Turkey


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 […]

Blu TV looking to double originals and build partner channels model

Turkish OTT TV service BluTV is looking to invest in and double its current level of original production, according to Aydın Dogan Yalcindag, speaking at the Video Exchange Streaming conference in London today.  Yalcindag said that BluTV fell short of its subscriber targets in its first year when the service relied on acquired content, but […]

BeIN Media Group branches out into original series with Turkish commission

BeIN Media Group has commissioned its first Turkish original series, with a commitment to launch a number of other original series over the next 12 months. The 13-episode drama series, The Choice, is directed by Uluç Bayraktar and written by Nüket Bıçakçı and Özlem Yücel and starring by Halit Ergenç, Ozan Güven, Aslı Enver, Birce […]

Netflix applies for Turkish licence under strict new regulatory regime

Netflix is among media groups applying for a licence to continue to operate in Turkey under new media regulations, according to Ebubekir Sahin, the head of media regulator RTÜK. Sahin tweeted that the authority had received applications from over 600 organisations including Netflix, Blu TV, Puhu TV, Turkcell, Vodafone, Digitürk and Tivibù after rumours spread […]

Turkey to introduce new regulations for OTT services

Turkey is set to introduce new laws that could lead to more regulation for OTT platforms. The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) and Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) are set to introduce new laws which will force all broadcasters and online content providers to obtain a licence from RTÜK. While the rules are […]

Nielsen expands measurement for YouTube app on mobile to 26 new countries

Nielsen has expanded its advertising measurement to YouTube’s mobile app. Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings for YouTube Mobile will be available in 26 new markets: Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and […]

TRT World secures berth on Iflix

TRT World, the international English-language news channel operated by Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, has secured distribution of its content on Asian streaming platform Iflix. TRT World’s linear channel will join iflix News, the streaming service’s 24-hour news hub which aggregates live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local news […]

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