Pay TV Operators


BSkyB secures new Super League deal

BSkyB has signed a new deal securing coverage of Super League rugby for Sky Sports until the end of 2016. Under the deal, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to matches for the 2012-16 seasons. The deal will mean that the satellite broadcaster will have held the rights to Super League rugby for 21 years […]

Telekom Austria completes B.net acquisition

Telekom Austria has announced the closing of the acquisition of Croatian cable operator B.net via its Croatian subsidiary Vipnet. Based on an agreed total purchase price of €93 million, Vipnet today acquired 100% of shares of B.net allowing it to gain full control of the company. 
The acquisition was announced on June 8 and given […]

Changing channels – pay TV broadcasters targeting the CEE region

As the CEE channel environment becomes more competitive, with new digital launches from local as well as international players, so channel providers have to differentiate through strong content and localization to stay ahead. Stuart Thomson reports. International channel providers continue to see central and eastern Europe as a significant growth market, despite the well-publicized economic […]

Expanding horizons – DTH in central and eastern Europe

DTH players look set to dominate the CEE pay TV market in the coming years. Graham Pomphrey reports on how satellite operators, while mindful of economic challenges, are planning for the anticipated growth. Satellite pay TV platforms are making inroads in central and eastern Europe, establishing themselves as viable alternatives to cable in many markets […]

Eastern promise

Digital TV Europe’s CEE 2011 provides its annual statistical overview of the region’s key markets and, over the next few pages, predicts how the pay TV industry is likely to evolve. The pay TV sector in central and eastern Europe came through the global economic crisis relatively unscathed. New services have continued to launch, and  […]

Platform priorities

The effects of the economic crisis and the maturing of some markets is making life challenging for pay TV operators in central and eastern Europe, but there is still significant opportunity for growth. Stuart Thomson & Graham Pomphrey report. The pay TV market in central and eastern Europe is beginning to mature. While there remains […]

Return of the moguls

Liberty Global has secured a second key asset in Germany, subject to regulatory approval, marking the return of John Malone to the country. Meanwhile rival mogul Rupert Murdoch is looking to push forward with Sky. Dieter Brockmeyer reports. US media mogul John Malone was heavily mocked by the German media when he originally set his […]

Volia boosts HD line-up

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added two channels, Outdoor Channel and DanceTrippin TV, to its HD line-up. Outdoor Channel HD is owned by Liberty Global’s Chello Zone. It broadcasts original HD programming dedicated to outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, off-road driving and wilderness adventure. Music channel DanceTrippin TV broadcasts electronic music reviews and live shows. […]