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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 […]

KPN acquires remaining 40% stake in Reggefiber

KPN has reached an agreement with joint-venture partner Reggeborgh to acquire the remaining 40 per cent stake in Reggefiber and obtain 100 per cent ownership for €610 million. Joost Farwerck, Member Board of Management KPN, commented: “We are pleased to have obtained full ownership of Reggefiber and aim to learn and make use of the vast amount of expertise which […]

TalkTalk goes quadplay

TalkTalk has struck an MVNO deal with Telefónica UK to launch mobile services over its network as it plans a quad play package. Dido Harding, chief executive, told the FT: “We see the market genuinely moving to quad play. This will accelerate that business rapidly.” TalkTalk and Telefónica are expected to announce the deal this week, TalkTalk is expected to […]

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 […]

Ofcom: 4G for 98% of UK in 2017

Ofcom has published its first in the UK since the 4G auction in 2013. The research measured the performance of 4G and 3G services on smartphones from the four main mobile operators – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. Helping to improve mobile coverage and quality of service are important objectives for Ofcom. […]

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 […]

Apax, Bain gatecrash PT bid



Private equity firms Apax Partners and Bain Capital have made a €7.075 billion offer for the Portuguese assets of  Oi, the Brazilian telecoms group, rivalling the €7.025 billion bid from Altice, the European cable group and the bid from Isabel dos Santos. Oi, the largest landline carrier in Brazil, said that the joint offer included two €400 million deferred payments […]

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