Antena slams CEO blackmail charges

Romanian free-to-air broadcaster Antena has said the arrest of its CEO violated several of his rights and alleged the charges are ‘abusive’. Sorin Alexandrescu was detained last Thursday (May 30) after allegedly blackmailing another media executive. Prosecutors are reportedly calling for a 29-day arrest warrant that would in turn lead to charges and a trial. […]

New low-cost DTH service for Romania

Freesat, a new low-cost digital platform for Romania, has launched on the Eutelsat 16A satellite. Freesat joins the already crowded Romanian DTH market with a very low-cost offering, providing a range of standard and HD channels for an annual subscription of RON99 (€23) and the purchase of a conditional access smartcard. The platform includes popular […]

Romania sees TV service provider growth, digital progress

Romanian TV retransmission services including cable, satellite and IPTV systems served over six million homes, representing total household penetration of over 85%, at the end of 2012, according to a survey by regulator ANCOM. Cable networks grew 6.4% year-on-year to 3.8 million subscribers, with cable penetration now standing at 53.6%. DTH grew by 2.3% to […]

UPC DTH adds Travel Channel HD to pay TV line-up

Pay TV operator UPC DTH is adding Travel Channel HD to its programming line-up on UPC Direct in Hungary, freeSAT in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Focus Sat in Romania. The channel will join UPC DTH’s platforms on May 1. The operator said it was committed to increase the number of HD channels in […]

Romtelecom appoints new CEO

Romanian pay TV provider Romtelecom has appointed Nikolai Beckers, formerly chief executive of information and communications technology firm T-Systems France, as its CEO. In his new role Beckers also takes on CEO duties for Cosmote Romania, Romtelecom’s mobile arm, and replaces the former CEO of each Stefanos Theocharopoulos. Theocharopoulos now becomes group chief technology and operations […]

AXN Spin launches in Romania

Romtelecom has added Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPT) channel AXN Spin to its programming line-up.  The channel, which targets adolescents and young adults with a mix of entertainment programming including Teen Wolf and 90210, will be available on Romtelecom’s basic packages, joining existing SPT channels AXN, AXN Crime and AXN Sci-Fi). AXN Spin has already […]

Half of CEE mobile owners “interested in mobile TV”

Half of mobile phone owners in five central and eastern European countries have expressed a strong internet in watching TV on their mobile phones in a study conducted by mobile TV specialist Vidiator. Half of respondents expressed a “definitive interest” in viewing TV on mobiles, with the figure rising to 69% in Romania. Fifteen per […]

Shorts TV gains carriage in Romania and East Africa

Short film channel Shorts TV has launched on Romtelecom in Romania and on the Zuku satellite platform in eastern Africa. In Romania, the channel will be available on all Romtelecom’s TV services, comprising its own IPTV and DTH services and the cable service of affiliate NextGen. Shorts TV will launch on the Zuku satellite platform […]

Pro TV channels back on Romtelecom

Romanian service provider Romtelecom has struck a deal  with commercial broadcaster Pro TV to resume carriage of the latter’s channels as part of its offering. Pro TV’s 11 channels – Pro TV, Pro TV International, Pro TV HD, Acasă TV, Acasă Gold, Acasă HD, ProCinema,, HD, MTV Romania and VH1 ­– were withdrawn […]

New History feed for Romania

A+E Networks has hired playout provider Chello DMC to distribute a separate feed of its History channel for Romania. Chello DMC will distribute the standard-definition channel via the Telstar 12 satellite. The channel will be fully localised with Romanian audio and subtitles. Chello DMC will also provide complete scheduling and media handling of all content […]