CEE operators facing competition and consolidation challenges

Intense price competition, including from overbuilders, and barriers to consolidation are among the challenges facing cable operators in central and eastern Europe, according to a panel of regional operator CEOs and content providers at Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday.  Severina Pascu, CEO, UPC Romania and Hungary said the main differences were the lower internet penetration […]

Travel Channel launches on Blizoo Macedonia

Scripps Networks’ Travel Channel has launched in Macedonia on Telekom Austria-owned cable network Blizoo Macedonia. The move means that Travel Channel will be available to all Blizoo Macedonia subscribers with a  basic digital TV package, joining existing Scripps channels Fine Living and Food Network HD. Travel Channel shows available to Macedonian viewers will include World’s […]

HBO Go goes live in Bulgaria

HBO’s on-demand service HBO Go has launched on Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo. The operator’s subscriber base that has a HBO subscription and a broadband internet service will now have access to more than 800 hours of movies and HBO originals, including the latest seasons of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. In Central […]

Blizoo names new CEO

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo has named Yavor Adel is its new CEO. Adel replaces acting CEO Bernt Andersson, who will remain on the management board as senior vice-president. Anderrson took the helm when Istvan Polony left Blizoo in February. Adel founded and developed Pixbox, a photo sharing website for Sweden. He has also worked as […]

Blizoo’s Polony to leave company

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo’s CEO Istvan Polony is to leave the company. Bern Anderson will assume the position of acting CEO and Polony will continue to support the company through a transitional period. Polony (pictured) took the helm at EQT-owned Blizoo in November 2009 following the merger between Eurocom and CableTel that created the company.

Blizoo sees boost from Fiber Power

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo says that orders for its triple-play products have increased by 70% over the first week of its launch of its new Fiber Power brand and a new triple-play service. The company said it intends to launch a new DVR service with EPG search and instant recording to the 25% of its […]

Blizoo launches Fiber Power, new triple-play package

Bulgaria’s leading cable operator Blizoo has launched a new Premium HD triple-play package combining 150 digital channels including 16 HD services, 150Mbps broadband and 5,000 landline telephony minutes per month for BGN59.90 (€30.60). The launch of the new package was timed to coincide with Blizoo’s launch of a new ‘Fiber Power’-branded marketing campaign to attract […]