Broadband TV News Today
August 23, 2014


Europe increasingly important for Netflix
As Netflix rapidly expands across Europe, the company will see its international subscriptions jump from one-tenth to one-fifth of total subscriptions, according to new analysis from IHS. [Read More]

Court declares Aereo is not cable
It looks like the end of the road for Aereo – the IP-delivered TV platform – after the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied it a court hearing. [Read More]


Austria to commence DVB-T2 transition in 2016
Austria wants to commence the planned full transition of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) distribution system from DVB-T to successor standard DVB-T2 in autumn 2016. [Read More]


Vodafone takes majority in Hellas Online
Vodafone is paying €72.7 million to acquire a 72.7% stake in Greek broadband/phone service provider Hellas Online. [Read More]


German music channel iM1 suspends broadcasts
German commercial music TV channel iM1 has discontinued its transmissions. [Read More]


RTL takes Hungarian hit
RTL Group’s profits are likely to be hit by the controversial ad tax imposed on its broadcast interests in Hungary earlier this summer. [Read More]


Belgium’s VTM launches free catch-up TV service
Flemish private broadcaster VTM has started offering some of its programmes for free catch-up viewing up to four weeks after broadcast. [Read More]


Skylink tops platform chart
Skylink remains by far the most popular DTH platform in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. [Read More]


Serbian TV station sale probe launched
Serbia’s Commission for Protection of Competition has launched an investigation into the sale of the national broadcaster B92 in 2010. [Read More]


The end for Judit and Judit?
WATCH VIDEO: Com Hem has released a trailer for its forthcoming commercial featuring long running characters Judit and Judit. [Read More] joins PlayStation4
TVN's catch up TV service has made its debut on PlayStation4. [Read More]


UPC speeds up in Romania
UPC Romania is now offering its subscribers in eight cities internet access at up to 500 Mbps. [Read More]


Pressure mounts on Ukrainian DTT operator
Ukraine’s National TV and Radio Council has issued the DTT platform operator Zeonbud with a warning and given it two weeks “to fix violations”. [Read More]


Samsung TVs see 13% price-drop in 1H 2014
Although Samsung is a leader in the growing Ultra HD TV segment, average selling prices (ASPs) for Samsung TVs fell 13% in the first half of 2014 compared to the previous year according to Strategy Analytics. [Read More]


French OuatchTV becomes ‘proper’ TV channel
WATCH VIDEO. The French high-tech channel OuatchTV has secured distribution as a linear channel on SFR and Free starting September. [Read More]



Russian TV channel clampdown intensifies
Ukraine has now banned a total of 14 Russian channels from being distributed by cable networks. What is more, the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs is making sure operators adhere to the ban. [Read More]


Sky D attacks Netflix with €3.99 VOD service
With an aggressive move, Sky Deutschland gears up for the competition with Netflix: The German pay-TV broadcaster has reduced the monthly subscription price of its video-on-demand (VOD) service Snap from €9.90 to just €3.99. [Read More]


Cord-cutting has arrived in 12 Euro markets
Pay TV cord-cutting is now an undeniable phenomenon in a large number of European markets as 12 countries witnessed a decline in overall pay TV uptake in the first quarter of 2014, according to IHS Technology's latest European pay TV Update. [Read More]


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Julian Clover Clover’s Week: It’s subscription free, again
Never let it be said that there isn't competition in the UK television market. Where else would you have four free-to-air platforms all operated by the same set of broadcasters.  [Read More]


Chris Dziadul Chris Dziadul Reports: Channel trends and threats
New channel launches are one of the few certainties in what is an otherwise unpredictable and rapidly changing TV landscape in Central and Eastern Europe. [Read More]


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