Digital cable doubles in Romania

Digital cable subscribers in Romania more than doubled in 2011, taking digital cable penetration to 25% of all cable homes by the end of the year, according to a survey by regulator ANCOM. Overall cable numbers grew by 7% over the course of the year, while DTH numbers fell by 5%, with a slight recovery […]

Chello Central Europe strikes new carriage deals

Chello Central Europe, the Liberty Global-owned pan-regional broadcast group, has inked a number of carriage deals for its channel TV Paprika and Zone Romantica. 
The company has inked a deal with UPC’s Focus Sat in Romania for cooking channel TV Paprika, while female skewing Zone Romantica will launch on UPC Direct platform in Hungary. Both […]

RCS & RDS in battle with Antena over retrans fees

Romanian service provider RCS & RDS is involved in a dispute with commercial broadcaster Antena over retransmission fees. Antena Group has demanded over €7 million a year for the retransmission of its Antena 1 and Antena 3 channels by RCS & RDS, which operates the Digi pay TV service in the country. RCS & RDS […]

CME launching Acasa in Romania

Central and eastern European broadcaster Central Media Enterprises is launching a spinoff of its female skewing Acasa TV channel in Romania. The broadcaster is launching Acasa Gold to target women between 15 and 49 with a raft of soap operas and general entertainment series. Romania’s National Audiovisual Commission (CNA) approved the licence and the channel […]

OTE sees TV numbers rise in Greece and Romania

Greek telco OTE increased its TV subscriber base by 20% last year, ending December with a total of 59,944 IPTV and DTH customers. OTE launched a satellite TV service in October, building on its IPTV offering. Both services are offered under the OTE TV brand. OTE’s Romanian subsidiary Romtelecom also saw its pay TV base […]

UPC Romania adds Bollywood package

Cable operator UPC Romania has added a Bollywood package to its TV offering. The Liberty Global-owned cable operator has added a package comprising three channels – Bollywood TV, Bollywood Classic and Bollyshow – collectively airing about 3,000 hours of content each year. The package is available for RON8 (€1.85) a month excluding VAT. The Bollywood […]

TV growth provides some relief for Romtelecom and OTE

Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE’s Romanian subsidiary Romtelecom had 1.208 million TV subscribers at the end of September, up 20.4% year-on-year, giving its subscriber base TV penetration of 44%. The figure for TV included satellite and cable customers as well as IPTV subscribers. The rise in TV customers partially offset a decline in revenues due […]

Focus Sat adds HD and premium movie package

Romanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD channels and a new movie package to its line-up. The UPC-owned company is launching an HD service consisting initially of Discovery HD, ESPN HD and Sundance HD America. It is available at no extra cost to Familia package subscribers until the end of the year. The […]

RCS & RDS rolls out IPv6

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS has laid claim to be the first service provider in the country to roll out IPv6 via its fibre network. Subscribers to RCS & RDS’s fibre network can test the new protocol via their online accounts. The operator is testing IPv6 in the cities of Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Timisoara, […]

History expands in Romania with Romtelecom

A&E Networks’ History channel is expanding in Romania with a launch on Romtelecom’s IPTV and DTH platforms. History will be available to Romtelecom subscribers on its DTH and IPTV Extra and Maxim packages. The channel is programmed and operated in Romania by AETN UK, a joint venture between A&E Networks and UK pay TV operator […]

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