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Showmax partners with Play in Poland

Naspers-owned video-on-demand service, Showmax, has partnered with Polish mobile operator Play. All new and existing Play contract customers will get free access to Showmax, which launched its internet TV offering in Poland in February. The agreement will make Showmax available to some 8 million Play customers and is part of Showmax’s plan to accelerate the rollout […]

Telenet reports 15% increase in SVOD as TV numbers fall

Liberty Global-owned Belgian cable operator Telenet reported a 15% year-on-year increase in users to its subscription VOD packages, Play and Play More, in Q1 as TV customer numbers dropped. Telenet said that it ended the quarter with 361,600 SVOD package customers  and attributed the increase, in part, to the revamp of its premium entertainment platform […]

TV Connect 2017: CEE operators yet to make full use of data analytics

Pay TV operators in central and eastern Europe in the midst of rolling out non-linear OTT-based digital services have still to make full use of consumer data and analytics to tune their offerings to what customers want, attendees at the TV Connect event in London heard yesterday. Taking part in a panel session on ‘The […]

The QYou launches in Poland

The QYou is due to launch in Poland after agreeing to deliver its content to subscribers of Play Poland’s recently launched OTT service, Play NOW. The linear channel deal with Play Poland will make youth broadcaster The QYou’s curated line-up of short-form internet content to Play NOW subscribers. This deal marks a further expansion of […]

MTG reorganises online services under Viafree

The Modern Times Group is reorganising its online and ad-funded services, replacing the Play brand and putting all of these services under the Viafree banner. The broadcast group is rolling out the Viafree brand, which will sit alongside the paid-for Viaplay SVOD service. In Sweden the company said that as part of the Viafree launch, […]

Cyfrowy Polsat offers HBO Go to LTE subscribers

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has made the HBO Go mobile TV service from premium channel provider HBO available to its LTE mobile broadband subscribers. Customers who sign up for Cyfrowy Polsat’s LTE offering can receive HBO Go without a contract for PLN20 (€10.45) a month. The operator’s LTE plus HBO Go offering costs […]

KPN launches OTT service Play

Dutch telco KPN has launched subscription OTT service Play, offering a range of popular live TV channels and on-demand content for €11.99 a month for the first year, without an ongoing contract commitment. KPN has launched the service, following a closed beta trial with about 2,000 users. The telco is offering 22 linear TV channels […]

Netia teams up with P4 for quad-play

Polish triple-play service provider Netia has teamed up with local mobile provider P4 to deliver mobile services to its customers.  Netia chose to team up with P4, which operates the Play service, after several months of negotiations with both P4 and rival operator Polkomtel. Netia CEO Adam Sawicki said that Play was “the most attractive […]

Okko first with Expendables 3 in 4K

Russian OTT TV service Okko, previously known as Play, is to premiere Hollywood movie The Expendables 3 in 4K – a first for Russia and the global premiere of the movie in the 4K format on smart TV. The Expendables 3 in 4K will be available to users of LG UHD smart TVs from this […]

Inea teams up with Play

Polish cable operator Inea has struck a partnership with mobile service provider Play to develop MVNO-based mobile services. The deal will enable Inea to offer 4G services to its customers, targeting a wider base than those who have taken up its existing low-cost mobile offering. Inea president Janusz Kosinski said mobile services were a natural […]