Polish competition regulator UOKiK has approved the merger between Canal Plus’ Polish subsidiary Cyfra Plus and rival TVN Group, operator of the ‘n’ pay TV platform.
The pair’s strategic partnership will see the creation of a new unified platform with a base of 2.5 million subscribers.
Canal Plus is expected to take up to 40% of N-Vision, the company that controls 51% of TVN Group.
The deal is also expected to give Canal Plus a 51% stake in the merged platform, with TVN holding 32% and Liberty Global holding 17%.
TVN Group said it expected the deal to close before the end of the year. CEO Markus Tellenbach said the integration of the Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ platforms would begin immediately after the deal is completed in order to take advantage of planned synergies.
Belgacom is launching its TV Everywhere platform nationwide next month.
The TV Overal service allows users to watch TV on PCs, tablets and smartphones. From September 3, the service, which has been piloted since July 2011, will launch across Belgium with a 30-channel line-up.
Belgacom’s top tier customers will be able to access the service free of charge, with others being charged €4.95 per month. Access will remain free for all customers during a trial period that ends on October 31. The remote record and EPG services will remain free of charge at all times.
3D channel High TV has launched in Belgium on Telenet’s cable platform.
The channel, which began airing in the US in 2010, airs entertainment shows, news, travel shows from around the world, exclusive dramas, comedies, fitness programmes and movies in 3D.
“We are delighted that we can now offer our subscribers 24/7 high quality native 3D programming,” said Benny Salaets, vice-president, content at Telenet.
Interactive TV company Accedo has partnered with NDS to launch a new solution that enables service providers to develop set-top-box apps and widgets.
The solution will enable pay TV operators to launch their own app store, manage application lifecycle, contextualise content and monetise apps through a connected set-top-box. It lets operators author apps with an open Software Developer Kit (SDK), and enables smooth rendering of apps through an HTML browser integrated with NDS’ MediaHighway set-top-box software.
The solution uses Accedo’s management platform, Accedo Application Sphere, which provides a customisable front-end user interface with multiple existing applications, as well as a back-end system.