Vodafone Romania launches mobile TV service with Netflix deal

Vodafone Romania is to launch a mobile TV service and has signed a deal with Netflix to provide access to the subscription video-on-demand service over it, the group’s Romanian unit’s CEO Ravinder Takkar told local press. Vodafone will launch its 4GTV+ service in 350 towns and cities across Romania, making a number of channels and […]

Deutsche Telekom grows TV base 5.1% year-on-year

Deutsche Telekom grew its total IPTV, satellite and cable TV customer base 5.1% year-on-year to 3.96 million in the second quarter. The operator said that the majority of its 193,000 net TV additions, compared to Q2 2015, were customers in Greece, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. Germany, meanwhile, remained the biggest single TV market for the […]

Romania’s Antena restructures in wake of CEO sentencing

Romanian broadcaster Antena has restructured in the wake of last week’s news that CEO Sorin Alexandrescu faces a jail sentence after being convicted on blackmail charges. Alexandrescu (and co-accused and Intact Media Group founder Dan Voiculescu) will appeal the guilty verdict, but in the meantime Antena has a new team. Antena’s Isabella Carmu has been […]

Romanian media chiefs sentenced in blackmail case

Two of the most powerful figures in Romanian media have been sentenced after guilty verdicts were delivered in a blackmail case involving the pair and a local cable operator. Intact Media Group founder Dan Voiculescu and Antena TV Group CEO Sorin Alexandrescu were sentenced to two years and three years and six months respectively yesterday. […]

TVR names new chief

Romanian public broadcaster TVR has named Irina Radu as its new director-general after weeks of uncertainty. Radu was acting director-general between September 2015 and April 2016 and has served as director of programmes at the broadcaster since 2013. Her appointment was approved by both houses of the Romanian parliament, with 304 votes in favour and […]

EBU chiefs in talks over future of Romania’s TVR

EBU director-general Ingrid Deltenre and legal director Jane Vizard last week met Romanian government officials to discuss the crisis enveloping TVR in the wake of the EBU’s decision to withdraw member services from the country’s public broadcaster. The decision to withdraw member services from TVR, including participation in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, was taken […]

EBU withdraws services from Romanian pubcaster

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has withdrawn member services from Romanian public broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) following the latter’s failure to pay debts totalling CHF16 million (€14.6 million). As a result TVR will not be able to participate in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and will lose access to other EBU member services including the […]

Report: RCS & RDS to list shares on Bucharest exchange

Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS is preparing to list a package of up to 25% of its shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, according to The Romanian financial news site reported that the sale of the minority share could fetch between €400 – €500 million. RCS & RDS reportedly looked at listing on […]

Telekom Romania renews Formula 1 rights

Telekom Romania’s Dolce Sport service has secured the local rights to Formula 1 motor-racing for the next two years. Dolce Sport viewers will be able to view all 21 Grand Prix races on Telekom Romania’s TV service, along with qualifying sessions and other events. Telekom Romania, which previously held the rights to the competition for […]

EBU chief warns on imminent collapse of Romanian pubcaster

In its latest intervention over crisis-hit central and eastern European public broadcasters, EBU director-general Ingrid Deltenre has called on the Romanian government to make an urgent intervention to save the country’s pubcaster, which she says is facing imminent collapse. In a letter to Romanian prime minister Dacian Cioloş, Deltenre said that broadcaster TVR’s indebtedness combined […]