Bulgaria


United Group completes acquisition of Bulgaria’s Vivacom

South-eastern European broadband and pay TV provider United Group has completed the acquisition of Bulgaria’s Vivacom, following approval of the merger by the EC in April. Vivacom has been the largest domestic operator in Bulgaria in terms of revenues for the last seven years. The company has 1.8 million customers to whom it provides a […]

SPI International/Filmbox takes raft of channels to Net1

Channel provider SPI International/Filmbox has struck a deal with Bulgarian telecom operator Net1 that will see 10 channels from SPI’s portfolio made available to Net1 subscribers. The line-up includes SPI’s premium movie channel FilmBox Extra, along with three other movie channels – FilmBox, FilmBox Plus and FilmBox Arthouse – and a range of thematic channels. […]

New satellite pay TV operator for Bulgaria

A new Bulgarian DTH pay TV operator will begin operation on June 1. Neosat will offer around 210 TV channels and will use capacity on BulgariaSat-1, the country’s home-grown satellite that launched three years ago. Both Neosat and BulgariaSat, which is positioned in the 1.9° East orbital slot, are owned by Bulgarian businessman Maxim Zayakov. […]

Vivacom to distribute quartet of Russian international channels

Bulgarian service provider Vivacom is to provide satellite distribution for a quartet of popular Russian TV channels, which it has also added to its domestic pay TV line-up. Vivacom will distribute Russian entertainment channels TNT Russia, TV-3 International, Friday! International and TNT4 International via satellite to pay TV operators across Europe and Asia from the […]

A1 Bulgaria taps Zappware for advanced TV service

A1 Telekom Austria’s Bulgarian operation, A1 Bulgaria, has launched A1 Xplore TV, a new advanced TV service using technology provider Zappware’s video back-office: an end-to-end solution.  The A1 Xplore TV service, based on Zappware’d Nexx 4.0 user experience, provides personalised content from over 80 channels with a seven-day catch-up, offering, an on-demand catalogue and premium […]

United Group expands reach in SE Europe with Vivacom acquisition

United Group, the pay TV and cable service provider that operates across countries of the former Yugoslavia, has agreed to acquire Bulgarian telecom operator Vivacom for a reported €1.2 billion. The pay TV operator, owned by private equity outfit BC Partners since March last year, will acquire Vivacom, expanding its geographic reach and cementing its […]

A1 Telekom Austria sees boost from TV numbers

A1 Telekom Austria’s Q2 was boosted by strong growth in TV numbers across its central and eastern European markets, with the group highlighting the role of TV content, as well as its solutions and connectivity business, in driving up fixed-line revenues. Fixed line revenue-generating units overall grew by 0.5%, with TV and to a lesser […]

Nielsen expands measurement for YouTube app on mobile to 26 new countries

Nielsen has expanded its advertising measurement to YouTube’s mobile app. Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings for YouTube Mobile will be available in 26 new markets: Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and […]

MTG completes Nova sale

Modern Times Group (MTG) has completed the sale of its 95% majority stake in Nova Broadcasting Group in Bulgaria to local buyer Advance Media Group.   The all-cash transaction game Nova an enterprise value of €185 million. MTG said it will use the proceeds of the sale to further develop its global digital entertainment business […]

MTG’s sale of Nova Group gets regulatory approval

MTG’s sale of its 95% shareholding in Bulgaria’s Nova Broadcasting Group to Advance Media Group has received regulatory approval and is expected to close in April 2019. The deal values Nova at €185 million (SEK 1,917 million) and will produce a net capital gain of approximately SEK 1,300 million. MTG said it will use the sale […]