Doğan in talks to sell media assets to group close to Turkish president

Turkey’s Doğan Holding, which owns free-to-air channel Kanal D and pay TV platform D-Smart as well as the Hurriyet Gazeteclik newspaper group, is in talks to sell its media arm to Demiroren Holding, a group close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a deal that reportedly values the assets at US$890 million. Demiroren, which is […]

Turner launches Boomerang in Turkey

Turner is launching kids channel Boomerang in Turkey on the D-Smart satellite service and Tivibù IPTV platform. The channel, which will launch on April 23, will bring animated shows including The Tom & Jerry Show, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, Inspector Gadget, Mr Bean and Garfield to Turkish viewers. Boomerang’s Turkish debut will see the channel joining […]

Turkey’s D-Smart strikes Fox deal

Turkey’s D-Smart has inked a movie output deal with Twentieth Century Fox, taking the US studio’s films for its pay TV platform. The deal between Fox and Dogan-owned D-Smart has already kicked in and gives the pay TV operator exclusive rights to all Foxmovies, as well as numerous catalogue titles. Upcoming Fox titles on D-Smart […]

D-Smart taps Broadpeak for OTT support

Turkish DTH provider D-Smart has deployed the umbrellaCDN offering from CDN technology specialist Broadpeak to support its OTT service.  D-Smart is using the CDN selection tool, D-Smart to offload traffic to third-party CDNs in order to address peaks in live video consumption. D-Smart is using the umbrellaCDN offload feature to distribute traffic from its own […]

D-Smart defends decision to drop SinemaTV channels

Turkish pay TV platform D-Smart has defended its decision to drop movie channels from distributor SinemaTV in favour of its own bouquet of premium film and series networks. It claims it has no case to answer despite SinemaTV claiming that thousands of subscribers had complained about the decision. D-Smart said its new channel bouquet was […]

Turkey’s D-Smart scores MGM movies deal

Turkish digital TV platform D-Smart has secured a multi-year movie programming agreement with US studio MGM. The deal gives the Dogan TV Holding-owned D-Smart, which offers frew and pay TV services, exclusive pay TV rights to feature films such as Carrie upcoming sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. D-Smart also gets an extensive number […]

D-Smart signs exclusive first run deal with Sony

Dogan TV Holding-owned Turkish pay TV provider D-Smart has signed a multi-year first run rights deal with Sony Pictures Television, giving it exclusive access to all new movies and series distributed by Sony Pictures Television as well as library products.  The output deal covers movies, series and entertainment programming, across multiple platforms and devices such […]

D-Smart chooses Harmonic for OTT service

Turkish pay TV provider D-Smart has chosen Harmonic to provide technology to support its OTT multiscreen offering. Doğan TV Holding-owned D-Smart chose Harmonic’s ProMedia adaptive bit-rate WFS file-based workflow and MediaGrid shared storage systems. The technology provided by Harmonic enables D-Smart to deliver live, on-demand and catch-up content to devices including TVs, PCs, set-top boxes, […]

D-Smart chooses Broadpeak for OTT service

Turkish pay TV operator D-Smart has chosen CDN technology provider Broadpeak to support its deployment of over-the-top TV services. D-Smart has deployed Broadpeak’s BkS400 video servers to manage its OTT streaming services, using HTTP adaptive streaming technology to stream live and video-on-demand services to approximately two million subscribers on a wide range of devices, including […]

D-Smart’s pay TV base up 50%

Turkish DTH platform D-Smart ended September with 815,000 pay TV subscribers, up 49% year-on-year. The Dogan Group-owned operator also reported 819,000 free-to-air customers, giving it a total TV customer base of 1.6 million. Total broadcasting revenues increased by 19% year-on-year to TRY803 million (€350 million).