offers over 2,000 movies and programmes, including around 60 HD movies, as well as VOD channels from TVP, TVN, Discovery, FilmBox, National Geographic, HBO. Sundance, Disney and Cartoon Network. UPC has also added the city […]

UPC Czech adds Stil

Cable operator UPC Czech Republic has added Czech entertainment channel Stil to its digital line-up. The channel, which will be available in the operator’s starter pack, replaces lifestyle channel Public TV, which closed down earlier this year. Stil, owned by Pilsen-based TPMC, offers a mix of gameshows, magazine programmes, teleshopping and music videos.

Red Bee metadata on the Horizon

Broadcast services provider Red Bee Media has been selected by UPC Broadband, Liberty Global’s European cable division, to provide rich metadata for its next-generation TV platform Horizon. Red Bee will create and deliver rich metadata services for the Horizon platform, which is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2012 in the Netherlands. In […]

UPC Slovakia offers free HBO trial

UPC Slovakia will offer HBO’s premium channel portfolio free of charge to all digital subscribers next weekend. The cable operator will broadcast HBO, HBO2, HBO Comedy and HBO HD in the clear for four days from October 7. During the weekend, viewers will be able to watch movies including Slumdog Millionaire, Nine and Bruno along […]

Cablecom appeals against analogue carriage ruling

Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom has launched an appeal against the country’s Federal Administrative Court’s decision requiring it to carry youth channel Joiz on its analogue platform. The court’s decision upheld an earlier ruling by the Federal Office of Communication on November 10 2010. Under Swiss law, channels with particularly valuable journalistic content must be […]

UPC Austria to offer Sky packages

UPC Austria customers in the cities of Vienna, Graz and Klagenfurt will be able to receive Sky Deutschland’s premium services after the two operators struck a distribution agreement. From October 3, UPC will begin offering the Sky Film, Sky Sport and Sky Fußball Bundeslig packages along with various other premium channels from Sky to its […]

Fox cooks up Dutch channel

Fox International Channels is launching a round-the-clock cooking channel in the Netherlands. 24Kitchen will roll out on on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway and Glashart’s pay TV services, reaching three million viewers. The channel will be a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding. It will […]

Cable needs to connect emotionally, says Hacmon 

UPC Broadband’s managing director, products and online media group Doron Hacmon has called on cable operators to think about how they connected emotionally with customers. Delivering the opening keynote at the CTAM Europe EuroSummit in Malta this morning, Hacmon gave the example of the Starbucks coffee shop chain, which could charge €2.85 for a product […]

UPC Netherlands extends reach

UPC Netherlands is extending the reach of its internet, digital TV and telephony services to the municipalities of Geldermalsen, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, New Lekkerland and Ruurlo. From this week, an additional 22,000 households in these areas will have access to the full range of the cable operator’s services. The operator has upgraded networks covering some 120,000 homes […]