Estonia


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 […]

Finland’s Elisa acquires Estonia’s Starman

Finnish telecom and cable group Elisa is to acquire leading Estonian cable operator Starman for €151 million in cash. Elisa acquired Starman from Polaris Invest and Com Holding immediately following the sale by investment group East Capital Explorer of its 63% stake in the operator to Polaris Invest, hitherto a minority shareholder. Polaris had been […]

TV growth provides bright spot for beleaguered Telia

Nordic and Baltic region telecom provider Telia said a strong TV performance in its Sweden contributed to overall growth in its domestic market in the third quarter. Telia had 1.671 million TV customers at the end of the quarter, up 14,000 on the previous quarter and up 68,000 year-on-year. The operator had 752,000 subscribers in […]

CGates expands reach with new acquisition

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has completed the acquisition of smaller service provider TPG. The latter provides services in the city of Panevezys in the northern part of the country and the town of Ukmerge in eastern-central Lithuania under the Kateka, Elekta and Teletinklas brands. Completion of the acquisition follows approval of the deal […]

Starman taps SeaChange for multiscreen OTT service

Estonian cable group Starman has tapped SeaChange to supply the technology for its new OTT video service. Starman is using SeaChange’s Adrenalin multiscreen video platform to provide a library of on-demand movies and TV shows, with features including re-start TV and network DVR. Starman launched on-demand TV services in Estonia with a prior version SeaChange […]

Eurochannel launches on Starman in Estonia

Film channel Eurochannel is launching in Estonia on cable operator Starman’s platform. The launch of the channel will bring European movies subtitled in Estonian to Starman subscribers. The channel will be available as part of the Starman L packages and on an à la carte basis. The addition of Starman to Eurochannel’s list of distributors […]