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Orange Polska unveils new 4K box

By Chris Dziadul

Orange customers in Poland who opt for the Orange TV service, as well as the Love package, can now choose a modern 4K decoder.

According to the company, the 4K Premium decoder (ICU100) or a 4K decoder (IWU200) with a multirecorder service includes live TV replay and seven day catch-up.

It also allows users to record an unlimited number of programmes, which can then be stored in the cloud and watched for 30 days.

The multirecorder service will be continually enriched with more channels and is also available to Orange TV Go customers.

Users of Orange’s Multi Premium service who use the 4K decoders will be able to watch programmes recorded on the multirecorder service on other devices.

Meanwhile, subscribers to Orange TV’s extended fibre optic packages will also receive access to the extensive film library of Paramount Pictures – Paramount Play, MTV, Comedy Central, Nick Jr and Nickelodeon.

Orange Polska unveils new 4K box

By Chris Dziadul

Orange customers in Poland who opt for the Orange TV service, as well as the Love package, can now choose a modern 4K decoder.

According to the company, the 4K Premium decoder (ICU100) or a 4K decoder (IWU200) with a multirecorder service includes live TV replay and seven day catch-up.

It also allows users to record an unlimited number of programmes, which can then be stored in the cloud and watched for 30 days.

The multirecorder service will be continually enriched with more channels and is also available to Orange TV Go customers.

Users of Orange’s Multi Premium service who use the 4K decoders will be able to watch programmes recorded on the multirecorder service on other devices.

Meanwhile, subscribers to Orange TV’s extended fibre optic packages will also receive access to the extensive film library of Paramount Pictures – Paramount Play, MTV, Comedy Central, Nick Jr and Nickelodeon.

Prima expands HbbTV service

By Chris Dziadul

The Czech broadcaster Prima has widened its HbbTV offer of children’s programmes and documentaries.

As a result, kids can now access over 1,000 fairy tales, while viewers interested in documentaries can chose from over 200 videos from an expanded Prima Zoom range.

In another innovation to Prima’s HbbTV service, users will find it easier to select programmes in the menu via the Red Button.

Commenting on the development, Daniel Grunt, director of new media at Prima, said: “Our goal is to provide users with even more entertainment, and that means more video content that is engaging, easily accessible and safe for the viewer. Of course, a long-term trend in online video ratings is in-house shows as well as children’s shows. HbbTV, available via the familiar red button on the remote, already hosts 90% of all children’s videos”.

Prima notes that all the videos are free to watch.

Prima expands HbbTV service

By Chris Dziadul

The Czech broadcaster Prima has widened its HbbTV offer of children’s programmes and documentaries.

As a result, kids can now access over 1,000 fairy tales, while viewers interested in documentaries can chose from over 200 videos from an expanded Prima Zoom range.

In another innovation to Prima’s HbbTV service, users will find it easier to select programmes in the menu via the Red Button.

Commenting on the development, Daniel Grunt, director of new media at Prima, said: “Our goal is to provide users with even more entertainment, and that means more video content that is engaging, easily accessible and safe for the viewer. Of course, a long-term trend in online video ratings is in-house shows as well as children’s shows. HbbTV, available via the familiar red button on the remote, already hosts 90% of all children’s videos”.

Prima notes that all the videos are free to watch.

Disney picks the Netherlands to launch Disney+ streaming in Europe

By robin
The Disney group will launch its new streaming service Disney+ in the Netherlands as well as the US and Canada...

New BBC Studios role for Zbigniew Pruski

By Chris Dziadul

Zbigniew Pruski has been appointed the commercial director for branded services, Central and Eastern Europe, BBC Studios.

At the same time, Pierre Cloete will take on the same role for sub-Saharan Africa. According to BBC Studios, the appointments follow the recent reorganisation of CEMA from general market management to a focus on specialist lines of business.

Both roles will report into Louise La Grange, SVP branded services commercial and will be responsible for delivering branded services revenue and profit across CEE and sub-Saharan Africa, in line with targets and growth ambitions and through expert client management and new business development.

Pruski, who will be based in Warsaw, takes up this new and expanded position for the region after a successful tenure as head of affiliate sales for BBC Studios in Poland, where he was responsible for developing strategic distribution initiatives for the BBC channel portfolio.

He joined BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide) in 2011 from Discovery Networks Central Europe where he was affiliate sales administration executive.

He began his TV career at distribution and management agency Program as the key account manager for broadcasters such as CNBC Europe, BBC Worldwide and NGC.

Commenting on the two appointments, Louise La Grange, said: “The appointments of commercial directors for sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe signals our on-going commitment to the African and CEE markets and a continued local presence on the ground. Pierre and Zbigniew have proven track records in the industry and I am confident that their local insight, expertise, and great relationships will give us the focus, consistency, and effectiveness we need to put us in the best position to achieve our ambitions for growth.”

New BBC Studios role for Zbigniew Pruski

By Chris Dziadul

Zbigniew Pruski has been appointed the commercial director for branded services, Central and Eastern Europe, BBC Studios.

At the same time, Pierre Cloete will take on the same role for sub-Saharan Africa. According to BBC Studios, the appointments follow the recent reorganisation of CEMA from general market management to a focus on specialist lines of business.

Both roles will report into Louise La Grange, SVP branded services commercial and will be responsible for delivering branded services revenue and profit across CEE and sub-Saharan Africa, in line with targets and growth ambitions and through expert client management and new business development.

Pruski, who will be based in Warsaw, takes up this new and expanded position for the region after a successful tenure as head of affiliate sales for BBC Studios in Poland, where he was responsible for developing strategic distribution initiatives for the BBC channel portfolio.

He joined BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide) in 2011 from Discovery Networks Central Europe where he was affiliate sales administration executive.

He began his TV career at distribution and management agency Program as the key account manager for broadcasters such as CNBC Europe, BBC Worldwide and NGC.

Commenting on the two appointments, Louise La Grange, said: “The appointments of commercial directors for sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe signals our on-going commitment to the African and CEE markets and a continued local presence on the ground. Pierre and Zbigniew have proven track records in the industry and I am confident that their local insight, expertise, and great relationships will give us the focus, consistency, and effectiveness we need to put us in the best position to achieve our ambitions for growth.”

New BBC Studios role for Zbigniew Pruski

By Chris Dziadul

Zbigniew Pruski has been appointed the commercial director for branded services, Central and Eastern Europe, BBC Studios.

At the same time, Pierre Cloete will take on the same role for sub-Saharan Africa. According to BBC Studios, the appointments follow the recent reorganisation of CEMA from general market management to a focus on specialist lines of business.

Both roles will report into Louise La Grange, SVP branded services commercial and will be responsible for delivering branded services revenue and profit across CEE and sub-Saharan Africa, in line with targets and growth ambitions and through expert client management and new business development.

Pruski, who will be based in Warsaw, takes up this new and expanded position for the region after a successful tenure as head of affiliate sales for BBC Studios in Poland, where he was responsible for developing strategic distribution initiatives for the BBC channel portfolio.

He joined BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide) in 2011 from Discovery Networks Central Europe where he was affiliate sales administration executive.

He began his TV career at distribution and management agency Program as the key account manager for broadcasters such as CNBC Europe, BBC Worldwide and NGC.

Commenting on the two appointments, Louise La Grange, said: “The appointments of commercial directors for sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe signals our on-going commitment to the African and CEE markets and a continued local presence on the ground. Pierre and Zbigniew have proven track records in the industry and I am confident that their local insight, expertise, and great relationships will give us the focus, consistency, and effectiveness we need to put us in the best position to achieve our ambitions for growth.”

Fake sex dating site victims to share €9m compensation

By robin
Some 37,000 people who lost money on fake dating sites will share €9m in compensation agreed by the company behind...

Fibre drives Netia’s TV business

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Netia saw its TV RGU total grow by 13% in the year to June 30.

In its latest set of results the company says that this was down to the modernisation of its fibre network, now offering broadband access of up to 1Gbps and allowing it to effectively sell packages that include TV services.

It adds that the number of B2C TV subscribers stood at 221,000 at the end of June, or 4,000 more than three months earlier.

Netia had revenues of PLN326 million (€74.8 million) in Q2. Although the figure was similar to that in the first quarter (PLN327 million), it was down 5% on the same period in 2018.

EBITDA, in accordance with MSR 17, was PLN 90 million, up 9% on Q1 but 3% down on a year earlier.

Netia is the leading alternative telco in Poland and has been majority owned by Cyfrowy Polsat since May 2018.

Fibre drives Netia’s TV business

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Netia saw its TV RGU total grow by 13% in the year to June 30.

In its latest set of results the company says that this was down to the modernisation of its fibre network, now offering broadband access of up to 1Gbps and allowing it to effectively sell packages that include TV services.

It adds that the number of B2C TV subscribers stood at 221,000 at the end of June, or 4,000 more than three months earlier.

Netia had revenues of PLN326 million (€74.8 million) in Q2. Although the figure was similar to that in the first quarter (PLN327 million), it was down 5% on the same period in 2018.

EBITDA, in accordance with MSR 17, was PLN 90 million, up 9% on Q1 but 3% down on a year earlier.

Netia is the leading alternative telco in Poland and has been majority owned by Cyfrowy Polsat since May 2018.

Yesterday β€” August 19th 2019Your RSS feeds

N.Y.C. Is on Pace to Draw a Record 67 Million Tourists This Year

By Patrick McGeehan

Monday: The city could see close to two million more visitors than it did in 2018, according to the tourism marketing agency.

Before yesterdayYour RSS feeds

How Payal Kadakia Danced Her Way to a $600 Million Start-Up

By David Gelles

The daughter of Indian immigrants went to M.I.T. and worked at Bain & Company before founding ClassPass.

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

By Lauren Hard

A look at the waves of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the fate of bohemian consumerism and the doctor behind The New York Times Magazine’s “Diagnosis” column.

Atlanta Hotel, Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Reopens

By Elisha Brown

Bacteria was found on a cooling tower and a fountain in the hotel’s atrium, Georgia public health officials said.

How Payal Kadakia Danced Her Way to a $600 Million Start-Up

By David Gelles

The daughter of Indian immigrants went to M.I.T. and worked at Bain & Company before founding ClassPass.

Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount

By Emily Flitter

When the bank closes customers’ accounts, it doesn’t always mean money stops going out. That can leave customers with hefty overdraft charges.

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