Sistema-backed Comstar UTS has appointed Nikolay Tokarev as its interim president and CEO. He takes over from Eric Franke, who has resigned from the post to take up a position with another company. Comstar UTS is the leading telco in Moscow and environs, its interests including the Stream IPTV service.
News Corp. has expanded its broadcast interests in Central and Eastern Europe by moving into Latvia. According to the company, it acquired 100% and 70% stakes in the national commercial stations LNT and TV5 respectively for unspecified fees earlier this month. News Corp. already has a presence elsewhere in the region in Bulgaria (bTV) and […]
The Polish DTH platform n is to introduce up to six new channels into its programme offer. Quoted in the local press, Maciej Sojka, the president of ITI Neovision, said they would include TVN Talk, offering mostly talk shows, and business, music and religion-based services. N made its debut in October 2006 and is currently […]
The Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) is reported to have approved general conditions for the use of the incumbent telco BTC’s duct infrastructure. Although the two parties have confirmed that operators will be charged BGN0.20 (€0.10) per metre for cables installed in BTC’s duct system, the general conditions have not been made public and will […]
According to data produced by Starlink, Poland’s ad market was worth PLN1.3 billion (€346.1 million) in Q1 2007, as opposed to PLN1.15 billion in the corresponding quarter in 2006. The greatest growth was noted in the Internet sector (+54.4%), followed by TV (+13.4%) and cinema (+12.4%), while newspapers posted the lowest total (+0.9%). Starlink points […]
Multimedia Polska is to use conditional access from Latens Systems for its recently launched digital cable operation. The MSO launched Poland’s first IPTV platform in May 2006 and last week started offering digital cable TV services, initially in three cities. It will now employ a unified conditional access head-end to secure both its digital cable […]
Disney Channel has secured a second cable distribution deal in Poland. Already offered by Aster, it will from his month also be carried by Vectra, the country’s second largest MSO. Disney Channel made its debut in Poland in December 2006 and is in addition distributed by the DTH platforms Cyfra+ and Cyfrowy Polsat. All told, […]
The Czech Digital Televisions Association (ADT) is reported to have written an open letter to Ronald Lauder, the founder and owner of the US investment company CME, asking for his support for the digitalisation of TV services in the Czech Republic. CME owns TV Nova, the country’s most popular broadcaster, which last year successful campaigned […]
The incumbent Latvian telco Lattelecom has opted for downloadable conditional access and a DRM solution from Widevine Technologies for its new IPTV platform. Launched in April, it is the first in the Baltic Republics to employ MPEG-4 compression to offer its subscribers HDTV and VOD services. Other technology partners include Optibase, Orca, BitBand and Kreatel.
According to a statement released by Eutelsat, Digi Raum and not General Satellite, as previously stated, are developing the decoders used to access the Tricolor TV DTH package in Russia. Earlier this week it was announced that Tricolor TV has launched 12 pay-TV channels on Eutelsat’s W4 satellite.