Telekom Slovenia adds raft of new channels including BBC Knowledge

Telekom Slovenia is adding a large number of channels to its SiOL TV programming line-up including, for the first time in Slovenia, BBC Knowledge, and will provide as many as 17 additional HD and five standard-definition channels services in a new upgraded Mega Pack.

In addition to boosting the package with existing HD services Animal Planet HD, Dicovery HD, Food Network HD, iConcerts HD Wild TV HD, Travel HD, ESPN America HD and History HD, Telekom Slovenia will add nine new services: Fashion TV HD, Outdoor HD, Mezzo Live HD, Ginx HD, HD Motorvision, DocuBOX HD, HD FightBOX, FashionBOX HD and MTV HD.

New standard definition channels in the package will include BBC Knowledge exclusively, Crime & Investigation, Jugoton, OBN and Bloomberg. The price of the package will increase by €2.50.

SiOL TV will also offer Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD for an additional €3, while adult channels Hustler HD, EroxHD, EroxxHD ​​and EroxxxHD will be available for €5.

BBC Worldwide Channels has secured a distribution deal with Telekom Slovenia that will see BBC Knowledge air in Slovenia for the first time.

The subtitled feed of BBC Knowledge will join SiOL TV’s extended basic IPTV and basic cable subscription packages on April 1 and reach more than 64,000 subscribers. The channel includes top BBC factual programming such as Stargazing and Human Planet.

Slovenia becomes the fourth territory in Central and Eastern Europe to receive the channel, following launches in Romania (on RCS & RDS and Romtelecom) and Hungary (DIGI) in January; and Cyprus (Cablenet Cyprus) earlier this month.

The deal also represents BBCWW Channels’ third net in Slovenia, coming after the launches of BBC World News and BBC Entertainment.

BBCWW Channels, the international commercial channels arm of the BBC, will “continue feeding the appetite for BBC Knowledge in the CEE region during 2013″, according to its senior VP and general manager, Ian McDonough.


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