Polish watchdog clears way for cable consolidation

Polish competition regulator the UOKiK has approved the acquisition of cable operator Multimedia Polska by Vectra, but with conditions. The move opens the way to a long-awaited consolidation in the Polish cable sector. The watchdog has required the sale of networks in eight cities in which the market shares of the merger partners is particularly […]

Polish regulator takes Multimedia Polska-Vectra probe to second stage

Polish competition watchdog UOKiK has reservations about the acquisition of cable operator Multimedia Polska by rival player Vectra on the grounds that the combination of the pair could adversely affect competition in the market. In a note on the merger, UOKiK said that the pair’s activities coincided in 39 cities across the country in the […]

Polish regulator says Liberty Global deal could restrict competition

Polish regulator the UOKiK has ruled that Liberty Global’s long-awaited acquisition of Multimedia Polska could restrict competition in a number of cities across the country. Following its analysis of the impact of the acquisition on competition, the watchdog ruled that the combination of Liberty Global’s UPC Polska with Multimedia Polska could diminish competition in 15 […]

Multimedia Polska wards off decline as it awaits OK for Liberty deal

Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has seen its revenues dip slightly, with EBITDA remaining stable for the first half, a result hailed by its CEO as “moderately positive” in a situation where the operator’s performance has been negatively affected by a regulatory delay in approving its acquisition by Liberty Global. Revenues dipped by 2% year-on-year […]

Polish competition office approves Scripps-TVN deal

The Polish competition office, UOKIK, has approved Scripps Networks Interactive’s plans to buy 100% of Polish broadcaster TVN. In a statement, UOKIK said that Southbank Media – a UK-based company owned by the Scripps Networks Interactive – may take over N-Vision, the owner of TVN. It claimed that the deal would “not lead to a […]

Polish regulator approves merger of ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus

Polish competition regulator UOKiK has approved the merger between Canal Plus’ Polish subsidiary Cyfra Plus and rival TVN Group, operator of the ‘n’ pay TV platform. The pair’s strategic partnership will see the creation of a new unified platform with a base of 2.5 million subscribers. Canal Plus is expected to take up to 40% […]