Central Europe

Netflix having significant impact in CEE, says IHS Markit

Netflix is having a significant impact on subscription TV in Central and Eastern Europe, even if its penetration lags far behind markets in Western Europe, according to Andrey Popov, home entertainment analyst at IHS Markit. Despite a widespread perception that Netflix is having a negligible impact in CEE because it has not localised its service […]

AMC expands Balkans footprint

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – Central Europe is expanding its Balkans footprint after agreeing a new deal with service provider United Group. AMCNI claims that the AMC channel that it broadcasts in Central and Eastern Europe will now reach nearly one million new homes in the Balkans region, with the affiliate arrangement covering both cable […]

Digital TV CEE: Netflix unlikely to progress in CEE

Netflix is unlikely to make significant headway in most markets in central and Eastern Europe without making significant and probably uneconomic investments in local content, according to a line-up of speakers at the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest. Despite the global SVOD player’s decision to localise its service in Poland, there is still a […]

AMC agrees Croatia, Bulgaria deals with Telekom Austria

AMC is extending its reach in Croatia and Bulgaria thanks to a deal between AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – Central Europe and Telekom Austria Group. The AMC channel launches today via Telekom Austria-owned Croatian operator, VIPnet. In Bulgaria distribution will be extended to mobile operator Mobitel and cable operator Blizoo – both of which are […]

Mixed prospects for CEE pay TV

Almost a third the big pay TV operators in central and eastern Europe will shed subscribers in the next five years with a wider economic slowdown in the region hampering their prospects. The forecast comes from Digital TV Research, which noted low subs fees and consumers switching from pay TV to DTT will impact many […]

Endemol Shine poaches Liberty Global’s CE CFO

Endemol Shine Group has poached Ivan Nash Vila from cable giant Liberty Global to become its CFO. He joins the 21st Century Fox-backed production group having most recently been CFO, central Europe at John Malone’s Liberty. Nash Vila replaces Edwin van Es, a former Endemol exec who had held the CFO post at since late […]

HBO revamps CEE channels, launches third channel

The European division of HBO is refreshing its channels line-up in the Central and Eastern Europe region, rebranding HBO Comedy and launching HBO2 in several countries in the region for the first time. A three-strong line up of linear channels will comprise HBO, HBO2 and HBO3. The core HBO service will carry the latest premium […]

Time Warner taking control at CME

US media giant Time Warner is exerting greater control at Central and Eastern Europe-focussed broadcast group CME, and is set to increase its ownership stake further this month as a series of complex financial transactions play out. Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes has talked about the “interesting long-term opportunities” at CME and a rights offering […]

New finance chief for Discovery Networks CEEMEA

Discovery Networks has named a new chief financial officer for central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA). Rafal Ogrodnik, who was previously finance director for central Europe at Avon Cosmetics Europe, will take over his new role from February 1. He will be based in Warsaw and will report to Doug Baker, […]

Chello signs ShortsTV distribution deal

Chello Central Europe will distribute the Shorts TV short movie network in Central and Eastern Europe, through a deal with the channel’s owner Shorts International.  Chello Central Europe will distribute the HD version of ShortsTV in Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Balkans. The deal follows ShortsTV’s move into Romania in […]