Long reads


Interview: Sean Cohan SVP, international, A&E Networks

As A&E Networks’ international business continues to increase its footprint in Europe, Sean Cohan tells Graham Pomphrey about the broadcaster’s growth strategy, the importance of localization and the potential for 3D. A&E Networks has seen its presence in Europe grow this year, despite the tough economic conditions faced by the region. Backed by local partners, […]

Q&A: Dominik Libicki president, Cyfrowy Polsat

Digital TV Europe talked to the head of Europe’s fourth largest DTH pay TV provider about prospects for further growth. What are your priorities for this year? This year constitutes a breakthrough for us due to completing the acquisition of 100% of Telewizja Polsat. Now we are not only the largest satellite platform but also […]

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 […]

Higher vision

HD is now very much a mainstream format, but are channel and content providers ready to switch on to an all-HD future? Anna Tobin reports. The scene is set for HD to take over the world. On the production side, the technology is readily available and stores are stocked with HD-ready TV sets. The question […]

Interview: Mark Hollinger President & CEO, DNI

As Discovery’s international business continues to grow in importance, head of international networks Mark Hollinger spoke to Stuart Thomson about the broadcaster’s plans. Discovery Communications’ international business is growing in strength relative to its maturing US business, driven by strong subscriber and advertising growth in emerging markets such as central and eastern Europe and Latin […]

Taking things further

The proliferation of connected devices like tablets and smartphones, combined with the threat from OTT players, means operators are more acutely aware than ever of the need to launch multiscreen services. Graham Pomphrey reports. Sky Deutschland recently became the latest pay TV operator to launch a multiscreen offering, in a move that CEO Brian Sullivan […]

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