Advanced Television


Premiere drops subs

Germany's Premiere increased first quarter losses of E80 million, against E28.1m in Q1 2008. It lost 28,000 subscribers on the quarter, for a total of 2,371,000. ARPU was up E1 at E23.86m. The churn rate was steady but at a high 22.4%. The company said it expects to reverse its decline in subscriber numbers in […]

May 15, 2009

BT Vision 423,000

BT picked up 99,000 broadband customers in the quarter taking its broadband base to 4.8 million. Its Vision IPTV service is now up to 423,000 customers, up from 398,000 at the end of 2008. Vision's VOD is now getting 30 video views a month from each subscribers. BT has said it will cut about 15,000 […]

May 15, 2009

Discovery launches HD network in Latin America

Discovery Networks International, a division of media company Discovery Communications, is expanding its international portfolio of HD networks with the rollout of Discovery HD Theatre, launching on the Sky platform in Brazil this month. This is the first HD offering from Discovery to launch in Latin America, adding Brazil to the list of 30 markets […]

May 15, 2009

BitTorrent still dominant in P2P

BitTorrent has extended its dominance as the most popular file sharing application for unauthorised content, and while infringements in the US have dropped, Spain, Italy and France have surged, according to an annual report on digital piracy issued by BayTSP. The report is based on cumulative data from all of BayTSP's clients, which include movie […]

May 15, 2009

TechniSat goes green

TechniSat has launchesd a new HDTV product family incorporating environmentally conscious, energy saving technology. TechniSat Digital is one of the leading manufacturers of IDTVs, Set-Top-Boxes and digital TV reception equipment in Germany. The new HDTV 32 utilises a new energy saving power supply that allows a standby power requirement of just 0.2 watts.

May 15, 2009

Eutelsat sales increase

France’s Eutelsat, the world’s third-largest satellite operator, has raised its full-year revenue targets after posting a 5.6 per cent increase in third-quarter sales. The company said it now expected full-year sales of E925 million against E910 million previously forecast. The group had already raised its revenue guidance from E900 million to E910 million three months […]

May 15, 2009

ITV sees further fall in revenues

ITV saw its revenues decline 14 per cent in the first three months of this year, and said it now intended to cut costs by a further £40 million (E46m) in 2010. The firm, which announced 600 job cuts two months ago, said revenues for the January to March period totalled £425 million, down from […]

May 15, 2009

EC paves the way for mobile satellite services

The European Commission has selected two operators, Inmarsat Ventures Limited and Solaris Mobile Limited, to provide mobile satellite services across Europe. The services, such as high-speed Internet access, mobile television and radio or emergency communications, will be provided over a specifically reserved spectrum. The Commission says both satellite operators demonstrated an advanced level of technical […]

May 15, 2009

UK report recommends spectrum caps

Lord Carter’s adviser Kip Meek has proposed a radical shakeup of the UK’s airwaves he believes will bring mobile broadband to everyone at twice the speed the communications minister originally envisaged within five years. Meek wants part of the spectrum that will be freed up by the switch-off of analogue television by 2012 – the […]

May 15, 2009

France approves 3-strikes bill

France's National Assembly has approved a bill which requires ISPs to disconnect users who have been caught three times illegally downloading copyright files. The "Creation and Internet" bill was passed by a vote of 296 to 233 by the lower house and will now go before the Senate for final approval. The bill, backed by […]

May 13, 2009