Digital TV CEE

Digital TV CEE: award winners named

Bill Wijdeveld, VP of business development at M7 Group, was named as Digital TV CEE Industry Leader of the Year at the Digital TV CEE Awards, which were presented at this week’s conference in Budapest. Wijdeveld was recognised for his role in developing the company’s hybrid TV offering. Thomas Staneker, head of the TV technical service centre […]

CEE audiences turning away from national channels

Mainstream national TV channels are losing their grip on viewers across central and eastern Europe as people turn to niche and thematic channels, according to Marcin Boroszko, CEO and president of the board at Poland-based advertising sales specialist Atmedia Group. Speaking at the Digital TV CEE Summit in Budapest at the end of last week, […]

TV remains at forefront of cable business, say CEE operators

TV remains at the forefront of what cable operators in central and eastern Europe are offering and is even becoming more important within the bundle of products that they offer, but bundling strategies are likely to evolve, according to a panel of cable marketing executives at the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest yesterday. TV […]

OTT in CEE to grow rapidly from low base

Internet-enabled TVs should in CEE should exceed 20 million by 2018, and will be the most high-growth category of devices in the region, according to research group Ovum. Media streamers will see high growth from 2016-17 from a low base to around six million by 2018, while other device types will also grow from a […]

CEE investors “looking for stable cash flow”

With continued access to funding, trends from last year – and with M&A driven primarily by the availability of funding – the pattern of consolidation and investment in cable and telcoms seen last year will continue in 2014-15, with investors looking for stability of cash flows more than long-term growth prospects, according to Piotr Nocen, […]

Divan.TV to be first Russian service on Chromecast

Russian and Ukrainian-language OTT platform Divan.TV, which offers a combination of live TV and subscription video-on-demand channels to Russian and Ukrainian speakers worldwide, will launch on Google’s Chromecast platform in July as the first Russian language service on the platform, according to Andrey Kolodyuk, founder of Divan.TV and managing partner, AVentures Capital, speaking at the […]

Play to launch 4K OTT service, plans to expand internationally

Russian OTT service provider Play plans to introduce a 4K service later this year, focusing initially on an electronic sell-through model, according to Leonid Belyaev, CEO. The OTT operator also plans to unveil a new linear channel-based offering next month and to launch a premium offering to international markets, possibly next year. Speaking on the […]