SVODs in demand in Nordics, but Netflix is behind

The Nordic markets have among the highest uptake of SVOD services in Europe, but Netflix is struggling, new research has revealed. According to industry expert Ampere Analysis, the average market share of Netflix in the region is just 49%, compared to an average of 71% in the rest of Western Europe. Local players like Viaplay, […]

Mediavision: 48% of Nordic homes use SVOD

Almost half of all Nordic households now subscribe to at least one subscription video-on-demand service, according to Stockholm-based business development consultants Mediavision. The report claims that today 5.3 million Nordic homes, some 48% of the region’s total, now take an SVOD service, an increase of 850,000 new SVOD households compared to the same time last […]

Nordic region’s Canal Digital adds offline viewing

Starting today, customers of Nordic DTH provider Canal Digital can download movies, series and shows to watch offline. This means that content covered by the new feature can be viewed whenever and wherever the user wants, for example when travelling, in places without coverage – and also to save on the use of mobile data. […]

RTL acquires United Screens for €12.4 million

RTL has fully acquired Nordic multiplatform video network, United Screens, for a price of SEK 120 million (€12.4 million). RTL said the deal, which was announced today and closed on January 2, will expand its footprint as “the leading European media company in online video”. As part of the deal RTL said it also plans […]

MTG extends grip on KHL rights

Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its grip on exclusive rights to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in the Nordic region until 2021. The deal means that MTG will continue to air KHL ice hockey in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden for the next four seasons. Matches featuring Finland’s Jokerit team and other selected high-profile […]

Modern Times Group boosted by Nordic TV and InnoGames

Modern Times Group’s Nordic entertainment group and its newly majority-owned games subsidiary InnoGames contributed to strong sales and profitability in the second quarter, with the media outfit posting 5% sales growth of 14% and a 9% increase in profits. MTG posted revenues of SEK4.246 billion (€236 million) from continuing operations for a quarter that excluded […]

Nordic pay TV chief execs out in Canal Digital restructure

Several country chief executives are leaving Nordic pay TV giant Canal Digital in regional restructure. Jarl Söderman, John Nordin and Roger von Zernichow will all leave Canal Digital, the largest pay TV company in the Nordic region, as it centralises management. Söderman has been running the company’s Danish operation, Nordin Sweden and Finland, and von […]

Nordic broadcasters urge UK government to back BBC

Director generals from the Nordic region’s public broadcasters have warned the British government not to weaken the UK’s BBC, claiming there is “a growing need for public service broadcasting”. In an open letter to the government published by The Guardian, the signees said the BBC had shown “an amazing ability to adapt” to the changing […]

MTG reports strong sales, Nordic gains

Modern Times Group (MTG) reported record sales in the first quarter, with lower revenues in its Scandinavian free TV business offset by sales growth in Nordic pay TV and free TV in emerging markets. Announcing the results, MTG said that enhanced efficiency in its traditional business helped to fuel growth in its digital businesses and […]

Bonnier taps Ericsson for C More OTT service

Bonnier Broadcasting has tapped Ericsson to provide the online platform for its under-development C More over-the-top service. The Nordic subscription video-on-demand service, which will include live TV delivered over the web, is due to launch later this year on a number of platforms, including the web, iOS and Android devices. The C More SVOD service […]