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France underpins Orange

Orange grew its TV base to 8.7 million customers despite a mixed results from around Europe. It contributed to the French telco’s steady results for the quarter ending June 30, 2017 that saw a return to growth in France for the first time since 2010. Fran

Broadband TV News | dnes 13:01 |

Telefónica makes Spanish pay-TV gains

Telefónica returned to growth in the Spanish pay-TV market in the second quarter, gaining 51,000 more subscribers. This contrasted with a loss of 41,000 in Q1 and has been put down to new customers and migration from low-value options to the Fusión + Ocio

Broadband TV News | dnes 13:01 |

German TV channel blizz loses broadcast licence

Bavarian media authority BLM has revoked the broadcast licence of German internet TV channel blizz, operated by ITV Media Interactive e.K. A large part of the schedule consisted of programmes for which the operator didn’t own the copyright, according to t

Broadband TV News | dnes 13:01 |

Sky confirms Spanish OTT plans

Sky is to move ahead with a direct to consumer service for the Spanish market. The long-anticipated OTT platform will launch before the end of 2017. “We intend to launch a simple and affordable OTT service in Spain, the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy a

Broadband TV News | dnes 13:01 |

Arqiva secures long-term capacity with Eutelsat

Arqiva has signed an agreement with Eutelsat that strengthens its relationship at the 28 degrees East video neighbourhood. The multi-year, multi-transponder agreement covering high-power transponders at 28 degrees East reinforces Arqiva’s position as a se

Broadband TV News | dnes 13:01 |

Bulgarian surprise for Telekom Austria

Telekom Austria has finally turned the corner in Bulgaria, posting EBITDA growth in the second quarter after years of decline. Its revenues in the country in Q2 amounted to €103.3 million (+3.4% year-on-year), while EBITDA was €33.4 million (+8.6%). In Bu

Broadband TV News | včera 11:01 |

Cyfrowy Polsat faces contract probe

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has completed an investigation into how providers of electronic communications sell their services. Specifically, it examined if they provide customers with recordings of telephone conversatio

Broadband TV News | včera 11:01 |

Broadband first for Magyar Telekom

Hungary’s Magyar Telekom has completed the first new generation broadband network built with funds from the European Union. Serving 400 households Gödre, located in the Hegyhát district of Baranya Country, it provides users with Telekom’s 1Gb NetMánia 100

Broadband TV News | včera 11:01 |

ER Telecom targets regional telcos

The Russian cable operator ER Telecom has filed applications with the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) to buy six telcos. Comnews reports that they are located in the Tomsk and Irkutsk regions and members of Strela Telecom, which is owned by t

Broadband TV News | včera 11:01 |

Joyne announces channel line-up

The fledgling Dutch DTH platform Joyne has announced its channel line-up that is due to launch on August 1. Joyne will be offering a total of 54 TV channels and 10 radio stations from the Eutelsat position at 9 degrees East. The new platform was first ann

Broadband TV News | včera 11:01 |

CME recovery continued ahead of asset sale

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has reported on the last quarter before announcing the sale of its broadcast assets in Croatia and Slovenia. Its net revenues in the three months ending June 20 amounted to $181,856,000, a 3.8% actual and 5.5% like

Broadband TV News | včera 00:01 |

Vivendi contemplates Italian Canal+ with Telecom Italia

Vivendi has decided to pursue a parallel project in pay TV in Italy with its two subsidiaries Telecom Italia and Groupe Canal. According to French daily Les Echos it will be called Canale + and will be an Italian version of the French Canal + offering a m

Broadband TV News | včera 00:01 |

Parks: The role of TV in the home is evolving

Parks Associates estimates smart TV penetration will reach 57% in Western Europe this year. This growth comes as the connectivity rates for smart TV are also increasing; in the US, 82% of smart TV owners connect their device to the Internet. New use cases

Broadband TV News | včera 00:01 |

Ketchup TV launches on Freesat

Freesat has added Ketchup TV to its extensive on demand line up. Ketchup TV offers free children’s entertainment and educational shows. “We’re delighted to launch Ketchup TV on Freesat and offer even more great entertainment for kids to enjoy during the s

Broadband TV News | 25. července 2017 16:16 |

OTT platform NLziet adds live streaming channels

The Dutch OTT platform NLziet is adding live streaming channels from both private and public broadcasters to its premium on-demand service. The linear service will comprise all three Dutch National public channels (NPO 1, 2 and 3), as well as all channels

Broadband TV News | 25. července 2017 16:16 |

Pay-TV and VOD reach record turnover in Germany

The turnover generated by pay-TV channels and paid-for video-on-demand (VOD) services has increased in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland in 2016 by around 11% to over €3 billion for the first time (2015: €2.7 billion). In Germany, the turno

Broadband TV News | 25. července 2017 16:16 |

UPC purchases FG Boll-Sinneringen cablenet

UPC has purchased the cable infrastructure from Fernsehgenossenschaft Boll-Sinneringen. Fernsehgenossenschaft Boll-Sinneringen constructed and maintained the cable network in the Bern municipality of Vechigen in the districts of Boll, Sinneringen and Utzi

Broadband TV News | 25. července 2017 16:16 |

Alticast strengthens EMEA team

Alticast has strengthened its EMEA presence with the appointments of Brian Koo as managing Ddrector of Europe and of Frederic Gounard as VP, sales, Europe. Koo and Gounard bring almost 30 years of experience and contacts within the EMEA television communi

Broadband TV News | 25. července 2017 16:16 |

New appointments at BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide appoints Tobi de Graaff director of global commissioning and co-production and Nick Percy made EVP for Western Europe. Tobi de Graaff takes on the newly created role and will be responsible for developing and executing commercial strategies

Broadband TV News | 23. července 2017 20:16 |

Streaming Video Alliance announces new specs

The Streaming Video Alliance has announced two new technical specification documents from the Open Caching Working Group. In addition, the Open Caching Working Group has introduced a new sub group for Edge Storage, led by Western Digital. The technical sp

Broadband TV News | 23. července 2017 04:16 |

Hulu’s live TV service launches on Amazon Fire TV

Hulu’s OTT live TV service will be available on the Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The service, which offers more than 40 channels of live TV, originally launched on five platforms – Apple TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android mobile devices, and Chrome

Broadband TV News | 23. července 2017 04:16 |

Nervous response to BBC VR study

BBC research into the virtual reality has found initially dim expectations turned into excitement about the medium. Those with previous experience of entry-level mobile VR expected to be underwhelmed, while newcomers were unsure about the experiences they

Broadband TV News | 22. července 2017 09:01 |

Orange battles TF1 over carriage fees

Orange is taking its dispute with TF1 to the French court of commerce, claiming the private broadcaster is misusing its dominant position on the viewers and advertising market. TF1 is asking millions of euros from the various French distribution platforms

Broadband TV News | 22. července 2017 09:01 |

Vodafone holds steady in Europe

Vodafone’s TV customer base in Germany stood at 7.7 million as of June 30 and was unchanged on three months earlier. At the same time, its new ‘GogaKombi’ convergence offer continued to gain momentum, adding 90,000 households in the quarter ending June 20

Broadband TV News | 22. července 2017 09:01 |

Content portability rules now in place

Rules surrounding the right of the consumer to view pay-TV content in any European territory have been officially approved. Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 entered into law on Thursday and will become officially enforceable as of March 20, 2018. It means EU cit

Broadband TV News | 22. července 2017 09:01 |

42% of Dutch homes have a connected TV

According to the Media Standard Survey (MSS) conducted by Kantar TNS, 42% of Dutch households have their TV set connected to the internet, with a further 15% using a dongle or media centre. 88% of households have digital television, and a tablet is presen

Broadband TV News | 22. července 2017 09:01 |

Twitter TV head Fred Graver joins Discovery

Discovery Communications has appointed Fred Graver as senior VP, Digital Content and Social for Discovery Digital. Graver most recently served as the global head of TV for Twitter. In his new role, he will oversee the digital network teams across Discover

Broadband TV News | 21. července 2017 01:46 |

Anjali Sud to head Vimeo

Anjali Sud has been appointed the CEO of the ad-free open video platform Vimeo. Previously general manager and senior VP of Vimeo’s flagship creator business, where she has been driving accelerating growth for the past 18 months, she will now oversee stra

Broadband TV News | 21. července 2017 01:46 |

Wige Media to turn into Sporttotal

German media and technology company Wige Media will change its name into Sporttotal. With the rebranding decided at the general assembly on July 20, 2017, Wige will adopt the name of the sports streaming portal it launched in January 2017. “We are convinc

Broadband TV News | 21. července 2017 01:46 |

ARD interested in Formula 1 rights

German public broadcaster ARD is negotiating about the free-to-air TV rights for the Formula 1 from the 2018 season, competing with commercial broadcaster RTL that has been showing the Grand Prix races since 1991. This is reported by German newspaper Fran

Broadband TV News | 21. července 2017 01:46 |

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