Sweden


Telia takes Coronavirus hit through exposure to free TV market

While the majority of telcos are weathering the Coronavirus storm well relative to other sectors, Nordic telco Telia’s recent acquisition of TV4-owner Bonnier Broadcasting and its consequent exposure to the advertising market and the cancellation of sports events has forced an admission that it will not make its financial guidance goals this year. Telia said […]

Viaplay reports big increase in viewing as Coronavirus spreads

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group)’s Viaplay streaming service has reported a surge in viewing figures following the outbreak of Coronavirus across the region. The total number of streamed minutes on Viaplay across the Nordics (excluding sports coverage) was up by 44% last week compared to the same period in 2019 and up 13% compared to […]

NENT follows up Premier League deal with new Bundesliga agreement

Nordic free and pay TV and streaming service provider Nordic Entertainment (NENT) has extended its exclusive pan-Nordic media rights to German Bundesliga football until 2025. Under the latest agreement, NENT will show more than 300 live Bundesliga games on its Viaplay streaming service every season and selected games on its linear TV channels. The deal […]

EU monitor orders Telia to revise streaming auction after Tele2 complaint

Swedish telco Tele2’s appeal to the EU monitoring trustee over the terms of rival Telia’s auctioning of TV streaming rights had been successful, producing an instruction to Telia to change the terms of the rights auction. Tele2, owner of Swedish cable operator Com Hem, had complained that Telia’s auctioning of streaming rights to the channels […]

Nordic Entertainment secures exclusive six-year Premier League deal

Nordic Entertainment (NENT) has secured the exclusive Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish media rights to the English Premier League. The latest deal is for six years from 2022 to 2028. NENT currently holds the Premier League rights in Sweden, Denmark and Finland until 2022, and the new agreement extends those rights to Norway. NENT last […]

Tele2 takes aim at streaming future with Comhem Play+

Tele2 has launched its new standalone streaming service, Comhem Play+, to compete with Sweden’s already crowded field of SVOD offerings including Viaplay and Netflix. In a note accompanying the company’s Q4 earnings, CEO Anders Nilsson said that the new service would build on the company’s existing role as a video content aggregator and enable it […]

Telia chief takes aim at streaming future as TV4 dispute reignites

Nordic telco Telia aims to is “determined that we will make sure that TV4 and C More…can be viewed by everyone” as part of its strategy to bring its TV assets from last year’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting to “more people”, according to CEO Christian Luiga. Speaking to analysts after Telia posted its year-end results, […]

Com Hem furious over Telia streaming rights move

Conflict between Tele2-owned Swedish cable operator Com Hem and its owner’s main rival in the market, Telia, has reignited over the terms of the latter’s auction of streaming rights to the channels of broadcaster TV4, which it owns. Com Hem has notified the European Commission’s ‘monitoring trustee’, mandated to monitor Telia’s compliance with EC conditions […]

MTG takes hit from write-downs and redundancy costs

Nordic digital media outfit MTG is to write-down SEK165 million (€39 million) of discontinued assets and will take a SEK190 million hit from additional write-downs and costs associated with a cost-cutting and redundancy programme initiated at the end of last year in its Q4 results. The SEK165 million relates to the sale of Zoomin to […]

No end in sight to TV4 dispute as Almqvist blames Com Hem streaming rights move

The dispute between Telia-owned Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 and Tele2-owned cable operator Com Hem is a very long way from being solved, according to TV4 CEO Casten Almqvist, who has blamed the cable operator’s insistence on including OTT TV rights as part of a deal for the breakdown. TV4 and pay TV […]

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