German transmitter network operator Media Broadcast has launched a large-scale trial to evaluate digital terrestrial TV distribution system DVB-T2 in combination with the new compression standard HEVC/H.265 in Berlin.
Switzerland’s national telco Swisscom has taken music channels Trace Urban and Trace Tropical onboard its IPTV platform Swisscom TV.
German direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk will add new HD channels to its line-up this autumn, Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of operating company M7 Deutschland, told Broadband TV News.
Almost one out of three German TV viewers (31%) uses video-on-demand (VOD) services, for example the catch-up TV portals operated by TV broadcasters.
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has won 82,000 new subscribers in Q2 2014 – considerably more than in Q2 2013 (48,000) -, but ended up deeper in the red.
Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Austria will add 10 new HD channels to its cable network in mid-May 2014 and reduce the analogue TV proposition in return.
The Astra satellite system (19.2 degrees East) has reached the milestone of 2 million households in Austria for the first time and stays the leading TV reception method in the Alpine republic.
The Dutch version of Horse & Country TV is launching on SKV, the cablenet of the city of Veendam in the Netherlands.
Gemany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland has surpassed one million HD homes.
South Asian broadcaster Star has selected Arqiva is to support its launch of the UK’s first South Asian HD channel, Star Plus HD Channel.