Belgian cable operator Telenet continues to resist the proposed Open Cable regulation, proposed by the national telecoms authority BIPT and the regional media authorities. “Even though the revised proposal has taken into account a number of the concerns expressed by the cable operators, it is still largely inadequate and outdated,” according to the cabler.
At the end of March 2011, 57% of Telenet’s TV subscriber base had switched to digital TV, with the number of digital TV subscribers reaching 1,286,800. The total number of TV homes was 2,253,700, representing a loss of 20,300 basic cable television subscribers during the first quarter.
The Belgian copyright societies SACD and SCAM are to appeal against the decison by the Belgian court of first instance in Mechelen over payments made by the cable operator Telenet. It is believed other societies and associations involved will follow suit.
In a landmark decision, the Belgian court of first instance in Mechelen has ruled that Telenet does not have to pay any additional rights to collecting societies including Agicoa, BAVP, SABAM and others. The court deemed a so-called ‘all rights included’ (ARI) contract with the broadcaster to be sufficient.
The Belgian competition authority (Raad voor de Mededinging van België) has said it agrees with the market analysis of the broadcast market by telecoms regulator BIPT and the regional media authorities VRM (Flanders), CSA (Walloon) and Medienrat (German speaking part).
Belgian cable operator Telenet is no longer on the shortlist of potential buyers of the Belgian networks of Numericable, according to local newspaper De Tijd citing anonymous sources.
Belgian cable operator Telenet is looking for partnerships with Walloon operator VOO, owned by Tecteo. “In the future, one of the important areas on which we want to work would be to find areas of agreement and partnership with VOO,” Telenet CEO Duco Sickinghe, told Le Soir.
Over 1,000,000 viewing sessions have taken place since last December’s launch of the Yelo online TV platform.
Ronny Verhelst is leaving Telenet to become CEO of German cable company TeleColumbus.
Belgian cable operator Telenet has announced it will add two new products to its internet product range as of January 17. Known as Fibernet 40 and Fibernet 60, they will be both based on the DOCSIS 3.0 standard for fast internet access.