Eastern Europe


IPTV subscriptions top 100 million

Global IPTV subscriber numbers topped 100 million for the first time in the first quarter of this year, according to new stats by research firm Point Topic.  The firm said there were 4.6m new IPTV subscriptions during the Q1 2014 period, taking the total number of subscriptions to 100.9m. This represented 4.8% growth in the […]

Slovak Telekom to expand DTT services in CEE with Intelsat deal

Slovak Telekom has signed a multi-year deal with satellite services firm Intelsat to expand its direct-to-home (DTH) services in central and eastern Europe.  Through the deal, Slovak Telekom will operate multiple transponders at the Intelsat 1˚ West premier video neighbourhood – which reaches 17 million households across 17 northern, central and eastern European countries. Intelsat’s […]

Time Warner taking control at CME

US media giant Time Warner is exerting greater control at Central and Eastern Europe-focussed broadcast group CME, and is set to increase its ownership stake further this month as a series of complex financial transactions play out. Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes has talked about the “interesting long-term opportunities” at CME and a rights offering […]

IPTV subscriber numbers grow 21% in 2013

Global IPTV subscriber numbers grew by 21% last year, reaching 96 million at the end of 2013, according to figures released by the Broadband Forum.  The international non-profit organisation said that the figures, compiled by Point Topic, showed that 17 million new subscribers signed up for IPTV in the year. It also said that at […]

New finance chief for Discovery Networks CEEMEA

Discovery Networks has named a new chief financial officer for central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA). Rafal Ogrodnik, who was previously finance director for central Europe at Avon Cosmetics Europe, will take over his new role from February 1. He will be based in Warsaw and will report to Doug Baker, […]

Consumers moving to on-demand but bundling still makes sense, says Discovery

Polish and other central and eastern European customers are increasingly looking to non-linear and advanced TV services, but bundled pay TV remains key to the success of content providers and guarantees continued investment in high value content, according to Mark Hollinger, president and CEO of Discovery Networks International.  Speaking at the Digital TV CEE conference […]

Eastern Europe set for digital TV boom

The number of digital TV homes in Eastern Europe will double between now and 2018 and pay TV revenues will increase by almost a third in the same period, according to new research. Digital TV Research is forecasting that the number of digital homes in the region will reach 121 million by 2018, with 13 […]

Chello signs ShortsTV distribution deal

Chello Central Europe will distribute the Shorts TV short movie network in Central and Eastern Europe, through a deal with the channel’s owner Shorts International.  Chello Central Europe will distribute the HD version of ShortsTV in Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Balkans. The deal follows ShortsTV’s move into Romania in […]