Czech Republic

M7’s HD Austria adds new channels

M7 Group-owned Austrian pay TV operator HD Austria has added seven new channels to its offering. The operator has added crime series channel 13th Street HD, entertainment news channel E! Entertainment, kids channel Fix&Foxi TV, music channels Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD, sci-fi channel Syfy HD and general entertainment channel Universal Channel HD to its […]

AMC Networks International extends M7 deal

AMC Networks International – Central and Northern Europe (AMCNI CNE) has extended it long-standing partnership with pay TV operator M7 Group. The new deal comes into effect on March 1, 2018 and will allow subscribers of Skylink in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to continue to access AMCNI CNE’s portfolio of eight TV channels. The […]

HBO Go launches as OTT TV service in CEE

HBO Go has launched as a direct-to-consumer service in four central European countries. The premium programmer’s streaming service is available from today without a separate pay TV subscription in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. HBO said that HBO Go would continue to be available through local distribution partners. However, consumers in the four […]

UPC Czech Republic adds new channels to Horizon offering

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic is adding a raft of new channels, including three from the SPI International/Filmbox staple, to its Horizon advanced TV offering. The operator is adding FightBox HD, DocuBox HD and Fast&FunBox HD from SPI International to the Horizon line-up, along with Mezzo Live HD and Euronews HD. The inclusion […]

Czech cable consolidation in train with Rio acquisition

Investment group Kaprain has acquired the number three Czech cable operator Rio Media, according to local reports. Kaprain already owns the cable network and the move will double its customer base to over 200,000. The transaction is subject to approval by the Czech competition watchdog. Kaprain Group founder Karel Pražák said that the combination […]

Telekom Austria customers become first HEVC pay TV players in Europe

Telekom Austria has completed the upgrade of its white-label DTH satellite platform to the HEVC/H.265 compression format for the Czech and Slovak markets. All video streams on the Telekom Austria direct2home platform for these two markets are now being encoded with HEVC, with High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) for the audio streams. To complete the […]

UPC Czech adds raft of Universal Studios content to MyPrime

Liberty Global-owned UPC Czech Republic has added a raft of series and movies from Universal Studios to its MyPrime premium video line-up. The cable operator will offer series including Mr Robot and Knight Rider as well as movies such as Apollo 13, Jaws and the Back to the Future Trilogy to its subscribers. All movies […]

HBO ups key programming execs

HBO Europe has given more responsibility to a trio of executives as part of a regional restructuring. Jonathan Young, Steve Matthews and Hanka Kastelicova have all been upped to VP roles at the European arm of US premium cable channel HBO following expansion into Spain and the Nordics. News of the promotions comes as HBO […]

MTG sells Czech TV assets to invest in ‘digital transformation’

Modern Times Group has sold its 50% shareholding in Czech free-to-air broadcaster Prima, with plans to invest further in “digital transformation”. Announcing the sale, Nordic free and pay TV broadcaster MTG said it is considering using the proceeds to increase its ownership in Germany-based online games developer InnoGames from 21% to 51%. The sale means MTG is […]

Nangu.TV names new CEO

Interactive TV technology specialist Nangu.TV has named Zdeněk Gerlický as CEO and chairman. Joining nangu.TV in 2007, Gerlický has held the position of CTO for the past four years, implementing a number of projects around Europe. The company said that under his leadership it would continue to develop the Nangu.TV platform, which provides delivery of […]