AMC to roll out streaming service AMC+ in CEE next year

AMC exec Levente Málnay has confirmed that his company is to roll out its streaming service AMC+ across Central and Eastern Europe next year. Málnay, who was speaking here at NEM Dubrovnik, told delegates that the streamer would be rolled out next year and offer a raft of US shows and selected local content to […]

NEM: Mediapro respond to Serie A soccer rights ruling

At Croatia’s New Market Europe (NEM), Mediapro’s acquisitions exec Alex Pinheiro Rotter (right) responded to the latest ruling which saw the company lose its broadcasting rights of Italy’s Serie A soccer matches. In a panel where execs discussed which parties are keeping football rights prices so high, Pinheiro Rotter responded to the latest ruling that […]

NEM sets schedule ahead of Dubrovnik event

Visitors to New Europe Market (NEM) in Dubrovnik this month can expect lively debate on six key topics – ranging from eSports to the future of free-to-air channels. The event, which will be held from June 12 to 15, will feature a panel looking at whether eSports could pose a threat to traditional sports and […]

NEM: CEE players mull Netflix rival, but face significant challenges

Regional broadcasters face multiple challenges in launching local SVOD services in CEE, but may have an opportunity to experiment with new on-demand windows for content that is created for free-to-air broadcast, according to a panel of broadcasters at the NEM event in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Pete Smith, managing director of Greece-based pan-regional broadcaster Antenna Group said […]

NEM: non-linear growth causing disconnect between operators and channels

Growth in demand for non-linear and multiscreen viewing is leading to a growing disconnect between channel providers and TV operators, according to a panel of operators and content providers at the NEM. Speaking at the event in Croatia this morning, the operators on the panel called for more focus on providing comprehensive rights to cover […]

NEM: Netflix ‘irrelevant’ for CEE

Netflix’s content has little appeal for CEE audiences, and OTT is currently only really useful as a way for pay TV providers to deliver catch-up and multiscreen services, attendees at the NEM heard this morning. Speaking on a panel on DTH and OTT at the event in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Stanislav Georgiev, head of broadcast at […]

NEM: OTT ‘will not make money’ in CEE

OTT in central and eastern Europe faces significant challenges and players in the OTT market are unlikely to see significant revenues from services in the medium term, according to executives from the region taking part in a panel debate at the NEM event in Dubrovnik, Croatia, this morning. Drazen Mavric, head of the management board […]

CME’s Mainusch: DTT has no future

Digital-terrestrial TV has no future and governments should not invest in DVB-T2 to the disadvantage of other platforms, according to CME’s Christophe Mainusch. The co-CEO of CEE broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME) said governments should deregulate broadcasting and in particular remove restrictions on advertising minutes as viewers now have the choice of turning to […]

Exclusive sports deals ‘not sustainable’ if prices go on rising

TV platform operators – at least in smaller markets – are increasingly like to step back from acquiring exclusive premium sports rights as new players like Eurosport-owner Discovery Communications drive prices up, attendees at NEM in Dubrovnik heard this morning. Speaking on a panel session at the Croatian event, Richard Breskovic, director of marketing at […]