The Czech national commercial station TV Nova has begun to broadcast in HD. Test transmissions in the format are being made available to customers of the DTH platform CS Link, as well as those of 802.TV, an IPTV service operated by Mattes AD, a triple play company based in the town of Frydek-Mistek.
The Hungarian alternative telco HTCC has now fully completed the acquisition of Tele2’s business in the country. With the €4 million deal – first announced in July – now complete, HTCC will serve over one million customers. Tele2 will operate a stand-alone operation in Hungary for the near future and employ its own brand name, […]
The Polish national commercial station Polsat is preparing to launch an adult channel. Known as Play TV, it will reportedly make its debut on New Year’s Eve and be distributed by the DTH platform Cyfrowy Polsat and cable. Around 30% of Play TV’s output will be domestically produced, with the remainder sourced from several international […]
The leading Bulgarian MSO CableTEL will expand into Albania by the end of the year, according to a local report, having already established a presence in neighbouring Macedonia and Serbia. It is also understood to be looking at the market in Turkey. In its home market, CableTEL has already spent in the region of €120-150 […]
The US investment company CME has appointed Adrian Sarbu as its COO with immediate effect. Sarbu has most recently been CME’s regional director for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, although he has been involved with the company since it entered the Romania market through Pro TV in 1995. CME currently has broadcast interests in […]
The incumbent Lithuanian telco Teo LT ended Q3 with almost 14,000 IPTV subscribers, while the total number of homes that received its broadband Internet access service amounted to 232,200. Its revenues in the quarter stood at LTL204 million (€59.1 million), or 10.4% more than in the corresponding period last year, while in the first nine […]
PIKE Conference, ZAKOPANE. The Polish business channel TV Biznes has reached a new milestone, according to member of the board Piotr Barelowski, by selling all its commercial airtime for the first time ever this week. TV Biznes was acquired by Polsat earlier this year and has a technical reach of 26%. On average, it reaches […]
The NBC Universal channels Sci Fi Channel and Universal Channel will make their debuts in Poland in December, according to local reports. Content on both channels, which will be distributed by a company named Proyektor, will be mostly obtained from Universal Pictures and small studios that distribute Universal content.
PIKE Conference, ZAKOPANE. According to data supplied by Julia Molochanova, the general director of the Cable TV Union of Ukraine, only 1.6 million of the country’s 17.42 million households currently receive Internet services. Moreover, 66% of Ukrainian homes still have no access to either a computer or the Internet. The total number of broadband subscribers […]
The ASO in the Czech Republic may be put back a year to November, according to local reports. Pavel Dvorak, the head of the Czech Telecom Office (CTU), is understood to be in favour of the delay, believing the 2010 deadline to be unrealistic. Despite its many documented problems, the transition to digital broadcasting in […]