The Swiss cable operators’ industry association Swisscable has changed its name into Suissedigital.
Munich-based media entrepreneur Ralph Piller has acquired German pay-TV channel Silverline Movie Channel and plans to expand the service by increasing distribution, launching an HD version and entering international markets, he told Broadband TV News.
Switzerland’s cable operators continue to gain new customers through their internet access services, but can’t halt the loss of classic cable TV subscriptions caused by the strong competition with IPTV providers.
The Swiss cable operators have gained 95,200 new internet customers last year.
The Swiss cable operators have won a total of 100,300 new internet customers in the past 12 months.
At the end of 2013, Switzerland had more than 2,692,400 cable TV subscribers, down 57,600 from 2,750,700 the previous year.
Internet speeds of 150 Mbps have resulted in uptake of cable internet in Switzerland of over 1 million customers.
Cable networks in Switzerland have grown the number of digital connections in the country by 25% over the last 12 months.
Cable networks in Switzerland recorded growth in all digital services during the third quarter of this year, according to the cable association Swisscable.