May 17, 2011
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Telekom Entertain leads German IPTV market
With over 1.3 million subscribers, Deutsche Telekom's service Entertain is the clear leader in the German IPTV market. 02/Hansenet's Alice Home TV lags far behind with just 79,000 connected homes. Vodafone has yet to publish its first figures for its recently launched IPTv service. [Read More]


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DOCSIS push for ONO

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Sky and Virgin reveal 3D strategy
3DTV WORLD FORUM-LONDON. Sky has no plans to offer its dedicated 3DTV channel Sky 3D as a stand-alone service, preferring instead to provide it bundled for HD subscribers. It has also, according to John Cassy, director of Sky 3D, detected evidence that some customers are upgrading in order to receive 3D. [Read More]

Ergen stands down as DISH CEO
Charlie Ergen is to stand down as president and chief executive officer of DISH Network. From next month the posts will be held by Joseph Clayton, while Ergen will stay on as company chairman. [Read More]


First local Freeview carriage deal
Movies4Men has joined Channel M in the dedicated Freeview DTT multiplex for the Greater Manchester area. [Read More]

German HD music channels go Eastward
Astra Platform Services (APS) in Munich has begun to uplink German music channels Unitel Classica HD and Deluxe Lounge HD to the Astra position at 23.5 degrees East for distribution in Central and East [Read More]

Arab League asks Arabsat to block Libyan TV
The Arab foreign ministers have asked the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) to block the transmission of Jamahiriya Satellite Channel and any other channel loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. [Read More]

Record viewership for Eredivisie Live
The Dutch premium football channel Eredivisie Live is claiming a record audience for the weekend finals of 1,198,000 excluding people who watched in pubs and public venues. [Read More]

Penthouse adds second 3D channel
Penthouse Digital Media Productions has launched a soft-core version of its Penthouse 3D channel. [Read More]

Teleste wins German upgrade
Teleste has signed a frame agreement with Immomedianet for the upgrade of 13,200 in the Hamburg area. [Read More]

Philippines considers DVB-T2 switch
Less than a year after adopting the Japanese ISDB standard, the Philippines National Telecommunications Commission is considering a move to DVB-T2. [Read More]

UPC Czech ups 3D offer
The leading Czech cable operator UPC Czech is to offer its subscribers 15 days of live 3D broadcasts of the Roland Garos tennis tournament. [Read More]

CTC Media on buying spree
The Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media has secured a 67% stake in Omsk-based TV Salute for R47 million (EUR1.18 million). [Read More]

Media Broadcast appoints Wolfgang Breuer
Media Broadcast has appointed Wolfgang Breuer as the new technical director from July 1, succeeding Dr. Ulrich Liebenow, who is moving to the position of operations director at German public broadcaster MDR. [Read More]


HbbTV consortium open for membership
Supporters of the HbbTV consortium are being invited to become full members of the organisation. In an email sent on behalf of the steering board it was explained as part of the transitional arrangements towards the opening of membership a number of privileges will be withdrawn from supporters that have not signed up by June 9. [Read More]

Unrest about analogue cable switch-off
Viewers in both The Netherlands and Belgium are concerned about analogue switch-off on their cable nets. In Germany cablers recently said they will continue to support analogue. [Read More]

Pace hit by Tsunami supply aftermath
Pace has issued a profit warning after the set-top box to gateway supplier was hit by a combination of factors, including the Japanese Tsunami. In mid-morning trading the shareprice was down 40% at 89.90p. [Read More]

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