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UPC Hungary: 80% YouTube STB take-up

The percentage of available subscribers accessing YouTube via existing STBs in UPC Hungary has risen substantially to 80 per cent, according to Arpad Jordan, CTO, UPC Central and Eastern Europe. Addressing delegates at the OTTtv World Summit in London, Jordan admitted that from previous experience, UPC expected something around 30 per cent to 40 per cent of take-up rate. “What […]

Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. The investigation will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September. As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom […]

Tele Columbus growth accelerates

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Tele Columbus Group, the third largest German cable network operator, continues to deliver on its strategy of profitable and accelerating growth over the first nine months of this financial year. Revenues grew by 3.8 per cent to €159.3 million in the nine months ended September 30th 2014 compared to the same period 2013. Normalised EBITDA increased by 10 per cent […]

US Q3 pay-TV subs down 150K

Finding from Leichtman Research Group suggest that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 95 per cent of the market –lost about 150,000 net video subscribers in Q3 2014, compared to a loss of about 25,000 video subscribers in Q3 2013, and more net losses than in any previous third quarter. The top pay-TV providers account […]

Mediapro lines up LatAm F1 channel

Spanish multimedia communications group Mediapro is to launch a 24 hour Formula One channel for the entire Latin American region (except Brazil) in 2015 devoted to everything surrounding and related to the championship. The new channel, which will be produced and distributed with Direct TV, will offer live broadcasts of all the Grand Prix races, 10 of which will be […]

Oregan joins RDK community

Oregan Networks, a specialist in pay-TV systems, has become a member of the RDK (Reference Design Kit), a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment from TV service providers, and announced a strategic intent to align its engineering expertise and services with RDK’s initiatives. The RDK is supported by more than 180 licensees including CE […]

CNN to quit Russia

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BBC Monitoring is reporting that CNN is to leave Russia at the end of the year. Reportedly CNN’s local MD has sent a letter to assorted cable and DTH broadcasters saying: “With this letter we inform you that Turner is stopping the distribution of the CNN International television channel on the territory of the Russian Federation from 31 December 2014”. […]

Obamacare for the Internet?

When prospective Republican Presidential nominee Ted Cruz was searching for an insult to describe President Obama’s clear support of the Neutral Netters he spat out “It’s Obamacare for the Internet”. That’s a phrase guaranteed to jar like fingernails down a blackboard over here in Europe. We (in the UK and the US) are two nations ‘separated by a common language’ […]

Telco gains offset US TV subs decline

The latest informitv Multiscreen Index shows that gains by telco providers in the US substantially offset subscriber losses among leading cable and satellite television services. In the third quarter, there was a net loss of

Liberty Global completes tender offer for Ziggo

Liberty Global has completed its tender offer for Dutch cable operator Ziggo and will now own 100 per cent of the firm’s outstanding shares. CEO Mike Fries confirmed that Liberty will immediately begin the integration of Ziggo and UPC Netherlands. “As we leverage the incremental scale provided by Ziggo, which will expand our total customer base to 27 million households […]

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