CEE operators facing competition and consolidation challenges

Intense price competition, including from overbuilders, and barriers to consolidation are among the challenges facing cable operators in central and eastern Europe, according to a panel of regional operator CEOs and content providers at Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday.  Severina Pascu, CEO, UPC Romania and Hungary said the main differences were the lower internet penetration […]

VDSL push boosts TV growth for Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom saw strong growth for its domestic Entertain TV service in the fourth quarter and also saw a solid performance from TV in its other European markets in 2014.  Deutsche Telekom had 2.442 million IPTV and satellite TV customers in Germany at the end of the year, up 65,000 quarter-on-quarter and up 12.2% year-on-year. […]

MTV launches OTT apps

MTV has launched new international over-the-top apps, MTV Play and MTV Trax, in an effort to target millennials and adapt to “changing consumer viewing habits.” MTV Play is a VoD service featuring many of MTV’s most popular shows, while MTV Trax is a music streaming app designed for casual music consumers that may be “put […]

Orange planning to launch its own HDMI dongle

Orange plans to launch an internet-connected HDMI dongle in France, following trials of the product in the Romanian market, according to French press reports. According to financial daily Les Echos, Orange will launch product in France in April. However, unlike the Chromecast HDMI stick, which enables users to mirror content on other devices such as […]

Former CME chief Sârbu arrested over tax case

Romanian media tycoon Adrian Sârbu, the main shareholder in Mediafax Group and former president of Central European Media Enterprises (CME) was arrested and detained for 24 hours on Monday, accused of money laundering, embezzlement and tax fraud. According to local reports, the Romanian state prosecutor’s office has alleged that Mediafax Group set up a scheme […]

Telekom Romania adds two Viacom channels

Deutsche Telekom-owned Romanian service provider Telekom Romanian has added Paramount Channel and Nick Jr to its line-up. The channels, available via the operator’s IPTV, digital cable and digital satellite platforms, will be included in its TV S basic and TV M packages respectively.

TiVo taps Ness SES for new European development centre

Advanced TV technology provider TiVo has struck a partnership with Ness Software Engineering Services (Ness SES) to help build a European development centre in Iasi, Romania. Ness SES provides outsourced engineering services to digital technology providers. According to TiVo, the new centre will provide it with the ability to grow and expand its European R&D […]

HBO Europe to premier Romanian drama on HBO Go

HBO Europe is to make the first episode of its new Romanian crime drama, Umbre, available on HBO Go on December 24 ahead of its airing on the main HBO channel in the country, with the second episode to be made available free of charge on December 28. The first two episodes of the series, […]

UPC Romania launches Horizon Go

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Romania has launched Horizon Go, the mobile version of Liberty’s advanced TV platform. The Romanian unit’s launch of Horizon Go follows its launch in the Czech Republic last month and makes Romania the sixth UPC territory in which the service is available. In Romania, UPC subscribers will be able to […]

Antena channels claim strong growth in Romania

Romanian broadcaster Intact Media Group, which operates the country’s Antena channels, grew its audience significantly in the first 10 months of the year, recording a 10% rise over the whole day and a 9% rise in appreciation in primetime, according to audience measurement agency Kantar Media. Flagship channel Antena 1 took a 14.8% whole-day share, […]

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