Virgin Media today announced the introduction of the BBC iPlayer for its 3.5 million cable customers. It’s the first time the on demand service has been made available on a TV platform.
BSkyB put evidence of the resilience of the pay-TV sector in the current credit crunch forward today. The DTH broadcaster reported net customer growth of 56,000 as total subscribers reached 8.888 million. New customer additions of 289,000 helped churn fall to its lowest level for four years at 10.5%.
UPC Nederland has said it will launch an HD cable receiver from Philips for the Dutch market on May 15. Retailing at €249.99, it will allow customers to save €5 on their monthly cable bill.
The cost of purchasing a satellite receiver for the BBC-ITV venture Freesat has been revealed by the retailer Argos. A supplement from the catalogue store that appeared in the weekend papers shows four models by Bush and Goodmans.
CABLE CONGRESS 2008 – MADRID. Virgin Media’s VOD service had 38 million views in March, according to Kevin O’Neil, the company’s head of on demand.
CABLE CONGRESS 2008 – MADRID. From one of the best-designed stages ever to host a Cable Congress, president Manuel Cubero welcomed delegates to Madrid with the message that total revenues within the European cable sector were showing two-digit growth.
ITV has become the latest UK broadcaster to add a selection of its content to the iTunes Store. Customers are able to purchase programming that includes the detective drama Lewis, thirtysomething drama Cold Feet and classics including the 25-year old Brideshead Revisited.
The Polish MSO Multimedia Polska says it ended Q1 with just over one million RGUs (Revenue Generating Units), over 39,000 more than three months earlier and over 140,000 more than a year previously.
Digital subscriber growth and demand for triple play services grew revenues at Unitymedia by 19% in 2007 to €760 million. The German cablenet serving North Rhine Westphalia and Hessen reported a 14% increase in adjusted EBITDA at €333 million.
BUDAPEST BUSINESS BREAKFAST: UPC has provided rollout details of its new digital cable service in Hungary, which made its debut at the beginning of this month.