Broadband TV News Today
August 2, 2015

 

Liberty takes ITV stake to 9.9%
Liberty Global has further increased its stake in ITV plc with the acquisition of 138.7 million shares. [Read More]

Green takes over at Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video has hired BT’s Alex Green as its new managing director, Broadband TV News has learnt. [Read More]

 

Russia set for new DTT contest
A competition for a place on Russia’s second DTT multiplex will be held on September 30. [Read More]

 

SES Platform Services takes StarTimes to Africa
African digital TV operator StarTimes has chosen SES Platform Services, the technical services subsidiary of Astra satellite operator SES, to distribute TV channels for its DTH subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa. [Read More]

 

Deutsche Welle TV picks Astra 4A for Eastern Europe
German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has launched its German-language TV channel DW Deutsch on Astra 4A (4.8° East) on August 1, 2015. [Read More]

 

Espial acquires Bluestreak
Espial has acquired Bluestreak Technologies, a software and services provider of video solutions for connected devices. [Read More]

 

Mixed fortunes for Telekom Slovenije
Telekom Slovenije’s EBITDA in the first half of this year was 6% on the same period in 2014. [Read More]

 

New movie channel for Ukraine
Ukraine’s leading cable operator Volia has launched a new premium movie channel named Volia Cine+ Mix. [Read More]

 

Sony Pictures closes Film1 deal
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has finalised its acquisition of Dutch premium movie service Film1 following regulatory approval from the European Commission. [Read More]

 

Planete asks CSA to reconsider application
The Canal+ groiup has asked the French media regulator CSA to reconsider its decision on the broadcaster’s request to move Planete+ to free-to-air on DTT. [Read More]

 

Proximus continues to grow TV homes
Proximus (formerly Belgacom) has seen its TV home base grow with 35,000 TV subscriptions, increasing the total TV customer base to 1,692,000. [Read More]

 

Discovery partners with Turkey’s Dogus
Discovery Communications has entered into a strategic partnership with Turkey’s Dogus Media Group. [Read More]

 

Inge Smidts new CMO at Liberty Global
Inge Smidts, SVP residential marketing at Telenet, is to become Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Global. [Read More]

 

Telefónica doubles pay-TV subs and profits
Telefónica nearly doubled its pay-TV subscriber base in its home market in the year to June 30. [Read More]

 

Sky Deutschland takes OTT service to LG smart TV sets
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has made its OTT service Sky Online available to the owners of smart TV sets from LG (all WebOS models) in Germany and Austria. [Read More]

 

EDITORS CHOICE

Sky Deutschland takes OTT service to LG smart TV sets
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has made its OTT service Sky Online available to the owners of smart TV sets from LG (all WebOS models) in Germany and Austria. [Read More]

 

BT Sport holds subscribers
BT says its seeing few customers opting out of the new £5 charge for its repackaged sports channels. [Read More]

 

Common Sky hardware platform by 2017
Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has expressed caution on the launch of an Ultra HD service. However, CFO Andrew Griffith told analysts at the presentation of Sky’s annual results that the pay-TV platform will move to a single hardware platform by 2017. [Read More]

 

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COLUMNS

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: Telekom Austria gets blizoo
The sale of Bulgaria’s leading cable operator blizoo to Telekom Austria’s Mobiltel (MTel) is undoubtedly one of the biggest TV industry deals so far this year in Central and Eastern Europe. [Read More]

 

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