Pay TV Operators


MBC to provide content to Orange Jordan TV service

Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC has struck a deal with Orange Jordan that will see it offer a raft of TV series and movies via its mobile TV service. The deal will see programmes including Arab’s Got Talent made available via the service, which includes content from the MBC1 and Al Arabiya channels. Ammar Bakkar, group […]

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD to launch on Sky Deutschland

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD are to launch on Sky Deutschland in Germany and Austria later this year. The two channels will launch on Sky on October 15, exclusive to the News Corp-backed pay TV platform. Entertainment channel Fox HD will air shows including Mad Men and Walking Dead in HD quality, while […]

NMa to investigate KPN acquisition of CAIW

Dutch media regulator the Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit (NMa) has said that the planned acquisition of cable operator CAIW by telco KPN has the potential to reduce competition in the market and should be subject to further investigation. Telecoms regulator OPTA has also concluded that the acquisition should be more closely investigated. If the two companies submit […]

Romtelecom adds trio of Chello channels

Romanian telco Romtelecom has added Chello Central Europe’s TV Paprika, JimJam and MGM TV to its Dolce pay TV platform. Food channel TV Paprika, kids channel JimJam and movie channel MGM TV are available in the Dolce Extra and Dolce Maxim packages. Last week Romtelecom announced that had 1,222,336 TV customers at the end of […]

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 […]