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SPI International / Filmbox launches Turkish drama channel

SPI International / Filmbox has launched Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), a new network dedicated to Turkish drama and movies. TDC will broadcast in HD and is available now for distribution on DTH platforms, cable networks, mobile and smart TV, and over-the-top services around the world. The channel expands SPI International / Filmbox’s portfolio of networks […]

Turkcell targets one billion app downloads in three years

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell has set a target of one billion app downloads within three years, after revealing that its various apps have been downloaded a total of 120 million times to date. BiP, Turkcell’s IP-based messaging and call app, has been downloaded 20 million times in Turkey and five million times internationally. The other […]

MENA set for big SVOD growth

The Middle East and North Africa region – including Turkey – will have 20.8 million subscription video-on-demand subscribers by 2023,up from 5.22 million at the end of last year, according to Digital TV Research. According to the research outfit’s Middle East and North Africa OTT TV & Video Forecasts report, Turkey will remain the market […]

Türksat taps Teleste for headend

Turkish pay TV operator Türksat has tapped Finnish broadband technology specialist Teleste to provide its Luminato digital headend in partnership with the Finnish company’s local reseller. Telest will provide Türskast with a platform for the delivery of services over cable, OTT TV and IPTV with live content processing. According to Teleste, one single RU Luminato […]

BBC Earth launches across MENA, CBeebies debuts in Turkey

Factual channel BBC Earth is due to launch across the Middle East and North Africa region through the beIN direct-to-home satellite service on April 5. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced the deal and said that BBC Earth will extend its distribution in Turkey by launching via operator Digiturk on the same day. At […]

Doğan in talks to sell media assets to group close to Turkish president

Turkey’s Doğan Holding, which owns free-to-air channel Kanal D and pay TV platform D-Smart as well as the Hurriyet Gazeteclik newspaper group, is in talks to sell its media arm to Demiroren Holding, a group close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a deal that reportedly values the assets at US$890 million. Demiroren, which is […]

Turkey’s Natural TV extends reach to West Africa

Natural TV, a Turkish channel focused on health, agriculture, music and cultural content, is extending its reach to the West-African region. The channel has struck a new agreement announced with SES to use capacity on SES’s Astra 2G satellite as well as uplink services from its teleport in Betzdorf, Luxembourg. With a potential audience of […]

TRT World lands on TVPlayer

Turkish international news channel TRT World has teamed up with UK OTT TV platform TVPlayer to offer its service to UK users. TVPlayer is now available on the TVPlayer platform across desktop, mobile, tablet, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, in the home and on the go, via wired networks, WiFi, and 3G and 4G […]

New director-general for Turkey’s TRT

Ibrahim Eren has been named as the new director-general of national broadcaster the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT). Eren joined TRT as depute director in 2013, and was responsible for the launch of international news channel TRT World the following year. He previously worked a as a representative for Turkuvaz Media Group’s ATV in […]

Ampere: Netflix use in Turkey stands at just 11%

Just 11% of Turkish internet users watched Netflix in the past month compared to a 13-country average of 24% of viewers, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm described Netflix viewing levels as “low” in the country, despite a prolific level of online video viewing on smartphones. YouTube topped the list of video services used […]

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