Broadband TV News Today
October 21, 2014


Freesat closes in on 2 million

WATCH VIDEO: Freesat says it is now being watched by more than four million viewers every week. The free-to-air satellite platform is now available in 1.9 million households. [Read More]

SPI rebrands flagship service
SPI International is to change the name of its FilmBox Extra channel to FilmBox Premium in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. [Read More]


Set-top box market hits $4.8 billion
Set-top box market hits $4.8 billion 2Q14, but the market is seeing “mixed signals”, according to Infonetics Research. [Read More]


BSkyB secures 69% of Sky Deutschland
BSkyB has confirmed it has secured 69% of Sky Deutschland. It's part of the £5 billion agreement to create a European pay-TV giant that would also include Sky Italia. [Read More]


América Móvil stocks up Telekom Austria stake
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has increased his shareholding in Austrian telco Telekom Austria Group. [Read More]


Paramount eyes Slovak and Czech debuts
Paramount Channel will soon launch in Slovakia and possibly also the Czech Republic. [Read More]


Turner pulls networks from DISH
Turner Networks removed its channels from the DISH Network on Monday night after the two companies were unable to reach a new distribution agreement. [Read More]


Top management change at Magyar Telekom
Attila Kerszég, currently CCO residential at Hungary’s Magyar Telekom, is to leave his position at the end of the year to take an executive role of European purview at its parent company in Germany. [Read More]


Clipfish secures BBC Worldwide series
Clipfish, the video portal operated by German media group RTL, has commenced offering several TV series from BBC Worldwide. [Read More]


CME, O2 join Prague line-up
Two leading players in the Czech TV industry have joined the list of speakers in the upcoming Prague Business Breakfast on Tuesday, November 11. [Read More]


CEPT finalises report on UHF future
The CEPT's Electronic Communications Committee has finalised its report into the future of the UHF band. It's one of the key documents for the European delegation at WRC-15. [Read More]


New channel for Orange Romania
Orange has launched a TV channel in Romania named Orange Info. [Read More]


Hispasat and Intelsat extend collaboration at 55.5 degrees West
Hispasat and Intelsat have detailed their collaboration with respect to capabilities at the 55.5 degrees West orbital position. [Read More]


Polsat buys radio station
Poland’s Telewizja Polsat has signed a preliminary agreement to buy a 100% stake in the radio station for PLN4.3 million (€1.02 million). [Read More]


Scripps secures Europe-wide Liberty carriage
Scripps Networks UK & EMEA has secured a multi-territory, multi-year distribution deal with Liberty Global. [Read More]



900 jobs to go after Ziggo merger
Around 20% of the combined workforce of Ziggo and UPC Nederland is set to lose their jobs after the planned merger of the two opertors. [Read More]


CBS All Access launches OTT live and on-demand service
CBS is the first of the national US networks to offer a TV Everywhwere service with live and on-demand programming. [Read More]


Netflix wobbles in US, but international bouyant
Netflix growth in international markets continues unabated amid signs of a slowdown in the United States. [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: Invitation to Prague
Did you know that 100,000 homes receive TV services illegally from ISPs in the Czech Republic? [Read More]


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