May 19, 1997A beautiful day to be working.
Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America’s news service Nastoyashcheye Vremya (Current Time), to its offering.Nastoyashcheye Vremya was launched, initially as a news programme aimed at Russian speakers, by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America as a joint venture in partnership with public and private broadcasters and Internet portals in Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine. It offered a 30-minute news and magazine show as a counter voice to Russian state media.Volia will air the channel in all cities where it is present as part of its digital packages.
Liberty Global’s Austrian unit has completed the digitization of its network. UPC Austria, which completed its digital switchover in a series of steps starting in spring last year, has now switched off analogue signals in Vienna.Over the last year, UPC has converted its networks in Lower Austria, Styria, Upper Austria, Tyrol, Carinthia, Vorarlberg and, more recently, Vienna. The company said that the spectrum freed up by the move would be allocated to expand the availability of high-speed broadband.The move brings UPC’s advanced TV offering, Horizon, including an up-to-date user guide, personal recommendations, apps and the ability to record up to four channels simultaneously to a tranche of new customers. The Horizon service in Austria offers up to 155 TV channels, including 61 HD services.Gerard Schwanzer, VP of consumer marketing, said that the transition had been completed speedily and without complications.