Viasat Broadcasting

Viasat changing sports line-up for Baltics

Viasat Broadcasting is to launch a new sports service for the Baltic states and has ceased broadcasting its Viasat Golf and Viasat Motor channels in the region ahead of the change. Viasat said the move came after a review of and evaluation of its current line-up of sports channels. Viasat currently provides coverage of the […]

Finland’s MTV hires Discovery and Viasat execs in management restructure

Bonnier Broadcasting-owned Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV’s CEO Jarkko Nordlund  has named a new management team, with Discovery’s Sami Vikback taking charge of the group’s advertising business and Viasat’s Johannes Leppännen becoming head of pay TV. Nordlund has hired Vikback from Discovery Networks Sweden, where he had the role of revenue director, to take charge of […]

MTG completes sale of CTC stake

Modern Times Group (MTG) has completed the sale of its 38% stake in Russian broadcasters CTC Media. The Swedish-based free and pay TV group received a total of US$123 million (€110 million) for the stake, and the deal leaves MTG with no further interest in CTC or any of its operations. The sale will result […]

MTG World channels rebranded

The MTG World portfolio of channels has been rebranded Viasat World. The Viasat World bouquet comprises 27 pay TV channels across 47 territories. The channels group was a subsidiary of Sweden-listed broadcaster Modern Times Group before being sold late last year for US$45.5 million amid regulatory changes that forced MTG to offload some assets. Russian […]

UPC Poland adds Viasat Explore

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has added Viasat Explore to its TV offering. The Modern Times Group-owned channel, which caters to a primarily male audience and includes coverage of ‘e-sports’, will be available as part of UPC Poland’s Select package for no extra charge for a limited period.

Viasat Broadcasting channels launch on

Ukrainian OTT TV provider is to make all of Modern Times Group (MTG)-owned Viasat Broadcasting’s Ukrainian linear channels available on its platform.  Eight Viasat channels will initially be made available as part of’s basic package. The channels will be provided on a pay basis from next year. Viasat’s presence on the platform will […]

MTG wins one, loses one in Russia

Russian pay TV provider Orion Express has added 10 channels from Modern Times Group’s Viasat Broadcasting to its line-up. Orion Express is offering Viasat channels in two new packages – a Viasat premium HD offering and a Viasat offering – with the addition of channels TV1000 Russian Kino, TV1000 Premium HD, TV1000 Megahit HD, TV1000 […]

MTG appoints Liberty exec for emerging pay TV markets role

Modern Times Group (MTG) has appointed Liberty Global executive Rotem Hakim as its director of business development for pay TV emerging markets. Hakim will take the role in MTG-owned Viasat Broadcasting’s pay TV emerging markets team as of May 26. He joins from Liberty Global, where he has worked for 10 years, most recently as […]

Latvia’s Baltcom strikes deal with TV3

Latvian cable operator Baltcom has struck a deal to continue carrying Viasat Broadcasting-owned channel TV3 on its platform. Baltcom chairman Vojko Rovere said that the company was “pleased to have been able to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on TV3’s retransmission”. The deal will enable Baltcom subscribers to continue watching TV3, carriage deals for which […]

MTG extends Disney agreement

Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its content licensing agreement with Disney for first-run and library move rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The deal brings exclusive first-run rights to movies including Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Disney’s Wreck-it-Ralph, Disney/Pixar’s Brave and Monsters University to MTG. The agreement also includes exclusive linear […]