FIFA assigns Nordic rights for 2026 World Cup

Five years ahead of its scheduled staging, FIFA has confirmed its Nordic broadcast partnerships for the 2026 World Cup. The tournament is set to take place across the US, Mexico and Canada, and will be the first to be expanded to 48 countries from the typical 32. As such, there will be 80 matches from […]

Ampere Analysis: Nordic broadcasters turning to originals in battle with SVOD giants

Nordic broadcasters are increasingly focusing on local originals and collaborating with each other to produce them in their battle with international SVOD giants such as Netflix, according to a report by Ampere Analysis.  According to Ampere, only 3% of Netflix titles in Sweden are local, while only 1% of Amazon Prime titles are from the […]

SVT pioneer Annie Wegelius dies at 58

Former SVT programming chief Annie Wegelius has died aged 58 after a protracted battle with breast cancer. It has been a difficult few days for the international TV industry, with Wegelius’ passing coming just days after the death of former National Geographic and FremantleMedia North American chief David Lyle. Wegelius had a long career spanning four […]

SVT adds two regional channels

Swedish public broadcaster SVT is launching two new regional channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial network, adding to the 19 regional offshoots it currently operates.  The two new channels, SVT Helsingborg and SVT Sodertalje, will air local content in the mornings and evenings. SVT is also changing the names of a number of its existing regional […]

SVT closes ‘biggest ever’ BBC package deal

SVT has closed what the Swedish pubcaster describes as its “biggest ever package deal” with BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm. SVT has been a consistent buyer of BBC content over the years, but today’s deal eclipses al previous agreements in terms of volume. Key dramas included in the deal are Russell T. Davies’ upcoming […]

Digital growth boosts overall viewing for TV4

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 say viewing on digital platforms double last year, more than compensating a modest decline in traditional linear TV consumption. According to the broadcaster, traditional TV viewing declined by about six minutes a day to 153 minutes on average. However, consumption on digital platforms took the total average daily […]

SVT adds Chromecast support for SVT Play

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has added Chromecast support to its on-demand service SVT Play, via a new version of the SVT Play app for Android. The updated Android app is available to download from the Google Play store and also includes an enhanced user experience for several models of Android device. “We are improving and constantly […]

Swedish TV executives call for net neutrality to be upheld

Top Swedish TV executives from TV4 Group, SVT, MTG and SBS Discovery Media have written to the government calling for net neutrality to be protected. The letter says that in light of possible legislation from the European Commission, it is particularly important that Sweden calls for regulation that prohibits web discrimination for legal content. It […]

SVT adds two channels to HD DTT offering

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has signed a six-year deal with transmission services provider Teracom to distribute its existing channels plus two additional services in HD on the country’s terrestrial network. The deal will see Teracom continue to transmit SVT’s channels SVT1 and SVT2 on its network, along with two additional services, Barnkanalen/SVT24 and Kunskapskanalen (Knowledge […]