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Sogecable 3play to boost subscribers

Spain’s Sogecable, is getting into broadband and voice telephony in an attempt to bolster its subscriber base and boost the country’s lagging pay TV sector. From November it will join forces with telco Telefonica to offer triple-play package Trio Plus, which includes its satellite service Digital Plus. By late September, Sogecable also will launch iPlus, […]

September 21, 2007

Andorra first switch-off

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Principality of Andorra, a small country located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France, has just switched off its analogue TV transmissions, becoming the first country in Europe to do so. Its 85,000 inhabitants now watch only watching digital TV with 20 DTT channels […]

September 21, 2007

$41bn online and mobile advertising by 2011

MultiMedia Intelligence has reported that the new media opportunity of Internet advertising, Internet TV, IPTV advertising, mobile TV advertising and in-game advertising will grow to $41 billion (E29bn) worldwide by 2011. This will more than double the new media advertising segment of 2007, which collectively will reach almost $18 billion worldwide in 2007. The $185 […]

September 20, 2007

Arqiva satellite distribution network to enable Freesat

Arqiva has been awarded a contract by the BBC to help bring Freesat, the free-to-air digital TV platform, to air by March 2008. Arqiva will provide the BBC with an end-to-end distribution solution for the platform management data, which will have fully-redundant back up across dual teleports. Arqiva will implement multiple circuits between two key […]

September 19, 2007

Arsenal signs for Setanta

Arsenal and Setanta have signed a six-year deal for a club channel to be screened on the satellite broadcaster, providing the Premier League club with a new income stream for delayed rights to its matches. The deal mirrors a similar agreement made between Setanta and Liverpool in July, which sees the club’s exclusive channel launched […]

September 19, 2007

Media think-tank for UK

James Purnell, the UK's culture secretary, has announced a new convergence think-tank made up of experts from both inside and outside government. The first task of the think-tank will be to organise a series of public looking first at how to secure open markets and empower consumers. It will move on to look at the […]

September 17, 2007

ICASA new pay-TV licence holders

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has confirmed the winning bidders of the new commercial satellite and cable subscription broadcasting licences. The only surprise was the withdrawal of Sentech from the race, as it was expected that pay-television giant MultiChoice would win and so would Telkom Media which is expected to be MultiChoice's […]

September 17, 2007

ITV double income by 2012

Michael Grade, executive chairman of ITV outlined a five-year, self-funding strategy to increase revenue, improve programming and expand its online audience. Grade's plan – envisaging a doubling of income from ITV Productions to £1.2 billion (E1.71bn) by 2012 and a quintupling of Internet revenue to £150 million within three years – hinged on self-sufficiency. “We […]

September 14, 2007

TV Cabo to add 15 new TV channels

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Portuguese pay-TV operator TV Cabo will launch 15 new channels by the end of the year, taking the total number to 103. Currently, TV Cabo offers its subscribers a total of 87 channels (65 basic, 9 Premium and 13 radio stations) and all of the new channels. Among the new […]

September 14, 2007

TN to produce Setanta Sports News

UK commercial TV news provider ITN is to produce Setanta Sports News when it goes on air later this year. The channel, backed by Setanta Sports and Virgin Media, will be made available to the its three million digital TV subscribers. ITN was brought on board after sports production house TWI pulled out of the […]

September 14, 2007