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Elisa taps Netgem for Estonian Binge

Finland’s Elisa, owner of Estonian cable and mutliplay operator Starman Group, has tapped Netgem to provide the technology for the pair’s new multiscreen TV service, Binge TV. Binge TV was launched at the end of July as the first fruit of Elisa’s acquisition of Starman from its previous owner, East Capital Explorer. The service was […]

Starman unveils new smart TV platform

Estonian cable operator Starman and its Finnish owner Elisa have jointly unveiled a new smart TV platform for Starman customers, designed to help them find relevant content quickly and easily, according to the pair. The new service will offer access to thematic areas focused on music, sports, kids content and adult content as well as […]

Finland’s Elisa acquires Estonia’s Starman

Finnish telecom and cable group Elisa is to acquire leading Estonian cable operator Starman for €151 million in cash. Elisa acquired Starman from Polaris Invest and Com Holding immediately following the sale by investment group East Capital Explorer of its 63% stake in the operator to Polaris Invest, hitherto a minority shareholder. Polaris had been […]

Starman taps SeaChange for multiscreen OTT service

Estonian cable group Starman has tapped SeaChange to supply the technology for its new OTT video service. Starman is using SeaChange’s Adrenalin multiscreen video platform to provide a library of on-demand movies and TV shows, with features including re-start TV and network DVR. Starman launched on-demand TV services in Estonia with a prior version SeaChange […]

Eurochannel launches on Starman in Estonia

Film channel Eurochannel is launching in Estonia on cable operator Starman’s platform. The launch of the channel will bring European movies subtitled in Estonian to Starman subscribers. The channel will be available as part of the Starman L packages and on an à la carte basis. The addition of Starman to Eurochannel’s list of distributors […]

Lithuania’s Cgates acquires Remo TV

Starman Group-owned Lithuanian cable operator CGates has acquired cable operator Remo TV, which operates in the towns of Elektrėnuose and Kaišiadoryse. Remo TV serves about 7,500 homes in the two areas in the Kaunas region in the central part of the country. The latest acquisition follows CGates’ acquisition of regional operator Kava last year, taking […]

East Capital to sell Starman Group to Providence Equity

Nordic investment group East Capital Explorer has struck a deal to sell its entire 63% in pan-Baltic cable operation Starman Group to Providence Equity. The agreement in principle would see East Capital Explorer sell its stake in Starman for an upfront payment of €81 million in cash with the potential of an additional earn-out of […]

Digital TV CEE Award winners revealed

Warsaw’s Belvedere restaurant was the scene for the inaugural Digital TV CEE Awards yesterday evening, hosted by DTVE editor Stuart Thomson and independent consultant Alexander Oudendijk. The Industry Leader Award went to Toomas Tiivel, group chief commercial officer of Starman. East Capital Explorer-backed Starman has emerged as a key consolidator in the cable and pay […]

Starman drives Baltic consolidation with Cgates’ Kava acquisition

Lithuanian cable operator Cgates has acquired regional operator Kava as part of a strategy by Cgates’ ultimate majority owner, Swedish investment group East Capital Explorer, to create a pan-Baltic cable operation. Kava has about 20,000 customers in Lithuania and passes about 100,000 households with a modern fibre network across the cities of Vilnius, Klaipéda, Šiauliai […]

CNBC launches on Starman

News channel CNBC is launching on Estonian cable operator Starman’s platform. From July 15, CNBC will be available on Starman and will be included in the popular ‘Europa and World News’ thematic subscription package, reaching more than 120,000 subscribers. “Our agreement with Starman enables viewers across Estonia to watch the latest global business news and […]