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Mediaset up on pay-TV

Mediaset Premium, Mediaset’s pay TV arm, grew sales by 61.4 per cent year-on-year to €342.5 million for the nine months to September.  It had 3.3 million subscribers compared to 2.9 million a year ago. Mediaset group had revenues of €3.046 billion, up 14.6 per cent for the first nine months, and a net profit of […]

November 10, 2010

Telekom Austria IPTV up 50%

AonTV, Telekom Austria’s IPTV service added 55.3 per cent more subs to reach 134,000 at September. Telekom Austria said its multi-play product packages had stemmed the loss of fixed lines during the third quarter to only 1,200. Telekom Austria’s fixed-line broadband base grew by 13.9 per cent year-on-year to 1.1 million lines.  Telekom Austria posted […]

November 10, 2010

US networks try to ban FilmOn

Four top US TV networks have asked a federal court to stop the Internet video service FilmOn.com from offering TV channels over the web and on Apple’s iPad for free. FilmOn.com was launched in September by British entrepreneur Alki David. The network’s suit comes as start-ups have sought to bypass traditional media companies by offering […]

November 10, 2010

Cheetah Technologies and NCTC execute master purchase agreement

Cheetah Technologies, LP, an expert in network performance and video quality management solutions, today announced that it has entered into a relationship with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) that is designed to expedite the availability of Cheetah products and solutions to NCTC members. Under the terms of the Master Purchase Agreement, Cheetah will work […]

November 10, 2010

Ofcom progresses ‘white space’

Ofcom has expanded on how a new form of wireless communication called “white space technology” will work in practice. This follows an earlier consultation, exploring the potential of the technology, which could be used for a wide range of applications. The technology works by searching for unused radio waves called “white spaces” between TV channels […]

November 9, 2010

European ad recovery lifts RTL Q3

Europe’s biggest commercial broadcaster RTL Group has posted a lift in third-quarter operating profit driven by strong performance in Germany, France and the Netherlands and said the fourth quarter has started well. The Luxembourg-based company reported that EBITA was E133 million, up 47.8 per cent. Group revenue rose 8.8 per cent to E1.16 billion. RTL […]

November 9, 2010

Economy doesn’t harm satellite take up

According to an NSR study, the global economic crisis did little to slow down the worldwide commercial satellite capacity leasing market. NSR estimates the industry picked up over $400 million in new leasing revenues in 2009, reaching $9.7 billion as of the end of the year. Further, results so far in 2010 indicate the sector […]

November 9, 2010

Digital + slows subs loss

Reporting as a unit of media conglomerate Prisa for the first time, pay-TV operator Digital + played up the success of its PVR proposition, the increase in ARPU and a slowing loss of subscribers. In September, Digital + had 1,772,677 subs, down 73,100 in the nine month period reported compared with a loss of 135,600 […]

November 9, 2010

Telesat mulls sale, or IPO

Canada’s Telesat has confirmed it is looking at a possible IPO, as well as evaluating other potential options for the company. Indeed, either way, it looks like another handsome pay day is in the offing for CEO Dan Goldberg who has considerable experience of migrating satellite operators to a ‘next level’ owner. For example Goldberg […]

November 9, 2010

Sky tops 10m

UK digital satellite platform Sky has reached its target of 10 million TV customers, equivalent to 36 per cent of households in the UK and Ireland. BSkyB set the target in August 2004, since when a further 2.6 million customers have subscribed. Sky TV now reaches more than 25 million people. Around a third of […]

November 8, 2010From Colin Mann in London