Broadband TV News Today
April 18, 2014

 

25,000+ Telenet customers protest decoder swap
STORY UPDATED. The number of Telenet customers protesting about their set-top box becoming obsolete is growing fast with over 25,000 people signing a petition as per Thursday, April 18 at 4pm CET. The protests concern around 100,000 so-called Digiboxes, which will become obsolete when Belgian cable operator Telenet switches off its SD channels. [Read More]

Discovery drops Channel 5 interest
Discovery is understood to have dropped out of the bidding process for the UK’s Channel 5, according to Bloomberg. [Read More]

 

Ofcom announces Sky Sports WMO review

Ofcom is to look again at the supply of Sky Sports to other pay-TV providers. The regulator says there have been a number of sector developments since the Wholesale Must Offer was first introduced following the 2010 review of the pay-TV market.  [Read More]

 

Aereo launches advocacy site
Aereo launched ProtectMyAntenna.org, an educational and advocacy site that aims to provide basic information about Aereo and the legal claims before the Supreme Court. The site also features court briefs, amicus briefs and court decisions. [Read More]

 

Discovery drops Channel 5 interest
Discovery is understood to have dropped out of the bidding process for the UK’s Channel 5, according to Bloomberg. [Read More]

 

Popcornflix launches in Germany and France
Popcornflix, a free movie streaming media service operated by New York City-based rights dealer Screen Media Ventures, has launched in Germany and France. [Read More]

 

ANCOM acts against laggards
The Romanian regulator ANCOM has suspended the activities of 49 electronic communications providers for a period of 60 days. [Read More]

 

UPC, Vectra improve offers
UPC Polska has launched a new network of hotspots named UPC Wi-Free. [Read More]

 

Ofcom announces Sky Sports WMO review

Ofcom is to look again at the supply of Sky Sports to other pay-TV providers. The regulator says there have been a number of sector developments since the Wholesale Must Offer was first introduced following the 2010 review of the pay-TV market.  [Read More]

 

RCS&RDS makes key acquisition
Romania’s RCS&RDS has become the sole owner of Cluj Fiber Optic Integrator (CFO Integrator), a company that operates a project named DuctCity in Cluj-Napoca. [Read More]

 

Thema launches advertising sales department
French distributor of TV channels Thema has launched a new advertising sales department, by creating Thema Advertising. [Read More]

 

Swisscom adds live-TV to Couchfunk app
German social TV service Couchfunk will enable its users in future not only to chat about the TV programmes on their smartphones, tablets and laptops, but also to directly watch live TV channels on their mobile devices. [Read More]

 

AMC/Sundance Channel Global promotes Marco Frazier to SVP
AMC/Sundance Channel Global has promoted Marco Frazier to SVP, Global Distribution, EMEA. [Read More]

 

Djazz.tv and Brava HD head East
Dutch based Djazz.tv and Brava HD are expanding in the growing television markets of Eastern-Europe and the Middle East. [Read More]

 

SES and Gilat expand Astra Connect
SES Broadband Services, the internet via satellite subsidiary of Astra satellite operator SES, and broadband via satellite solutions provider Gilat Satellite Networks have expanded their consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over the Astra 2E (28.2 degrees East) satellite. [Read More]

 

EDITORS CHOICE

KPN looks to continue DTT service Digitenne
While the Dutch giovernment is looking at the future of digital terrestrial broadcasting, operator KPN said it hopes to continue the Digitenne service after 2017. [Read More]

 

Broadband TV News launches 2014 version ANGA COM app
The 2014 version of the Broadband TV News ANGA COM 2014 English language app is now available in the iOS and Google Play stores. [Read More]

 

UPC and Ziggo launch app for mobile Wi-Fi calls
UPC Nederland has launched an app for Android and iOS which makes calling via Wi-Fi possible at fixed telephony rates. [Read More]

 

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COLUMNS

Julian Clover Clover’s Week: The DVD is in the post
It seems counterintuitive that an electronic download service should  promote itself around the idea that everyone who places an order on their set-top box should receive a copy of that same movie through the post. [Read More]

 

Chris Dziadul Chris Dziadul Reports: HbbTV heads East
Slowly but surely, HbbTV is becoming established in Central and Eastern Europe. [Read More]

 

Editors: Robert Briel, Julian Clover and Chris Dziadul

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