Telenor sells CEE operations to O2 and Nova Group owner PPF

Telenor has agreed to sell its central and eastern European assets to private equity outfit PPF Group for €2.8 billion in a move that will see the Norwegian telco exit its wholly-owned mobile operations in Hungary, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia. PPF owns multi-play provider 02 Czech Republic, which it acquired from Telefónica in 2013, but […]

New CEO for UPC Poland

Robert Redeleanu is to take over from Frans-Willem de Kloet as CEO of Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland. Redeleanu, who is currently CEO of UPC Hungary and Romania, will replace De Kloet, who is leaving the company, on April 1. Redeleanu has served as CEO of UPC Romania since 2013, taking responsibility for the Hungarian operation […]

Magyar Telekom adds ShortsTV to line-up

Deutsche Telekom-owned Hungarian service provider Magyar Telekom has added short movies channel ShortsTV to its content line-up. ShortsTV, which is distributed across the US and Europe, and which features professionally produced live action, animation and documentary short movies from around the world as well as its own original programming, will be available on channel 162 […]

HBO Go launches as OTT TV service in CEE

HBO Go has launched as a direct-to-consumer service in four central European countries. The premium programmer’s streaming service is available from today without a separate pay TV subscription in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. HBO said that HBO Go would continue to be available through local distribution partners. However, consumers in the four […]

Höttges: sports and drama boosting Deutsche Telekom’s TV base

Investment in sports and drama content is helping fuel growth in Deutsche Telekom’s domestic TV base, according to CEO Timotheus Höttges. Hailing the addition of 65,000 subscribers to the Entertain service’s TV base over the last year, Höttges, speaking after the company posed its Q3 figures, said that Telekom’s “broad range of products and services […]

Stranger Things and Netflix top Hungarian in-demand digital originals

Netflix’s supernatural drama Stranger Things is currently the most in-demand digital original in Hungary, according to research outfit Parrot Analytics. The show, which is due to return for a second series later this month, fended off rivals with more than 780,000 ‘demand expressions’ in a week where seven of the top 10 digital series originated […]

Deutsche Telekom passes three million TV customers

Deutsche Telekom had 3.024 million TV customers in Germany at the end of June, up 8.9% year-on-year, and up 2.3% quarter-on-quarter. The figure meant that Telekom’s Entertain service passed the three million milestone for the first time during the quarter. The operator said that its service was the only IPTV platform in the German market […]

Digi to acquire Hungary’s Invitel

Cable and pay TV group Digi is to acquire the retail and small business units of Hungarian service provider Invitel from the group’s owner China-CEE Fund. Romania-based Digi, one of the biggest players in broadband and pay TV in the region, is paying approximately HUF43 billion (€140 million) for Invitel Távközlési Zrt, which posted revenues […]

Fox makes HD services available via HbbTV in Hungary

Fox Networks Group has made more HD content available on Antenna Hungária-owned Hungarian digital-terrestrial pay TV service MinDig TV Extra via HbbTV applications. MinDig TV Extra subscribers can now watch Fox, Nat Geo and Nat Geo Wild shows in HD resolution via HbbTV-connected smart TVs. Viewers can switch to HD resolution of the services by […]

Deutsche Telekom sees TV growth

Deutsche Telekom had 2.955 million pay TV customers in Germany at the end of the first quarter, up 2.6% year-on-year, giving substance to its claim to be the only IPTV service that was growing in the country. The Entertain TV service gained 76,000 subscribers in the quarter, described by the operator as “substantially stronger” than […]

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