Modern Times nets Champions League rights

Modern Times Group has picked up Champions League soccer rights for the Czech Republic. MTG has taken free and pay TV and mobile and internet rights. Live games will be transmitted on the Prima Cool channel. The deal runs until 2015. MTG already has Champions League soccer rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, […]

MTG to sell Bet24

Modern Times Group is to sell its European betting division Bet24 as it looks to focus on its core broadcasting operations. The pan European broadcaster has sold Bet24, which is part of its Nordic Betting subsidiary, to Unibet Group for €13.5 million. The transaction is currently subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be […]

TeliaSonera International Carrier to deliver NHL for Viasat

TeliaSonera International Carrier is to deliver NHL ice-hockey games to Viasat Broadcasting in Stockholm under a five-year deal. TeliaSonera will deliver 35 match feeds to Viasat. The company chose Snell to supply of its Alchemist frame rate convertors for fast motion HD sport broadcasts. Encompass Digital Media was chosen to provide the US contribution feeds.

Viaplay launches in Russia

Modern Times Group has launched its Viaplay online pay TV service in Russia. The service was previously available in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The service, which is being made available via broadband internet across Russia, delivers an online on-demand subscription service, offering unlimited on-demand access to streamed TV series and documentaries, as well as […]

Viasat Broadcasting appoints programming chief

Viasat Broadcasting has appointed Jakob Mejlhede as senior vice-president of acquisitions and programming. Mejlhede has worked at Viasat Broadcasting for five years and takes on his new role with immediate effect. Based in London, he will be responsible for all of Viasat’s programming acquisition and content development for its free and pay TV channels across 35 […]

MTG online deal with Disney and Sony

Modern Times Group-owned online pay TV service Viaplay has struck deals with two major Hollywood studios that will see over 500 movies available. The service has inked deals with The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures Television to make these films available to subscribers across Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. 
 Movies available include Sony’s […]

MTG goes regional in Sweden

Modern Times Group is increasing the number of regional broadcasts for TV3. The Swedish free-to-air channel previously split its offering across six regions. From today that total has been increased to 19. The same content and schedule is available country-wide, but each regional service carries different advertising. MTG said splitting its service in this way […]

Viasat renews NFL deal

Modern Times Group-owned pan regional broadcast group Viasat Broadcasting has renewed its deal to air American football tournament the National Football League (NFL) across Scandinavia. The five year deal will include live broadcast rights on free television and pay television as well as live simulcast rights on mobile phones and online. 
In Sweden, viewers will […]

MTG reports mixed results

Modern Times Group (MTG) added just one thousand new premium subscribers in the Nordic markets last year but sales of value-added services including HD, DVR and multiroom rose more substantially. Despite adding 16,000 new customers in the three months to the end of December, Viasat, MTG’s pay TV operator, ended the year with 1.058 million […]

Modern Times Group acquires Latvia’s LNT

Free and pay TV broadcaster Modern Times Group has acquired Latvia’s second-ranked commercial broadcaster Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija for an undisclosed sum. The company broadcasts national commercial channel LNT, Russian language channel TV5 and entertainment channel LMK. LNT posted revenues of just under €7 million for the first nine months of 2011. Upon completion of the […]