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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.

nc+ to rebrand as Canal+

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish DTH platform nc+ is likely to be rebranded as Canal+ in the next few months.

Quoting a note supplied by the platform’s operator ITI Neovision, Wirtualne Media reports that the reason for the change is the strengthening of the Canal+ mark in nc+’s portfolio.

Nc+ was formed in 2013 by the merger of the DTH platforms Cyfra+ and n.

ITI Neovision is majority (51%) owned by Canal+, with TVN (32%) and Liberty Global (17%) its other backers.

nc+ to rebrand as Platforma Canal+

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish DTH platform nc+ is likely to be rebranded as Platforma Canal+ in the next few months.

Quoting a note supplied by the platform’s operator ITI Neovision, Wirtualne Media reports that the reason for the change is the strengthening of the Canal+ mark in nc+’s portfolio.

Nc+ was formed in 2013 by the merger of the DTH platforms Cyfra+ and n.

ITI Neovision is majority (51%) owned by Canal+, with TVN (32%) and Liberty Global (17%) its other backers.

New sports channels from nc+

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish DTH platform nc+ has added two new proprietary sports channel to its offer.

Known as Canal+ Sport 3 and Canal+ Sport 4, they are dedicated to coverage of the Polish premier football league PKO Ekstraklasa and will be made available for distribution by other TV operators. Local reports indicate that one of them could be Cyfrowy Polsat, nc+’s main competitor.

Commenting on the launch, nc+ CEO Edyta Sadowska said: “The launch of two new channels dedicated to PKO Ekstraklasa games will allow the extension of the distribution model of national competitions to include further TV platforms. The long-term advantage is not only for all fans, but also for PKO Ekstraklasa and football clubs. For us, it is also possible to monetise expensive sports rights in the entire market, and not only on our own platform”.

New sports channels from nc+

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish DTH platform nc+ has added two new proprietary sports channel to its offer.

Known as Canal+ Sport 3 and Canal+ Sport 4, they are dedicated to coverage of the Polish premier football league PKO Ekstraklasa and will be made available for distribution by other TV operators. Local reports indicate that one of them could be Cyfrowy Polsat, nc+’s main competitor.

Commenting on the launch, nc+ CEO Edyta Sadowska said: “The launch of two new channels dedicated to PKO Ekstraklasa games will allow the extension of the distribution model of national competitions to include further TV platforms. The long-term advantage is not only for all fans, but also for PKO Ekstraklasa and football clubs. For us, it is also possible to monetise expensive sports rights in the entire market, and not only on our own platform”.

New sports channels from nc+

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish DTH platform nc+ has added two new proprietary sports channel to its offer.

Known as Canal+ Sport 3 and Canal+ Sport 4, they are dedicated to coverage of the Polish premier football league PKO Ekstraklasa and will be made available for distribution by other TV operators. Local reports indicate that one of them could be Cyfrowy Polsat, nc+’s main competitor.

Commenting on the launch, nc+ CEO Edyta Sadowska said: “The launch of two new channels dedicated to PKO Ekstraklasa games will allow the extension of the distribution model of national competitions to include further TV platforms. The long-term advantage is not only for all fans, but also for PKO Ekstraklasa and football clubs. For us, it is also possible to monetise expensive sports rights in the entire market, and not only on our own platform”.

Edyta Sadowska to head nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Edyta Sadowska has been appointed the president and CEO of the Polish DTH platform nc+, effective June 1.

She will replace Manuel Rougeron, who joined the company in December 2013 and will remain a special advisor to the nc+ board until the end of this July.
On August 1 he will join the Canal+ International team in Paris and take the position of executive VP for the Asia-Pacific markets. He will also be appointed to the supervisory board of nc+.

Edyta Sadowska has been a member of the nc+ board as VP for programming since February 2018. She was previously associated with, amongst others, Ringier Axel Springer Poland, where she held the position of president of the board.

Then, as a board member of the merged Onet-RAS Polska group (Ringier Axel Springer, One.pl, Media Impact Polska) she was responsible for the building and implementing development strategy and the digital transformation of the largest press and online media titles.

Edyta Sadowska to head nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Edyta Sadowska has been appointed the president and CEO of the Polish DTH platform nc+, effective June 1.

She will replace Manuel Rougeron, who joined the company in December 2013 and will remain a special advisor to the nc+ board until the end of this July.
On August 1 he will join the Canal+ International team in Paris and take the position of executive VP for the Asia-Pacific markets. He will also be appointed to the supervisory board of nc+.

Edyta Sadowska has been a member of the nc+ board as VP for programming since February 2018. She was previously associated with, amongst others, Ringier Axel Springer Poland, where she held the position of president of the board.

Then, as a board member of the merged Onet-RAS Polska group (Ringier Axel Springer, One.pl, Media Impact Polska) she was responsible for the building and implementing development strategy and the digital transformation of the largest press and online media titles.

New football rights tender in Poland

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish premier football league Ekstraklasa has launched a tender for audiovisual bookmakers’ rights for the seasons 2019/20 and 2020/21.

In a statement, it says the commercialisation of the rights is being undertaken jointly with the DTH platform nc+, the main TV broadcaster of Ekstraklasa since 1995. It adds that in the first instance licensed bookmakers operating on the Polish market will be invited to submit bids. Contracts with those selected will be signed by April 30 this year. By the end of this season the league will also sell the rights to highlights on TV and the internet, as well as the international rights.

Commenting on the development, Marcin Animucki, chairman of the board at Ekstraklasa, said: “after the success of contracts for the rights to domestic television broadcasts, we are beginning to sell smaller packages. This is very important for us due to the additional funds that will be provided to clubs and the role of promoting games among fans. This year, for the first time ever, we want to offer rights to bookmakers operating in Poland. We have already had a series of meetings with their representatives and as a result of discussions with nc + have developed packages to show Ekstraklasa games on bookmaker platforms”.

As part of the tender procedure, bookmakers will be offered two packages. The first will allow the purchase of rights to broadcast 296 Ekstraklasa football matches exclusively, and as a result showing Ekstraklasa matches for a limited period on the online bookmaker platform where bets are accepted. The second, alternative package will allow up to four licensed companies accepting bets to purchase such rights without exclusivity.

MyCanal to debut in Poland

By Chris Dziadul

Vivendi has earmarked Poland as one of the foreign markets in which it will launch its on demand service myCanal.

Speaking to Wirtualne Media, Piotr Kaniowski, head of corporate, technology and offers at the DTH platform nc+, confirmed the news first given by Arnaud de Puyfontaine, president and general director, Vivendi, when discussing the company’s plans last month.

Nc+ currently operates its own VOD service named nc+ Go and also works with Player+, owned by TVN and Discovery Polska. At this stage it remains unclear as to where or not myCanal will replace nc+ Go and be offered only to nc+ customers, or indeed be made available as a standalone service to the wider public.

Meanwhile, Maciej Maciejowski, a member of the board at TVN and Discovery Polska, said that Player and myCanal are completely different products and that in his view there is room for both in the Polish market.

Wojciech Rzazewski joins nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Wojciech Rzazewski has been appointed the director of digital products at the Polish DTH platform nc+.

In his new role, effective March 4, he will be responsible for the development of digital products and services.

Rzazewski has many years of experience in this field and was most recently at Ringier Axel Springer Polska, where he was the development director for online products and oversaw the company’s digital activities, including internet services, mobile applications and social media.

Prior to that, as the chief digital officer, he was responsible for, amongst others, the creation and implementation of a product strategy for online channels and the digital transformation of print titles in the Ringier Axel Springer Polska portfolio.

Wojciech Rzazewski joins nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Wojciech Rzazewski has been appointed the director of digital products at the Polish DTH platform nc+.

In his new role, effective March 4, he will be responsible for the development of digital products and services.

Rzazewski has many years of experience in this field and was most recently at Ringier Axel Springer Polska, where he was the development director for online products and oversaw the company’s digital activities, including internet services, mobile applications and social media.

Prior to that, as the chief digital officer, he was responsible for, amongst others, the creation and implementation of a product strategy for online channels and the digital transformation of print titles in the Ringier Axel Springer Polska portfolio.

Wojciech Rzazewski joins nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Wojciech Rzazewski has been appointed the director of digital products at the Polish DTH platform nc+.

In his new role, effective March 4, he will be responsible for the development of digital products and services.

Rzazewski has many years of experience in this field and was most recently at Ringier Axel Springer Polska, where he was the development director for online products and oversaw the company’s digital activities, including internet services, mobile applications and social media.

Prior to that, as the chief digital officer, he was responsible for, amongst others, the creation and implementation of a product strategy for online channels and the digital transformation of print titles in the Ringier Axel Springer Polska portfolio.

Anna Roszewska joins nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Anna Roszewska has been appointed the HR and administration director at the Polish DTH platform nc+, effective February 11.

In her new role, she will report directly to Manuel Ruugeron, the company’s chairman of the board, and be responsible for the overall management and planning of all issues related to HR and nc + administration.

Roszewska has 15 years of managerial experience in all aspects related to human, admin and internal communication, having previously held positions at Agora, Cyfrowy Polsat and GK Netia.

Commenting on her appointment, Rougeron said: “We are happy to welcome Anna Roszewska to our organization, in which she will hold a key position. Anna will certainly bring her extensive experience and knowledge in the field of human resources management, supporting the implementation of our company vision and responding to the rapid evolution of the media industry”.

Anna Roszewska joins nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Anna Roszewska has been appointed the HR and administration director at the Polish DTH platform nc+, effective February 11.

In her new role, she will report directly to Manuel Ruugeron, the company’s chairman of the board, and be responsible for the overall management and planning of all issues related to HR and nc + administration.

Roszewska has 15 years of managerial experience in all aspects related to human, admin and internal communication, having previously held positions at Agora, Cyfrowy Polsat and GK Netia.

Commenting on her appointment, Rougeron said: “We are happy to welcome Anna Roszewska to our organization, in which she will hold a key position. Anna will certainly bring her extensive experience and knowledge in the field of human resources management, supporting the implementation of our company vision and responding to the rapid evolution of the media industry”.

nc+ boosts mobile TV offer

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish DTH platform nc+ has added 22 more channels to its nc+ GO service.

As a result, nc+ GO, which can be received on mobile devices, PCs and laptops, now consists of 118 live channels.

The new channels cover several genres, including films and series (nine, among them several from Filmbox), entertainment (seven), sport (three), documentaries (two) and information (one).

Aside from the 118 channels, eight of which are from Canal+, nc+ GO also offers viewers thousands of films, series and programmes on demand.

It is available free of charge to nc+ customers and can be received on up to four registered devices and two at any one time.

Edyta Sawdowska joins nc+

By Chris Dziadul

Edyta Sadowska has been appointed the new head of the programming division at the Polish DTH platform nc+, effective March 6.

In her new role, she will be responsible for nc+’s programming strategy, the development of its own channels, local productions, external channels and strategic business partnerships. She will also become a member of the management board at nc+.

Commenting on the appointment, Manuel Rougeron, president of the board and general director at nc+, said: “nc+’s programme offer is a is a key area of our activity in the context of an increasingly competitive market. The role of the head of the programming division is absolutely key within our top management. Edyta’s tasks will focus on ensuring strong cooperation, especially with our mother companies and shareholders, the Canal + Group and TVN, so that we can use our international experience as well as the most important players on the Polish market. I believe that Edyta’s experience and charisma will help us continue to provide our clients with the best entertainment and innovative content in the highest possible quality and form”.

Sadowska added: “nc + is a thriving company. These are great television and cinema productions, which often set new trends, the latest technologies, and a wide distribution platform … personally, I am a loyal fan of “Belfra”, therefore I was happy with the nc + proposal, but professionally it is a challenge that I have been waiting for”.

Sadowka has many years of managerial experience, most recently as president of Ringier Axel Springer in Poland.

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