Cgates taps Synamedia as it targets video services expansion

Lithuanian cable operator Cgates has tapped video tech specialist Synamedia to provide a range of solutions for its pay TV offerings. Synamedia’s tech will support live and time-shifted viewing on set-top boxes and OTT as Cgates grows its offerings. During the first phase of the pair’s engagement, Cgates went live with Synamedia’s virtualised DCM platform to […]

SPI International strikes deal with Cgates

SPI International/FilmBox has struck a new distribution agreement with Lithuanian cable operator UAB Cgates.  UAB Cgates’ clients will now have access to FilmBox Baltic and FilmBox Arthouse channels when they subscribe to the operator’s thematic movie pack. They will also have access to the Fast&FunBox HD channel when subscribing to the thematic sports pack. FilmBox Baltic and FilmBox Arthouse features Hollywood movies, television series and shows and with movies from directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and others, along with […]

Lithuania’s CGates acquires cable operator Splius

Lithuania’s number two cable operator CGates has agreed the acquisition of local cable operator Splius, subject to regulatory approval. Splius is one of the leading providers of TV and internet services in the western part of Lithuania and ranked among the top five in the country, operating in the city of Klaipeda and the towns […]

New chief for Lithuania’s Cgates

Lithuanian cable operator Cgates’ owners have named Tomas Burovas as its new CEO, replacing Petrą Kirdeiką. Burovas was previously commercial director at the operator, having joined the operator in 2016 from Tele2, where he was in charge of marketing for Lithuania. Mindaugas Utkevičius, chairman of Cgates and a founder of part-owner private-equity fund Livonia Partners, […]

CGates taps Nokia for high-speed routers

Lithuanian cable operator CGates has signed a deal with Nokia that will see it upgrade its core network with Nokia’s latest routers. CGates said it would be the first operator in northern Europe to deploy the routers, which will be installed later this year. The FP4 devices have a processing power of 2.4Tbps and the […]

Lithuania’s CGates moves forward with consolidation strategy

Lithuanian cable operator CGates has acquired smaller operator Transteleservis, which operates TV and broadband services in the towns of Visaginas and Pabradé. The move expands CGates’ consumer base by about 7,000, taking its total to 270,000 across the country. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. CGates’ chief executive, Petras Kirdeika, said that the integration […]

Finland’s Elisa acquires Estonia’s Starman

Finnish telecom and cable group Elisa is to acquire leading Estonian cable operator Starman for €151 million in cash. Elisa acquired Starman from Polaris Invest and Com Holding immediately following the sale by investment group East Capital Explorer of its 63% stake in the operator to Polaris Invest, hitherto a minority shareholder. Polaris had been […]

CGates expands reach with new acquisition

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has completed the acquisition of smaller service provider TPG. The latter provides services in the city of Panevezys in the northern part of the country and the town of Ukmerge in eastern-central Lithuania under the Kateka, Elekta and Teletinklas brands. Completion of the acquisition follows approval of the deal […]

Starman taps SeaChange for multiscreen OTT service

Estonian cable group Starman has tapped SeaChange to supply the technology for its new OTT video service. Starman is using SeaChange’s Adrenalin multiscreen video platform to provide a library of on-demand movies and TV shows, with features including re-start TV and network DVR. Starman launched on-demand TV services in Estonia with a prior version SeaChange […]

CGates launches flexible packages

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has launched flexible channel packages in place of the big basic model it previously offered to TV subscribers. In place of big basic, CGates is offering nine smaller thematic channel packages, which subscribers can combine and modify on a month-by-month basis. The channel packages encompass films, sports, news, entertainment, […]