Eutelsat has agreed to sell its 51% stake in Euro Broadband Infrastructure (EBI), the company operating the Ka Sat satellite, and related European broadband business, to its 49% shareholder Viasat for €140 million.
The merger of Viasat with Canal Digital has been completed, bringing to an end three decades of competition between the satellite-based pay-TV operators at 5 degrees East and 1 degree West.
Viasat estimates that more than one million satellite TV viewers in Ukraine continue to use pirated services to gain access to domestic TV channels.
The number of subscribers to the Viasat satellite service in Ukraine now stands at over 100,000.
The Ukrainian regulator National Council has asked Viasat to limit access to Russian TV channels that violate Ukrainian legislation.
The Czech DTH and IPTV operator Digi TV will make the channels Viasat History, Viasat Nature and Viasat Explore available in HD from April 1.
The equestrian sports and lifestyle multiscreen TV network H&C has launched its Swedish channel on Nordic Entertainment Group’s Viasat platform.
Viasat has rebranded a number of its channels in Russia.
Tele2 and Viasat have launched a joint pay-TV service in Estonia that includes local channels no longer available free-to-air and popular foreign sports and film channels.
ViaSat, Eutelsat and Panasonic have lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice seeking an injunction on the proposed service by Inmarsat for WiFi connectivity in planes.