Bulgaria


Telenor sells CEE operations to O2 and Nova Group owner PPF

Telenor has agreed to sell its central and eastern European assets to private equity outfit PPF Group for €2.8 billion in a move that will see the Norwegian telco exit its wholly-owned mobile operations in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia. PPF owns multi-play provider 02 Czech Republic, which it acquired from Telefónica in 2013, but […]

Vivacom sees IPTV success

Bulgarian telco Vivacom grew its TV base by 9% last year to end 2017 with 447,000 pay TV customers, of which 46% took its IPTV service, up from 42% a year earlier. The company now claims to be the country’s leading IPTV provider, with a 61% market share. The company said that demand was being […]

MTG sells Bulgaria’s Nova Group

MTG has sold its 95% shareholding in Nova Broadcasting Group in Bulgaria in a deal that values the full business at €185 million (SEK 1.83 billion). MTG sold its Nova stake to PPF Group, the investment company controlled by Czech billionaire and businessman Petr Kellner, with the deal forming part of MTG’s ongoing strategic transformation […]

Europol and AAPA shut down illegal streaming network

Europol and the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) have helped to dismantle an illegal IPTV streaming business following raids in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece. Europol said that four people were arrested and 17 houses searched in a strike against a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal business, which allegedly distributed Greek, Cypriot and foreign […]

HBO takes Go direct-to-consumer in seven more CEE countries

HBO is expanding direct-to-consumer distribution of its TV everywhere service to seven more countries in the CEE region. HBO Go is now available as an OTT TV service in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The move follows the launch earlier this month of the service as a direct-to-consumer service in Hungary, […]

Telekom Austria to rebrand all its operations under A1 marque

Telekom Austria is to use its domestic market A1 brand across all its operations in a phased operation that will ultimately see its over 24 million customers consume services via a single brand. The operator said that the rebranding decision was based on “extensive analysis of the market environment and the branding landscape” that identified […]

Vivacom grows IPTV base

Bulgarian service provider Vivacom grew its IPTV subscriber base to 426,000 at the end of June, up from 390,000 a year earlier. The proportion of overall subscribers taking the TV service rose from 40% to 44% in the same period. Vivacom claims to be the leading IPTV operator in Bulgaria. The company is the country’s […]

Telekom Austria sees TV boost

Telekom Austria saw its overall revenue-generating unit numbers boosted by TV during the second quarter, with some TV outperforming broadband in some markets and underperforming it in others. Telekom Austria had 290,100 pay TV customers in Austria at the end of June, up 5.1% year-on-year. Broadband customers dipped slightly by 0.1% to 1.467 million. Overall […]

Spanish police, Europol take down huge illicit Premier League IPTV service

Spanish police and Europol have shut down what is being described as one of Europe’s largest illegal IPTV streaming businesses. A collaborative operation involving Europol, Eurojust, Spanish specialized computer crimes prosecutors, the English Premier League and content security specialist Irdeto resulted in raids in 12 locations in Spain and Bulgaria, with eight invidivuals being arrested […]

TV Connect 2017: Bulgaria’s Unicoms taps Conax and Appear TV for white label OTT

Bulgarian service provider Unicoms Services has tapped Kudelski-owned conditional access provider Conax and video processing specialist Appear TV to provide a white label OTT TV platform, UnyQTV. The new platform supports Unicoms Services expansion into the OTT arena, supported by OTT streaming platform Conax Go Live, pre-integrated with Appear TV’s content processing platform. Unicoms Services […]