Pay TV Operators


New name for Viasat Sport Baltic channel

All Media Baltics, the Providence Equity Partners-backed outfit that took control of Modern Times Group’s assets in the Baltic states last year, has rebranded the Viasat Sport Baltic premium sports channel as TVPlay Sports. The company has said that it will continue the strategy of Viasat Sport Baltic to be the market leader for premium […]

HBO launches in Baltic states on Telia platforms

HBO is launching on Telia’s platforms and Latvia’s LMT network in the Baltic states. In Latvia, HBO will be available on Telia-backed telco Lattelcom’s network and on Lattelecom and Telia-backed mobile operator LMT’s network. The launch will bring content including Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Westworld and True Detective to Latvian subscribers, with most […]

Telekom to focus on monetising TV in CEE as subscriber growth flattens

Deutsche Telekom will focus on making more money from existing TV subscribers in its markets outside Germany rather than acquiring more customers in “increasingly penetrated” markets, according to chief financial officer Thomas Dannenfeldt. Speaking to analysts after Telekom posted its quarterly results at the end of last week Dannenfeldt said that some of the markets […]

Virgin Media introduces download feature on Virgin TV Go app

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has introduced a new download feature to its Virgin TV Go app. Users of the app will have the ability to download about 2,000 episodes of catch-up and on-demand box-sets from content providers including Fox, ABC and Comedy Central, as well as Virgin TV’s collection of exclusive box-sets such as Kingdom, […]

TV and mobile boost Poland’s Netia

Growth in TV and mobile subscribers helped boost Polish service provider Netia’s mixed set of results for the second quarter. Netia added 4,000 TV revenue-generating units in the quarter, taking its total to 196,000, along with 2,000 mobile customers, taking its total to 146,000. Netia said that 53% of broadband customers on its own network […]

Altice Portugal renews licence with TiVo

Pay TV service provider Altice Portugal has renewed its IP licence with technology outfit TiVo. Altice Portugal’s Meo platform deployed Microsoft Mediaroom – subsequently sold to Ericsson – to power its IPTV service. TiVo became involved in a legal dispute with the Portuguese operator last year, alleging it had failed to pay certain licensing fees […]

Liberty Global has ‘strong turnaround plan’ for UPC Switzerland

Liberty Global’s struggling Swiss business remains “highly cash-generative” with attractive cash-flow, giving the company “strategic options” as the Swiss market “looks to consolidate and rationalise”, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking to analysts as the company posted its Q2 results, Fries said that Liberty had “a pretty strong turnaround plan for Switzerland” but that this […]

Liberty Latin America turns in improved performance

Liberty Latin America, the company split off from Liberty Global to develop its quad-play offering in the Latin American and Caribbean markets, posted an improved performance in the second quarter, adding 61,000 revenue-generating units thanks to strong broadband gains despite ongoing falls in revenue and operating income. The company’s Cable & Wireless unit in the […]

BeIN Media secures English Premier League for another three years

Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Sports has secured rights to English Premier League football in the region for the three seasons from 2019-22. The deal extends BeIN Sports’ grip on the Premier League and makes the pay TV platform the home Premier League football in MENA for at least the next four years. The […]

Deutsche Telekom posts modest TV gains

Deutsche Telekom has recorded a modest increase in its TV base for the quarter to June, with mixed results in its central and eastern European operations, amidst a solid overall performance boosted by its US business. Deutsche Telekom saw its German TV base increase by 1.5% quarter-on-quarter to 3.24 million at the end of June, […]

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