MTG extends Champions League rights to 2021

Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League football in Scandinavia until 2021. The broadcaster – which claims to be the only entertainment company in the world to have held the media rights the Champions League since it was launched in 1992 – will air the football via its free TV […]

MTG reports strong sales, Nordic gains

Modern Times Group (MTG) reported record sales in the first quarter, with lower revenues in its Scandinavian free TV business offset by sales growth in Nordic pay TV and free TV in emerging markets. Announcing the results, MTG said that enhanced efficiency in its traditional business helped to fuel growth in its digital businesses and […]

MTG extends Formula 1 rights

Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its exclusive broadcast and online rights to Formula 1 racing in Scandinavia and the Baltics by agreeing new three-year deals. MTG has secured the rights until 2017 in the Baltics and 2018 in Scandinavia, where it has provided coverage of Formula 1 racing since 2005. MTG airs its Formula […]

MTG recruits new free TV chief

Modern Times Group has recruited Anders Jensen as executive VP of Scandinavian free-TV operations. Jensen will oversee all of the broadcast group’s free-to-air operations in Scandinavia with the respective country CEOs reporting to him. He will report directly to MTG President and CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann. MTG has a sizable free-to-air footprint across Scandinavia. The […]

OTT VoD service Popcornflix launches in UK, Ireland, Scandinavia

Screen Media Ventures-owned US free movies video-on-demand service Popcornflix is launching in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand as part of a push into international markets. Popcornflix’s advertising supported service is now available on the web, connected TVs and on Android and iOS mobile apps in all eight markets, while users in the […]

MTG reports revenue growth following ‘year of investment’

European broadcasting firm Modern Times Group (MTG) reported its fifth consecutive quarter of revenue growth in Q4, after a “year of investment” in the areas of content, digital and geographic expansion. Announcing its quarterly and full-year earnings, MTG said that its investments were “paying off in accelerated growth” and listed its buyout of Nice Entertainment […]

MTG on-demand to get Viacom shows

Viacom International Media Networks will supply Modern Times Group with programming for the latter’s numerous on-demand services across Scandinavia. Under terms of a new partnership, VIMN will supply MTV and Comedy Central programmes such as Geordie Shore and The Daily Show; library series including The Hills, Punked and Cribs; and kids TV shows such as […]

MTG says quarterly earnings put it back on track

Modern Times Group has reported increased in quarterly and nine month and said the growth puts its investment plan back on track. The company, which has free and pay TV operations throughout Europe and is moving into Africa, reported quarterly sales of SEK3.2 billion (€365 million) for the three months to end-September, up 9% year-on-year, […]

Nordic Choice bans porn channels

Scandinavia’s largest hotel chain Nordic Choice has removed porn channels from the pay TV service in its 171 hotels.  The owner of the hotel chain, Petter Stordalen, said the decision was taken as he believes “it is a natural part of our social responsibility not to support industries that contribute to human trafficking.” In Nordic […]

TeliaSonera grows TV base in all markets

Nordic telco TeliaSonera ended March with 1.22 million TV subscribers, up from 994,000 a year earlier. Telia’s largest market, Sweden, was home to 530,000 TV subs, up from 473,000. Numbers were also up in Finland to 368,000 from 238,000, in Norway to 11,000 from 6,000 and in Denmark to 11,000 from 10,000. In Estonia, the […]