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 […]

Telia Lithuania begins shutdown of DTT following LTE 4G TV launch

Telia Lithuania has begun shutting down its digital-terrestrial pay TV offering, which has seen a fall-off in usage in favour of IPTV in recent years. Telia said that its Smart TV offering, which is available over its fixed network and – since June – via its LTE 4G network, was now available to 99% of […]

Lithuanian pubcaster names new CEO

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė as its new CEO. Garbačiauskaitė-Budriené was appointed by the LRT Council for a five-year term from a field of 11 candidates. She replaces Audrius Siaurusevičius, who has headed the broadcaster for two consecutive terms and reportedly had wanted to continue in his role. Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, a journalist, was […]

EBU concerned about political pressure on Lithuanian pubcaster

European public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU has expressed concern about political pressure being exerted on Lithuanian pubcaster LRT. The EBU highlighted the creation of an ad hoc investative commission by the Lithuanian parliament to look into the management, finances and economic activities of the broadcaster, which the EBU said was placing “an excessive burden” on […]

New chief for Lithuania’s Cgates

Lithuanian cable operator Cgates’ owners have named Tomas Burovas as its new CEO, replacing Petrą Kirdeiką. Burovas was previously commercial director at the operator, having joined the operator in 2016 from Tele2, where he was in charge of marketing for Lithuania. Mindaugas Utkevičius, chairman of Cgates and a founder of part-owner private-equity fund Livonia Partners, […]

CGates taps Nokia for high-speed routers

Lithuanian cable operator CGates has signed a deal with Nokia that will see it upgrade its core network with Nokia’s latest routers. CGates said it would be the first operator in northern Europe to deploy the routers, which will be installed later this year. The FP4 devices have a processing power of 2.4Tbps and the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eurochannel expands in the Baltics

European cinema TV channel, Eurochannel, has expanded its footprint in the Baltics after agreeing a deal with Lithuanian pay TV operator Telia. Telia subscribers to the ‘movie package’ or ‘my package’ offerings can now access the Lithuanian version of Eurochannel on slot number 16 of the electronic programming guide. “As part of Eurochannel constant expansion […]

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 […]