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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.

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.”

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

Viacom teams up with Access for in-car TV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Japanese car IT solutions provider Access have formed a partnership to make the US media company’s TV brands accessible to vehicle passengers via the Twine4Car system in Germany.

Under the terms of deal, Access is acquiring the rights to make linear feeds of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon available in German language for integration into in-car infotainment systems being developed by German car manufacturers.

The channels available via the Twine4Car service offered by Access will be a simulcast of the linear TV networks that Viacom makes available free-to-air in Germany, featuring the same content and advertising.

“Viacom believes in-car entertainment is an exciting new frontier for the video industries, with the next generation of mobile network technology ushering in a new era of connected vehicles and immersive entertainment experiences on-the-go,” said Raffaele Annecchino, president and managing director of VIMN Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“This deal is the first of its kind for Viacom and I’m really excited by its potential to showcase our ability to offer entertainment experiences that can deeply engage passengers of all ages,” added Annecchino.

Dr Neale Foster, CEO at Access Europe, said: “The automotive industry faces unprecedented opportunities and challenges. By bringing content and brands from Viacom to Twine4Car we are enabling car manufacturers to provide unique entertainment experiences that will deepen their relationships with car users.”

Viacom teams up with Access for in-car TV

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Japanese car IT solutions provider Access have formed a partnership to make the US media company’s TV brands accessible to vehicle passengers via the Twine4Car system in Germany.

Under the terms of deal, Access is acquiring the rights to make linear feeds of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon available in German language for integration into in-car infotainment systems being developed by German car manufacturers.

The channels available via the Twine4Car service offered by Access will be a simulcast of the linear TV networks that Viacom makes available free-to-air in Germany, featuring the same content and advertising.

“Viacom believes in-car entertainment is an exciting new frontier for the video industries, with the next generation of mobile network technology ushering in a new era of connected vehicles and immersive entertainment experiences on-the-go,” said Raffaele Annecchino, president and managing director of VIMN Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“This deal is the first of its kind for Viacom and I’m really excited by its potential to showcase our ability to offer entertainment experiences that can deeply engage passengers of all ages,” added Annecchino.

Dr Neale Foster, CEO at Access Europe, said: “The automotive industry faces unprecedented opportunities and challenges. By bringing content and brands from Viacom to Twine4Car we are enabling car manufacturers to provide unique entertainment experiences that will deepen their relationships with car users.”

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Germany Has Powered Europe’s Economy. What Happens When Its Engine Stalls?

By Jack Ewing

The economic woes afflicting the region’s biggest economy will drag down the region, despite growth in countries like Greece, Portugal and Spain, analysts say.

nc+ to buy Kino Swiat

By Chris Dziadul

ITI Neovision, the operator of the Polish DTH platform nc+, has agreed to buy a 70% stake in Kino Swiat, the country’s leading film distributor.

As a result of the deal, the financial details of which have not been disclosed, nc+ will distribute Kino Swiat’s library, which consists of over 2,000 hours of cinema and TV movies (1,200 titles).

Kino Swiat was founded in 2001 and is also a film producer and co-producer.

In addition, it operates the most popular YouTube movie channel in Poland, with 40 million views, and the most popular Facebook movie page, with over half a million users.

The transaction requires the permission of the Polish competition authority UOKiK.

nc+ to buy Kino Swiat

By Chris Dziadul

ITI Neovision, the operator of the Polish DTH platform nc+, has agreed to buy a 70% stake in Kino Swiat, the country’s leading film distributor.

As a result of the deal, the financial details of which have not been disclosed, nc+ will distribute Kino Swiat’s library, which consists of over 2,000 hours of cinema and TV movies (1,200 titles).

Kino Swiat was founded in 2001 and is also a film producer and co-producer.

In addition, it operates the most popular YouTube movie channel in Poland, with 40 million views, and the most popular Facebook movie page, with over half a million users.

The transaction requires the permission of the Polish competition authority UOKiK.

The Strange Case of the C.I.A. Interpreter and the 9/11 Trial

By Carol Rosenberg

During a hearing in 2015 at the Guantánamo war court, a defendant recognized an interpreter from the black-site prison network where the United States tortured detainees. What followed was an epic legal tangle.

Hungarian pay-TV: the stats

By Chris Dziadul

Hungary ended June with 2,548,962 cable and IPTV subscribers, according to data published by the regulator NMHH.

Of these, 1,878,425 opted for digital and 670,537 analogue services.

This compared to 2,544,040 cable and IPTV subscribers, of which 1,870,819 were digital and 673,221 analogue, a month earlier.

Meanwhile, the number of DTH subscribers fell from 762,549 in May to 7858,845 in June, and the pay-DTT total rose from 93,798 to 94,247 over the same period.

The estimated total number of pay-TV subscriptions in June stood at 3,579,000, or 2,000 more than a month earlier.

Data for the findings was provided by Magyar Telekom, UPC Hungary, Digi (Invitel and Digi), PR-Telekom, Tarr, ViDaNet, Parisat, UPC DTH and Antenna Hungária.

Hungarian pay-TV: the stats

By Chris Dziadul

Hungary ended June with 2,548,962 cable and IPTV subscribers, according to data published by the regulator NMHH.

Of these, 1,878,425 opted for digital and 670,537 analogue services.

This compared to 2,544,040 cable and IPTV subscribers, of which 1,870,819 were digital and 673,221 analogue, a month earlier.

Meanwhile, the number of DTH subscribers fell from 762,549 in May to 7858,845 in June, and the pay-DTT total rose from 93,798 to 94,247 over the same period.

The estimated total number of pay-TV subscriptions in June stood at 3,579,000, or 2,000 more than a month earlier.

Data for the findings was provided by Magyar Telekom, UPC Hungary, Digi (Invitel and Digi), PR-Telekom, Tarr, ViDaNet, Parisat, UPC DTH and Antenna Hungária.

Netflix takes lead in Poland

By Chris Dziadul

Netflix was the most watched VOD service in Poland last month, being viewed by one in eight Polish internet users.

Data produced by Gemius/PBI for Wirtualne Media shows that it had 3,478,832 real users and a reach of 12.45%.

It was followed by vod.pl (3,257,867 and 11.66% respectively), wp.pl –video (2,624,655, 9.39%) and cda.pl – premium (2,525,004, 9.03%).

Although opens for Netflix were not available, the highest recorded were for tvp.pl VOD services (24,915,884), followed by player.pl (22,149,664).

Ampere Analysis has estimated that Netflix currently has around 800,000 paying customers in Poland.

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