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– Pro TV, Pro TV International, Pro TV HD, Acasă TV, Acasă Gold, Acasă HD, ProCinema,, HD, MTV Romania and VH1 ­– were withdrawn […]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 […]

Romtelecom makes HBO channels available to all in promo

Romanian pay TV provider Romtelecom is to make HBO and HBO Comedy available to all TV subscribers across its satellite, cable, IPTV and internet TV offerings until the end of March as a promotional offer. Romtelecom is also offering a 50% discount to existing customers who take its Maxpak package until the end of March. […]

Romtelecom replaces Pro TV channels as talks fail

Romanian pay TV provider Romtelecom has failed to strike a deal with commercial broadcaster Pro TV and will cease broadcasting the latter’s channels on its satellite TV network from today. Romtelecom blamed Pro TV’s “unreasonable financial demands” for the decision. The operator said that Pro TV had asked for three times the amount previously paid […]

Romtelecom could pull Pro TV channels

Romanian pay TV provider Romtelecom has so far failed to strike a deal with commercial broadcaster Pro TV, meaning that the latter’s channels could be withdrawn from Romtelecom’s network as of tomorrow. Romtelecom said it would cease broadcasting the 11 channels – which include MTV and VH1 Romania – on January 3 if not deal […]

BBC Knowledge makes Hungarian and Romanian debuts

BBC Worldwide Channels’ factual and natural history channel BBC Knowledge is launching in Romania and Hungary on RCS & RDS and DIGI’s pay TV platforms. The channels will launch in the basic packages of Romanian operator RCS & RDS and Hungarian operator DIGI on January 1. The deal also involved the launch of BBC Entertainment […]

RCS & RDS removes Discovery in fee row

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS has revealed that it has dropped Discovery channels from its line-up because it believes the US broadcaster’s fees are too high. In a statement, the operator said Discovery charged around three times more for its channels than similar networks do, while its audience share is only about 1%. RSC […]

OTE reports TV gains in Greece and Romania

Greek telco OTE has seen significant increases in pay TV subscribers in its home country, while its Romanian subsidiary Romtelecom has also seen gains. Announcing third quarter results, OTE ended September with 96,773 TV subscribers, up 74.1% year-on-year. That figure has since risen to over 105,000 at the start of November. The telco, which operates […]