Estonia


New name for Viasat Sport Baltic channel

All Media Baltics, the Providence Equity Partners-backed outfit that took control of Modern Times Group’s assets in the Baltic states last year, has rebranded the Viasat Sport Baltic premium sports channel as TVPlay Sports. The company has said that it will continue the strategy of Viasat Sport Baltic to be the market leader for premium […]

HBO launches in Baltic states on Telia platforms

HBO is launching on Telia’s platforms and Latvia’s LMT network in the Baltic states. In Latvia, HBO will be available on Telia-backed telco Lattelcom’s network and on Lattelecom and Telia-backed mobile operator LMT’s network. The launch will bring content including Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Westworld and True Detective to Latvian subscribers, with most […]

Estonian pubcaster expanding reach of Russian-language channel

Estonian public broadcaster ERR is to expand the reach of its Russian-language channel ETV+ to the entire country. Media and transmission services outfit Levira is transferring the channel from its sixth multiplex, which has limited coverage, to multiplex one, which includes the broadcasters flagship ETV and ETV2 channels. The timing of the transfer has still […]

Estonia targeting potential Brexit broadcast exodus

Estonia has emerged as the latest country to target UK-based broadcasters looking for a new home in the post-Brexit world, following an initiative by Ireland in February. Broadcasters targeting EU countries require a single ‘country of origin’ licence to operate within the Union. The UK has dominated this market in the past, but with Brexit […]

Latvian government to respond as Telia warns it could sell up

Latvian prime minister Māris Kučinskis has said he will respond by November to Nordic telco Telia’s threat to sell its stakes in mobile operator LMT and fixed-line telco Lattelecom if the Latvian government blocks the planned merger of the pair. Telia has promoted the combination of the fixed and mobile companies in order to drive convergence […]

Elisa taps Netgem for Estonian Binge

Finland’s Elisa, owner of Estonian cable and mutliplay operator Starman Group, has tapped Netgem to provide the technology for the pair’s new multiscreen TV service, Binge TV. Binge TV was launched at the end of July as the first fruit of Elisa’s acquisition of Starman from its previous owner, East Capital Explorer. The service was […]

Starman unveils new smart TV platform

Estonian cable operator Starman and its Finnish owner Elisa have jointly unveiled a new smart TV platform for Starman customers, designed to help them find relevant content quickly and easily, according to the pair. The new service will offer access to thematic areas focused on music, sports, kids content and adult content as well as […]

Tele2 Estonia teams up with Viasat for TV and internet service

Mobile operator Tele2 Estonia has teamed up with pay TV outfit Viasat to launch a joint TV and internet offering across the country. Tele2 and Viasat will offer two combination packages. A Silver package for €25 a month will include unlimited internet with speeds of up to 30Mbps downstream and 10Mbps upstream along with 25 […]

Telia boosted by solid TV numbers

Nordic telco Telia’s second quarter performance was boosted by a solid growth in TV numbers, although its financial performance in its domestic Swedish market fell short of expectations. Telia has been struggling to recover from a series of scandals that hit it last year over alleged bribery of government officials in Uzbekistan. Telia overall reported […]

Modern Times Group sells Baltic ops as it turns towards digital

Modern Times Group (MTG) is selling its operations in the Baltic states to Providence Equity Partners in a deal that values the free, pay TV and radio businesses at €115 million, or 12 times 2016 earnings before interest and tax. MTG said the sale was part of its plan to transform itself from “a traditional […]

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