Vodafone Turkey names Yago Lopez executive vice president

Vodafone Turkey has made changes to its senior management team following the appointment of Yago Lopez as executive vice president of the network.  Lopez has more than 15 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry. He most recently served as general manager of Technology, Strategy and Innovation at TPG Telecom following the merger with […]

Turkey’s Digiturk and Irdeto double down on battle against piracy

Cybersecurity specialist Irdeto has strengthened its partnership with leading Turkish PayTV broadcaster Digiturk. An expanded alliance will see the platform deploying Irdeto’s integrated 360 Video Security Services to protect its premium content. “With operators worldwide offering a broad range of content-based services from set-top boxes, the requirement for premium security is paramount,” said Richard Frankland, […]

Exclusive: Moonbug to launch pre-school channel with MultiChoice

YouTube-focused pre-school entertainment company Moonbug Entertainment is to launch a dedicated channel on the MultiChoice’s DStv pay TV platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Moonbug Kids channel will launch in October and will include content from across the Moonbug portfolio. The pre-school service will be available to all 21.7 million DStv subscribers across 45 African countries […]

Türk Telekom sees TV base decline as economy takes toll

Türk Telekom had 2.9 million satellite TV and IPTV subscribers at the end of June, down 3.7% year-on-year. The operator’s Tivibù Home offering meanwhile had 1.5 million customers at the end of the second quarter, down 2.4% year-on-year. In inflation-racked Turkey, which saw prices rise by an average of 78.6% in the year to June, […]

beIN Sports reacts to rejection of Turkish football bid

beIN Sports, owner of Turkish pay TV platform Digitürk, has expressed concern after the Turkish Football Federation, the TFF, failed to accept its bid for the most attractive package of matches for the next three seasons of the top-tier Super Lig. Digitürk’s bid for package 1-a, which comprises the biggest group of matches, was rejected […]

WarnerMedia hires Turkcell OTT head to lead HBO Max in Turkey

WarnerMedia has continued to lay the groundwork for further expansion into Europe with the hire of Turkcell’s Baris Zavaroglu as its director general for HBO Max in Turkey. The exec will be charged with leading Warner’s DTC business when it launches in Turkey later this year. He will oversee the launch and growth of HBO […]

Digiturk launches internet and dual-play offerings

BeIN Media-owned Turkish pay TV operator Digiturk has launched an internet offering and a selection of dual-play bundles. Digiturk Internet will allow customers to access ADSL and VDSL services, bundled with or accompanying Digiturk’s premium sports and entertainment TV offerings. The internet service will be offered to existing and new Digiturk TV customers at a discounted rate. Special offers […]

BluTV chooses Veset Nimbus for cloud-based linear channels

Turkish subscription streaming service BluTV has chosen software service Veset Nimbus to deliver its linear action and comedy channels in the cloud. The linear channels are delivered by Veset Nimbus to BluTV’s OTT platform, as well as to various smart TV apps, including AppleTV, Samsung, AndroidTV, and LG Smart TV. Launched  in 2016, BluTV differentiates its […]

Netflix denies Turkish shut-down reports over gay character cancellation

Netflix has rebuffed reports that it will be closing down its service in Turkey, after production on one of its upcoming local dramas – which featured a gay character – was cancelled because of government interference. If Only was ordered in March and had been due to start filming last week, with local production giant Ay Yapim and […]

Telia confirms Turkcell sale

Nordic telco Telia has confirmed the sale of its stake in Turkish service provider Turkcell. Telia has agreed to sell its 47.1% holding in Turkcell Holding, which owns 51% in the listed company Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri, to the sovereign wealth fund the Turkey Wealth Fund for US$530 million. The transaction includes, subject to closing, a […]

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