Broadband TV News Today
October 30, 2014


Sky Deutschland launches OTT platform
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has launched a comprehensive OTT platform enabling viewers to access its premium service directly through the internet without the need for cable, satellite or IPTV. [Read More]

EBU and ABU call to protect broadcast spectrum
Leaders of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) have demanded global action to protect spectrum to guarantee the future of broadcasting. [Read More]


Streaming TV reaches all-time high in US
Streaming films and television shows on connected TV - including STBs, game consoles and smart TVs - is now the most satisfying and preferred viewing method, even before live TV. [Read More]


New Czech streaming service condemned
The Czech Association of Television Operators (ATO) has accused the new streaming service TV4you of violating the law. [Read More]


Mixed fortunes for Hrvatski Telekom
The Croatian incumbent Hrvastki Telekom (T-HT) ended the third quarter with 393,000 TV customers, a 2.6% increase on the same period last year. [Read More]


Astra 2G delivered to Baikonur
Astra's latest satellite has been safely delivered from Toulouse, France to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in preparation for launch next month, International Launch Services has confirmed. [Read More]


CME recovery gathers pace
Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has posted encouraging results confirming, in the words of Micheal Del Nin, the company’s co-CEO, “the strong turnaround in our operations”. [Read More]


BT confirms Netflix pact
BT has confirmed it is adding Netflix to its TV proposition. [Read More]


Poland makes key DTT decision
Poland’s National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT) has decided to allocate the public broadcaster TVP three slots on the upcoming eighth multiplex (MUX-8), with the remaining four slots to be awarded to other services following a contest. [Read More]


Spanish broadcasters face heavy fines
The Spanish regulator CNMC has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mediaset and Atresmedia for breaches of the country’s General Law on Audiovisual Communication. [Read More]


Russian premium VOD market takes shape
Okko, formerly known as Play, has taken the lead in Russia’s paid-for on demand sector. [Read More]


Baltcom rings in the changes
The leading Latvian cable operator Baltcom has launched a multiscreen service named TVplus. [Read More]


KPN’s DTT platform continues to lose subs
Digitenne, the Dutch DTT platform owned and operated by KPN has seen its total number of subscribers drop below 500,000. [Read More]


Boxer goes OTT with its new hybrid Play
Teracom's Boxer has launched a new streaming live TV and VOD service across Sweden and Denmark called Boxer Play. [Read More]


Sky Deutschland secures Warner Bros. movies
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution have agreed to an early extension of their cooperation for several more years. [Read More]



HD+ joins FreeTV Alliance

HD+, free-to-air high definition platform into the German market, has joined the FreeTV Alliance. [Read More]


KPN upbeat on TV and broadband
KPN’s IPTV net additions remained strong in the third quarter, while its broadband business saw a return to growth. [Read More]


Open cable commitment for Numericable-SFR approval
Numericable's takeover of mobile operator SFR has been given the green light from the French competition authority on the condition that it opens up its cable network to competitors. [Read More]


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Julian Clover Clover’s Week: Holding pattern
Anyone who flies regularly into London's Heathrow Airport will be familiar with the stacking that takes place at peak times – often off-peak times – before coming into land. [Read More]


Chris Dziadul Chris Dziadul Reports: TV’s legal woes
2014 is likely to be remembered as the year of controversial new laws and taxes in Central and Eastern Europe. [Read More]


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