Telekom Austria Group

Telekom Austria extends rollout of A1 brand into Croatia

Telekom Austria Group’s (TAG) Croatian subsidiary Vipnet is now known as A1 Croatia. The move, which came into effect on October 1, is part of a rebranding exercise that it taking place across international TAG divisions. On September 20, TAG announced its intention “to gradually extend the A1 brand to its entire operating business when […]

Digital TV CEE: Netflix unlikely to progress in CEE

Netflix is unlikely to make significant headway in most markets in central and Eastern Europe without making significant and probably uneconomic investments in local content, according to a line-up of speakers at the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest. Despite the global SVOD player’s decision to localise its service in Poland, there is still a […]

AMC agrees Croatia, Bulgaria deals with Telekom Austria

AMC is extending its reach in Croatia and Bulgaria thanks to a deal between AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – Central Europe and Telekom Austria Group. The AMC channel launches today via Telekom Austria-owned Croatian operator, VIPnet. In Bulgaria distribution will be extended to mobile operator Mobitel and cable operator Blizoo – both of which are […]

NEM: non-linear growth causing disconnect between operators and channels

Growth in demand for non-linear and multiscreen viewing is leading to a growing disconnect between channel providers and TV operators, according to a panel of operators and content providers at the NEM. Speaking at the event in Croatia this morning, the operators on the panel called for more focus on providing comprehensive rights to cover […]

NEM: Netflix ‘irrelevant’ for CEE

Netflix’s content has little appeal for CEE audiences, and OTT is currently only really useful as a way for pay TV providers to deliver catch-up and multiscreen services, attendees at the NEM heard this morning. Speaking on a panel on DTH and OTT at the event in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Stanislav Georgiev, head of broadcast at […]

Macedonian merger approved

Macedonia’s competition watchdog has approved the merger of Telekom Austria Group’s Macedonian subsidiary Vip Operator with Telekom Slovenije’s subsidiary ONE. The approval is based on certain commitments, such as MVNO access offered by the merged entity to interested parties. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. In October last year, Telekom Austria […]

Telekom Austria subsidiaries choose TVbeat

Video analytics and audience measurement specialist TVbeat has been chosen by Telekom Austria subsidiaries VIPnet in Croatia and Mobiltel in Bulgaria to measure their content performance and understand trends on viewing behaviour for live and on-demand content.  Magdalena Malinova, TVbeat’s VP of Business Development, said: “We’re delighted to begin working with Vipnet and Mobiltel, both […]

Filmbox International strikes deal with Telekom Austria

Channel provider SPI International/Filmbox International has struck a strategic agreement with Telekom Austria Group for distribution of Filmbox channels across its footprint.  Telekom Austria is also providing distribution and contribution services for the FilmBox channels’ Balkan and central and eastern Europe feeds, over the Eutelsat 16A satellite via its direct2home platform. The channels deal will […]

Telekom Austria buys Macedonian cable operator Blizoo

Telekom Austria Group has bought 100% of Blizoo Macedonia, one of the largest cable providers in Macedonia that offers TV, broadband and fixed voice services.  Announcing the deal, Telekom Austria said that the deal represents a “significant step in fulfilling the group’s convergence strategy” and complemented its “convergent footprint” in Austria, Bulgaria and Croatia. With […]