The Russian telco Svyazinvest has posted revenues of R58.634 billion (€1.685 billion) for Q1 2007, or 14.5% more than in the corresponding period last year. At the same time, its net profit was up by 35.5% to R8.948 billion. The figures did not take into account the Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) or Kostroma GTS, […]
The Polish DTT consortium POT has begun test transmissions in Warsaw and a location named Srem near the western city of Poznan. According to the consortium, which is composed of the national commercial broadcasters Polsat and TVN, they will be undertaken until further notice and employ both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 compression. HD (1080i) and DVB-H […]
The terms of the Polsat/Axel Springer deal are under renegotiation. Speaking to the Polish press, Polsat’s owner Zygmunt Solorz-Zak has said that the aim of the talks is to come up with an agreement that has no mention of joint ownership, but rather a reference to the German company acquiring a stake in the Polish […]
KKCG Investments is reported to be preparing to dispose of its stake in the Czech leisure and shopping channel Top TV. Although no fee or buyer has been mentioned, one of the reasons cited for the sale is the uncertainty currently surrounding the rollout of digital services in the country.
The incumbent Lithuanian telco Teo LT has begun to install what will be the country’s first Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. Five of the biggest cities in Lithuania will be covered by the network, starting with the capital, Vilnius, in June, with the total investment expected to be LTL100 million (€30 million) over the next three years. […]
Results published by the Greek telco OTE show that Dolce, the DTH platform operated by its Romanian subsidiary Romtelecom, had 163,000 subscribers as of the end of Q1 2007. The service, which competes with four other DTH operations in the crowded Romanian market, only made is debut in December 2006. Romtelecom also had 137,000 ADSL […]
The Bulgaria-based satellite channel Balkanika Music Television (BMT) is reported to have secured a cable distribution licence in Croatia. The 24-hour service, which is owned by a company named Fen TV, can already be received throughout the Balkan region and in Turkey.
According to local reports, Russia’s Sistema Mass Media (SMM) saw its Q1 2007 sales rise year-on-year by 79% to $25 million (€18.6 million) thanks largely to the addition of new pay-TV customers. The company is also understood to be on track for an IPO in 2009. SMM’s parent company Sistema has meanwhile announced changes to […]
Russia’s leading broadcaster Channel One has acquired a range of equipment allowing for tapeless video production for its news operations. Produced by Panasonic, it includes over 50 AJ-SPX800 P2 camcorders and a dozen AJ-HPM100 P2HD mobile recorders. The transition of Channel One’s news production department to a tapeless infrastructure will take place this summer and […]
The Polish DTH platform Cyfra+ has added the tabloid style entertainment channel Superstacja to its programme package. The service, which is on air for 24-hours daily and allocates at least half of its airtime to live shows, is also being made available on Cyfra+ DSL. Cyfra+ has now added 10 new channels to its line-up […]