Czech Republic


Liberty Global sells DTH business to M7

Liberty Global is to sell its central and eastern European DTH business to international pay TV operator M7 Group for €180 million. Liberty’s DTH satellite operations currently serve four central and eastern European markets: Hungary under the UPC Direct Brand, the Czech Republic and Slovakia under the freeSAT brand and Romania under the FocusSat brand. […]

Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic tap MediaKind for TV technology

Deutsche Telekom-owned Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic have chosen MediaKind, the former Ericsson Media Solutions, to provide technology for IPTV services across the two countries. The agreement with Slovak Telekom involves an upgrading of the latter’s existing Magio IPTV service, while T-Mobile Czech Republic is using MediaKind to power its new IPTV service in […]

Deutsche Telekom TV numbers up as convergence fuels growth

Deutsche Telekom said that converged fixed-network and mobile products continued to fuel its customer growth in the third quarter, with TV numbers up across most markets. Deutsche Telekom boosted its TV base in Germany by 6.5% to reach 3.291 million. Quarterly TV revenues were up 5.7% to €373 million. The company said that converged products […]

SPI/FilmBox and Czechia’s Digi TV extend partnership

SPI/FilmBox International and Czech operator Digi TV have extended their existing partnership, with Digi TV to add four extra channels from the FilmBox portfolio. The channel additions are FilmBox Extra HD, FilmBox Family, DocuBox, and FightBox channels, bringing the total SPI/FilmBox portfolio on Digi TV to seven. The new channels will be available via classic DTH satellite broadcasting and also on […]

Viasat World extends reach with M7 deal

Pay TV operator M7 Group is to add channel provider Viasat World’s recently launched Epic Drama service to its Skylink DTH platform from September 1. Joining the Czech and Slovak pay TV service will significantly extend Epic Drama’s reach in the two markets. Skylink is the biggest DTH platform in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, […]

Kagan: Vodafone will look to quad-play in CEE, may sell off DTH

Vodafone is likely to introduce quad-play offerings and may sell off its newly-acquired DTH satellite services in central and eastern Europe, according to S&P Kagan. According to the analyst group, Vodafone may view the introduction of quad-play offerings as advantage in what are competitive and fairly saturated markets in the region. Vodafone’s deal with Liberty […]

AMC Networks appoints Czech and Slovakia country manager

AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe (AMCNI CNE) has appointed former Discovery executive Marcel Mares as country manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Mares will oversee sales and operations in the Czech and Slovak territories where AMCNI CNE distributes 14 channels covering sport, films, series, kids content and infotainment. He will be […]

Vodafone to pay €18.4bn for Liberty Global assets in Europe

Vodafone has agreed to acquire Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania for an enterprise value of €18.4 billion. Vodafone said the deal will create a “converged national challenger to the dominant incumbent in Germany” and claimed that it will also transform its fixed line and convergence strategy in key Central […]

Deutsche Telekom adds to TV base

Deutsche Telekom added 54,000 TV customers in Germany and 27,000 in the rest of Europe in the quarter to March. The company had 3.193 million IPTV and satellite customers in Germany at the end of March and 4.271 million IPTV, satellite and cable customers elsewhere in Europe. In Greece, the operator’s local subsidiary OTE had […]

Czech public broadcaster begins transition to DVB-T2 and HEVC

Czech public broadcaster Ceská Televize is to begin transmitting its signal in the DVB-T2 format from tomorrow, the first major step in the country’s transition to the advanced version of the digital-terrestrial broadcast standard. The broadcaster will simulcast all signals in DVB-T for at least a year, after which it plans to begin shutting down […]