Cable Europe Labs has announced the launch of a European Middleware Initiative aimed at developing a next generation middleware specification for the European cable market. The technology arm of trade association Cable Europe says the move will accelerate the development of an open middleware platform for applications and services.
Announcing its Q3 results, the Belgian operator Telenet has said its digital TV customers typically generate an ARPU which is approximately twice as high as the basic cable television ARPU. This is mainly thanks to on-demand content, the uptake of thematic and premium channel packages, as well as recurring rental fees.
The Dutch version of the Disney Channel will launch in Flanders on Telenet’s cable network and Belgacom TV’s IPTV service, according to the two companies.
Discovery Channel has launched with a localised version on both analogue and digital tiers of the Telenet cable network in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.
The Belgian commercial broadcaster VTM is launching its fourth channel, kids VTM Kzoe, in conjunction with the production house Studio 100. It will be distributed by Telenet.
CTAM EuroSummit – Lisbon. Service, service, service, and keeping the customer happy, was the message of Telenet CEO Duco Sickinghe during his enthusiastic and inspiring keynote at the CTAM EuroSummit.
Under pressure from broadcasters, the Belgian cable operator Telenet has cancelled a plan to offer new episodes from US TV series on its VOD platform brand within 48 hours of the shows appearing on American television.
Telenet has become the latest operator to add the pre-schooler JimJam to its channel line-up, the second operator in Belgium to do so.