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 […]

MTG launches streaming service in the Baltics

The Modern Times Group is launching its Viaplay streaming service in the Baltics, taking on SVOD giant Netflix, which rolled out in the region earlier this year. The SVOD service will roll out in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as an OTT offering, and on mobile via a partnership with regional telco Tele2.  The service offers […]

Lithuania’s Cgates acquires Remo TV

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has acquired cable operator Remo TV, which operates in the towns of Elektrėnuose and Kaišiadoryse. Remo TV serves about 7,500 homes in the two areas in the Kaunas region in the central part of the country. The latest acquisition follows CGates’ acquisition of regional operator Kava last year, taking […]

East Capital to sell Starman Group to Providence Equity

Nordic investment group East Capital Explorer has struck a deal to sell its entire 63% in pan-Baltic cable operation Starman Group to Providence Equity. The agreement in principle would see East Capital Explorer sell its stake in Starman for an upfront payment of €81 million in cash with the potential of an additional earn-out of […]

MTG turns in solid result despite Russian reversal

Modern Times Group has delivered fourth quarter profits in line with analyst forecasts after a tough year that has seen the forced sale of its stake in Russian broadcaster CTC Media and the sale of its Russian and central and eastern European pay TV businesses. MTG posted net sales of SEK4.54 billion (€487 million) for […]

TeliaSonera sees TV base grow

Nordic telco TeliaSonera saw its Swedish and international TV numbers edge up in the final quarter of last year, with TV customers in Sweden rising from 713,000 to 730,000 quarter-on-quarter, and international TV subscribers rising from 890,000 to 900,000. Only in Finland did TeliaSonera see a decline in its TV base, with numbers falling from […]

Levira building new data centre

Estonian media services group Levira is building a new data centre at the Tallinn TV Tower. The 300 square metres centre will have the capacity for 50 server racks and will comply with international data centre standar4ds TIER and ISO 27002-2008, according to the company. The new centre will be providing server and rack hosting […]

Lattelecom passes TV subscriber milestone

Latvian telco Lattelecom has passed the milestone of 200,000 TV customers. The 200,000th customer, Kristers Grečs, received a free TV from Lattelecom chairman Juris Gulbis at Lattelecom’s customer service centre in Liepājā, the country’s third largest city. Lattelecom’s owner TeliaSonera controls the leading telcos in all three Baltic States. In Estonia, Elion reported 171,000 TV customers […]

TeliaSonera sees modest TV growth

TeliaSonera saw respectable growth in its pay TV numbers across its domestic Swedish market and most other European markets in the quarter to September, but the group’s overall performance was dragged down by its Eurasian operations, and in particular by price pressure on its operation in Kazakhstan. In Sweden, TeliaSonera added a net 4,000 TV […]