Turkey


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 […]

Pay TV providers respond to Coronavirus with new offers

Pay TV providers are continuing to respond to the Coronavirus crisis and the confinement at home of large swathes of the world’s population by launching a range of free windows and other initiatives. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country […]

Movistar+: ‘TV channels are going to be here forever’

Traditional editorial curation will remain a key part of video services and will not be supplanted by algorithm-driven content discovery, according to a panel of pay TV and OTT TV executives at the Video Exchange Streaming event in London today.  Sergio Oslé Varona, president of Movistar+ said that the concept of the traditional curated channel […]

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