The small Dutch cable operator Kabel Noord will introduce CI Plus early next year. The cabler will sell dedicated CI Plus CAMs through retail at €70 a piece.
The number of digital TV homes in The Netherlands reached 4.56 million at the end of September, 2009. This was equivalent to 57.3% of all television households.
The Swedish investment group EQT V is looking into the possibility of investing in at least two of Poland’s four leading cable operators.
The Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA has set the wholesale prices for the Open Cable access on the UPC and Ziggo networks at €8.84 and €8.46 respectively for analogue resellers. UPC will appeal against the pricing and it is believed Ziggo will follow suit.
UPC Nederland has started digital distribution of a number of local, non-commercial channels. Salto 1 & 2 from Amsterdam, Haarlem 105, Lokale Omroep Landsmeer, Rotterdam TV and ETV (also Rotterdam) are now carried in regional parts of the network.
UPC has launched the catch-up TV service RTL gemist on its networks in The Netherlands. Programmes from RTL 4, 5, 7 and 8 can be requested up to ten days from the original broadcast date.
Liberty Global has posted a net loss of $35.7 million (€24.2 million) for the third quarter, which is a considerable improvement on the $278.3 million recorded in Q3 2008. Its revenues meanwhile amounted to $2,824.2 million, reflecting a 4% rebased growth on a year earlier.
The Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA has published its draft regulation for the opening up of the Ziggo and UPC cable networks to third party resellers. Interested parties can submit their comments until December 11.
UPC has confirmed to Broadband TV News that it is actively considering the introduction of CI Plus modules.
The Dutch cable operator UPC will launch two RTL channels in HD this Thursday (October 15), and early next year two more RTL channels will also start in HD.