Greece


United Group’s Nova makes key appointments

United Group-owned Greek pay TV operator Nova has made a series of key management appointments including a new head of its media unit and a new chief commercial officer. Other appointments include a business commercial director and executives to lead functions including marketing, HR and legal. Kiki Silvestriadou has been named CEO of Nova Media. Silvestriadou joins […]

Greek version of MyZen TV launches with Vodafone

Canal+-owned channel distributor Thema has landed a deal to launch MyZen TV on Vodafone Greece’s TV service. The agreement also marks the launch of the localized version of the channel in Greek. Vodafone TV subscribers will get access to the women-skewed lifestyle channel within three packages: Basic, EBT or Basic plus Kids, and Premium – Basic plus […]

Cosmote TV delivers first 5G live broadcast in Greece

Greek telco OTE’s Cosmote TV service has delivered what it says is the first live television broadcast via a 5G network in Greece during the Greek Cup final football match. Cosmote TV’s pilot application included remote control of two robotic cameras and transmission of audio and video via its 5G network, without the use of […]

Antenna TV secures World Cup rights in Greece

Greek commercial broadcaster Antenna TV has secured rights to the FIFA World Cup 2022 following a tender process. Antenna TV will provide daily free-to-air coverage of the tournament, with at least 32 matches, including the opening match, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, to be shown via its primary channel, Ant1TV. All 64 matches of the 2022 […]

Forthnet sees pay TV revenues fall

Greek pay TV operator Forthnet, now wholly owned by Serbia-based United Group, saw its overall subscription base dip slightly in 2020 despite a rise in total retail and wholesale pay TV numbers, but with pay TV revenues falling by 11%. Total subscriptions dipped by 2.7% in the year to December, ending at 868,823, based on […]

Wind Vision launches on web for PC users

Greek service provider Wind Hellas’s Wind Vision TV service is now available via the web for PC users.  The move means that Wind Vision is available on all household screens, with the same advanced functionalities enabled. Via windvision.gr, subscribers can watch Family Pack content of more than 50 pay TV channels with series, kids, documentaries, […]

Nova launches Novasports World for Greeks abroad

Greek pay TV operator Nova has launched: Novasports World, a new channel designed to enhance its Novasports Online service offering. According to Nova, the channel will enhance its Novasports Online offering targeted at Greeks living abroad. Novasports World will  provide the opportunity for Greek expatriates who take Novasports Online to watch all games from the […]

BC Partners strikes deal for United Group to take stake in Forthnet

Private equity group BC Partners has struck an agreement with Greek pay TV outfit Forthnet’s creditor banks that will see BC-owned United Group take a one third stake in the company. The deal will see United Group take on about 50% of Forthnet’s convertible bonds and loan receivables along with shares in the company, initially, […]

Nova extends Discovery deal, adds Food Network

Greek telco Discovery has renewed its exclusive satellite distribution agreement with Discovery, extending the relationship between the companies to over 20 years.  The announcement will see Nova subscribers continue to have access to channels from Discovery’s portfolio of channels including Eurosport – the local broadcaster of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, […]

United Group owner BC Partners set to acquire Greece’s Forthnet

The creditors of indebted Greek service provider Forthnet – owner of the Nova TV pay TV operation – have reportedly entered into exclusive talks with private equity outfit BC Partners, owner of south-eastern European operator United Group, to sell their stake in the company. BC Partners would take on Forthnet’s debt as well as acquiring […]

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