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Polish bison staring down the barrel of cull

By Sam Morgan

Poland’s endangered bison herds could be subject to a cull if environmental lawyers fail in their bid to overturn a decision by the country’s head of environmental protection.

Russia angry at Poland over WWII anniversary snub

By admin

Russia expressed anger on Wednesday (20 March) that President Vladimir Putin has not been invited to ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Poland later this year.

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Cyfrowy Polsat sums up 2018

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat saw its revenues grow by more than 10% to reach PLN10.7 billion (€2.5 billion) in 2018.

At the same time, according to a summary of the year published by the company, its EBITDA increased by 7% to PLN3.7 billion.

Other highlights on the year included over 30% of customers using bundled offers; the number of multiplay customers increasing by 19% to 1.8 million; and churn falling to a record low of 7.6% annually. Furthermore, the total number of contracted pay-TV customers exceeded 5 million. ARPU in Q4 stood at PLN84, up 2.6% on 12 months earlier.

Commenting on the year, Tobias Solorz, CEO of Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel, said: “In 2018 we are able to implement all our plans and assumptions while strengthening our position on pay-TV, telecommunications as well as TV broadcasting and production markets. We continued growth in the segment of multiplay services while offering a wide range of services and attractive bundles to our customers. Our success is best demonstrated by the figures – we have nearly 1.8 million multiplay customers who have bundled together nearly 5.4 million pay-TV, mobile telephony and internet access services. Plus was the leader in the MNP area, and it was the only infrastructural operator to have recorded positive MNP balance last year. For the first time in history we were providing in excess of 14 million contract services while the churn level continued to decrease and reached a record-low level of 7.6%, which is indicative of high satisfaction of our customers with the services we provide to them. We can confidently say that we have the most loyal customers. And we would like to thank them very much for their trust”

He added: “In 2018 our operations were effectively supported by our strategic acquisitions. Adding Netia to Cyfrowy Polsat Group enabled our companies to embark on operational cooperation in key areas. Fibre-optic internet access, offering transfer rates of up to 900 Mbps, has been added to our smartDOM loyalty program, while Netia’s TV offer has been extended to include new TV stations from Polsat TV’s rich portfolio of channels and the package including the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League matches. Acquisition of shares in Eleven Sports Network’s Polish operations resulted in strengthening of our premium sports offer”.

Cyfrowy Polsat sums up 2018

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat saw its revenues grow by more than 10% to reach PLN10.7 billion (€2.5 billion) in 2018.

At the same time, according to a summary of the year published by the company, its EBITDA increased by 7% to PLN3.7 billion.

Other highlights on the year included over 30% of customers using bundled offers; the number of multiplay customers increasing by 19% to 1.8 million; and churn falling to a record low of 7.6% annually. Furthermore, the total number of contracted pay-TV customers exceeded 5 million. ARPU in Q4 stood at PLN84, up 2.6% on 12 months earlier.

Commenting on the year, Tobias Solorz, CEO of Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel, said: “In 2018 we are able to implement all our plans and assumptions while strengthening our position on pay-TV, telecommunications as well as TV broadcasting and production markets. We continued growth in the segment of multiplay services while offering a wide range of services and attractive bundles to our customers. Our success is best demonstrated by the figures – we have nearly 1.8 million multiplay customers who have bundled together nearly 5.4 million pay-TV, mobile telephony and internet access services. Plus was the leader in the MNP area, and it was the only infrastructural operator to have recorded positive MNP balance last year. For the first time in history we were providing in excess of 14 million contract services while the churn level continued to decrease and reached a record-low level of 7.6%, which is indicative of high satisfaction of our customers with the services we provide to them. We can confidently say that we have the most loyal customers. And we would like to thank them very much for their trust”

He added: “In 2018 our operations were effectively supported by our strategic acquisitions. Adding Netia to Cyfrowy Polsat Group enabled our companies to embark on operational cooperation in key areas. Fibre-optic internet access, offering transfer rates of up to 900 Mbps, has been added to our smartDOM loyalty program, while Netia’s TV offer has been extended to include new TV stations from Polsat TV’s rich portfolio of channels and the package including the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League matches. Acquisition of shares in Eleven Sports Network’s Polish operations resulted in strengthening of our premium sports offer”.

TVP targets Lithuania

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish public broadcaster TVP has signed an agreement with Poland’s foreign ministry to launch a TV channel aimed at ethnic Poles in Lithuania.

In a statement, it says that work on the channel, known as TVP Wilno (‘TVP Vilnius’), has been taking place for a year.

It adds that the channel will be in the Polish language and produced by ethnic Poles in Lithuania.

Its offer will initially be based on TVP Polonia, the long-established channel targeting the Polish diaspora around the world.

In a separate development, TVP says that its supervisory board has suspended Piotr Palka, a member of its management board.

TVP targets Lithuania

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish public broadcaster TVP has signed an agreement with Poland’s foreign ministry to launch a TV channel aimed at ethnic Poles in Lithuania.

In a statement, it says that work on the channel, known as TVP Wilno (‘TVP Vilnius’), has been taking place for a year.

It adds that the channel will be in the Polish language and produced by ethnic Poles in Lithuania.

Its offer will initially be based on TVP Polonia, the long-established channel targeting the Polish diaspora around the world.

In a separate development, TVP says that its supervisory board has suspended Piotr Palka, a member of its management board.

TVP targets Lithuania

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish public broadcaster TVP has signed an agreement with Poland’s foreign ministry to launch a TV channel aimed at ethnic Poles in Lithuania.

In a statement, it says that work on the channel, known as TVP Wilno (‘TVP Vilnius’), has been taking place for a year.

It adds that the channel will be in the Polish language and produced by ethnic Poles in Lithuania.

Its offer will initially be based on TVP Polonia, the long-established channel targeting the Polish diaspora around the world.

In a separate development, TVP says that its supervisory board has suspended Piotr Palka, a member of its management board.

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Eleven Sports extends Formula 1 Polish deal

By Chris Dziadul

Eleven Sports has extended its rights agreement with Formula 1 in Poland to the end of the 2022 season.

As a result, it will show all the action from every race weekend exclusively live throughout the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons. This is in addition to the current 2019 season which started in Australia last weekend.

Together with this renewed partnership, Eleven will sub-license highlights to Polsat and abridged live race programmes to TVP commencing from the 2019 season, which will provide extensive FTA coverage for the sport throughout the term.

The agreement also includes the broadcasting rights to FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 Championship and the Porsche Supercup Series, which commences in 2019 and concludes in 2022, and will be available on Polsat’s Sports Channels.

Commenting on the development, Michaella Snoeck, senior manager, media rights at Formula 1, said: “We are delighted to have extended our long-standing partnership with Eleven Sports for a further three seasons. Eleven Sports will broadcast a comprehensive offering made up of their high-quality on-site production and international feed coverage across their channels, which will be further enhanced by their sub-licensing partnership with both Polsat and Telewizja Polska SA, providing expanded FTA coverage to further support the growth of Formula 1 in Poland.”

Krzysztof Swiergiel, CEO of Eleven Sports in Poland, added: “With a big following of loyal fans who love the thrilling spectacle of Formula 1, the series has become a very important part of our premium offer in Poland. It has been a top priority to secure this extension and we are delighted that we will continue to cover every single lap with comprehensive, in depth coverage from every race weekend.”

Eleven Sports extends Formula 1 Polish deal

By Chris Dziadul

Eleven Sports has extended its rights agreement with Formula 1 in Poland to the end of the 2022 season.

As a result, it will show all the action from every race weekend exclusively live throughout the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons. This is in addition to the current 2019 season which started in Australia last weekend.

Together with this renewed partnership, Eleven will sub-license highlights to Polsat and abridged live race programmes to TVP commencing from the 2019 season, which will provide extensive FTA coverage for the sport throughout the term.

The agreement also includes the broadcasting rights to FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 Championship and the Porsche Supercup Series, which commences in 2019 and concludes in 2022, and will be available on Polsat’s Sports Channels.

Commenting on the development, Michaella Snoeck, senior manager, media rights at Formula 1, said: “We are delighted to have extended our long-standing partnership with Eleven Sports for a further three seasons. Eleven Sports will broadcast a comprehensive offering made up of their high-quality on-site production and international feed coverage across their channels, which will be further enhanced by their sub-licensing partnership with both Polsat and Telewizja Polska SA, providing expanded FTA coverage to further support the growth of Formula 1 in Poland.”

Krzysztof Swiergiel, CEO of Eleven Sports in Poland, added: “With a big following of loyal fans who love the thrilling spectacle of Formula 1, the series has become a very important part of our premium offer in Poland. It has been a top priority to secure this extension and we are delighted that we will continue to cover every single lap with comprehensive, in depth coverage from every race weekend.”

Poland snubs Russia ahead of WWII commemoration

Polish authorities have refused to invite a Russian delegation to a commemoration ceremony marking the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

The Theater at the Forefront of Poland’s Culture Wars

By ALEX MARSHALL

The Powszechny Theater in Warsaw faced protests and acid attacks when it staged a play about the Catholic Church. Will its staging of “Mein Kampf” cause more uproar?

Belgium, Germany make joint proposal for EU rule of law monitoring mechanism

By Alexandra Brzozowski

Germany and Belgium put forward on Tuesday (19 March) a joint proposal for a rule of law peer review in all EU member states. The new mechanism is meant to be applied in parallel to the already existing Article 7 procedure enshrined in the treaties.

Farage to lobby EU countries in search of Brexit extension veto

By Georgi Gotev

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on Wednesday (13 March) he will lobby EU countries to make sure one of them vetoes a possible extension of Article 50 past the 29 March deadline.

Polish cable challenges access proposals

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications (PIKE) has issued a strongly worded statement criticising draft proposals by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) that would open up the networks of the six leading cable operators to other parties.

According to PIKE, the negative effects of the draft proposals may affect up to 4.5 million households in Poland. If they come into force, customers will not be able to use the services of various operators providing TV, internet or telephony togther, and instead be forced to choose only one supplier. Investment in the development of high-speed internet is also at risk and the choice and diversity of services available to consumers will be limited.

PIKE notes that these proposals impose duties on only six selected cable operators, discrimating against these companies and the technology they employ. Furthermore, the publication of the draft decisions was not preceeded by market analyses as required by law.

There is also particular concern about the fact that UKE would impose expensive regulatory obligations on cable operators while deregulating the incumbent telco Orange. This may result in the remonopolisation of the market, restriction of competition and quality of services.

There is also a risk of loss of service continuity for existing customers. As a result of regulatory actions, they can be disconnected, either deliberately or accidentally. The effect of this may be to deprive many households of access to digital services.

Jerzy Straszewski, president of PIKE, said: “The currently proposed regulation of access to cables goes across infrastructural competition, degrades business models based on wholesale, commercial access to infrastructure, discourages investment in modern infrastructure and deepens infrastructural backwardness of our country, to the detriment of the entire economy. PIKE indicates that the proposed regulations will lead to the discrimination of cable operators, their clients and technology, and asks the president of UKE to call for a sound analysis of the effects of regulation and to give up far-reaching and harmful solutions for the market and consumers”.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, UKE launched its consulation in January this year.

The proposals would affect Netia, UPC Polska, Multimedia Polska, Vectra Investments, Inea and Toya.

Polish cable challenges access proposals

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications (PIKE) has issued a strongly worded statement criticising draft proposals by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) that would open up the networks of the six leading cable operators to other parties.

According to PIKE, the negative effects of the draft proposals may affect up to 4.5 million households in Poland. If they come into force, customers will not be able to use the services of various operators providing TV, internet or telephony togther, and instead be forced to choose only one supplier. Investment in the development of high-speed internet is also at risk and the choice and diversity of services available to consumers will be limited.

PIKE notes that these proposals impose duties on only six selected cable operators, discrimating against these companies and the technology they employ. Furthermore, the publication of the draft decisions was not preceeded by market analyses as required by law.

There is also particular concern about the fact that UKE would impose expensive regulatory obligations on cable operators while deregulating the incumbent telco Orange. This may result in the remonopolisation of the market, restriction of competition and quality of services.

There is also a risk of loss of service continuity for existing customers. As a result of regulatory actions, they can be disconnected, either deliberately or accidentally. The effect of this may be to deprive many households of access to digital services.

Jerzy Straszewski, president of PIKE, said: “The currently proposed regulation of access to cables goes across infrastructural competition, degrades business models based on wholesale, commercial access to infrastructure, discourages investment in modern infrastructure and deepens infrastructural backwardness of our country, to the detriment of the entire economy. PIKE indicates that the proposed regulations will lead to the discrimination of cable operators, their clients and technology, and asks the president of UKE to call for a sound analysis of the effects of regulation and to give up far-reaching and harmful solutions for the market and consumers”.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, UKE launched its consulation in January this year.

The proposals would affect Netia, UPC Polska, Multimedia Polska, Vectra Investments, Inea and Toya.

Polish cable challenges access proposals

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications (PIKE) has issued a strongly worded statement criticising draft proposals by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) that would open up the networks of the six leading cable operators to other parties.

According to PIKE, the negative effects of the draft proposals may affect up to 4.5 million households in Poland. If they come into force, customers will not be able to use the services of various operators providing TV, internet or telephony togther, and instead be forced to choose only one supplier. Investment in the development of high-speed internet is also at risk and the choice and diversity of services available to consumers will be limited.

PIKE notes that these proposals impose duties on only six selected cable operators, discrimating against these companies and the technology they employ. Furthermore, the publication of the draft decisions was not preceeded by market analyses as required by law.

There is also particular concern about the fact that UKE would impose expensive regulatory obligations on cable operators while deregulating the incumbent telco Orange. This may result in the remonopolisation of the market, restriction of competition and quality of services.

There is also a risk of loss of service continuity for existing customers. As a result of regulatory actions, they can be disconnected, either deliberately or accidentally. The effect of this may be to deprive many households of access to digital services.

Jerzy Straszewski, president of PIKE, said: “The currently proposed regulation of access to cables goes across infrastructural competition, degrades business models based on wholesale, commercial access to infrastructure, discourages investment in modern infrastructure and deepens infrastructural backwardness of our country, to the detriment of the entire economy. PIKE indicates that the proposed regulations will lead to the discrimination of cable operators, their clients and technology, and asks the president of UKE to call for a sound analysis of the effects of regulation and to give up far-reaching and harmful solutions for the market and consumers”.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, UKE launched its consulation in January this year.

The proposals would affect Netia, UPC Polska, Multimedia Polska, Vectra Investments, Inea and Toya.

Poland seeks to prosecute communist-era judges, prosecutors

Poland's justice officials say they are seeking to prosecute seven communist-era judges and prosecutors who imprisoned pro-democracy fighters in the 1980s.

Poland seeks to prosecute communist-era judges, prosecutors

Poland's justice officials say they are seeking to prosecute seven communist-era judges and prosecutors who imprisoned pro-democracy fighters in the 1980s.

TVP grows revenues and VOD service

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish public broadcaster TVP saw its revenues from sponsorship and advertising grow by 13.7% in 2018.

According to Presservis, they amounted to PLN908 million (€211 million) and accounted for 47% of its revenues.

Meanwhile, receiver licence fees paid by viewers contributed PLN385.5 million, or 8.6% more than in 2017. In addition, TVP received PLN593.5 million in compensation for lost subscription fees in the period 2010-17. All told, subscription fee revenues were 57.5% higher in 2018 than in the previous year. TVP’s profit in 2018 amounted to PLN31.7 million.

Significantly, TVP has also disclosed that its TVP VoD Android application, which was launched in December 2017, was downloaded 573.4 thousand times up to the end of 2018, generating 18.9 million video plays. At the same time, the iOS version, released in February 2018, was downloaded 86.5 thousand times up until the end of the year, generating 2 million video plays.

Its TVP Sport mobile application was downloaded 676.2 thousand times last year, of which 44.3 thousand was during the World Cup.

TVP grows revenues and VOD service

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish public broadcaster TVP saw its revenues from sponsorship and advertising grow by 13.7% in 2018.

According to Presservis, they amounted to PLN908 million (€211 million) and accounted for 47% of its revenues.

Meanwhile, receiver licence fees paid by viewers contributed PLN385.5 million, or 8.6% more than in 2017. In addition, TVP received PLN593.5 million in compensation for lost subscription fees in the period 2010-17. All told, subscription fee revenues were 57.5% higher in 2018 than in the previous year. TVP’s profit in 2018 amounted to PLN31.7 million.

Significantly, TVP has also disclosed that its TVP VoD Android application, which was launched in December 2017, was downloaded 573.4 thousand times up to the end of 2018, generating 18.9 million video plays. At the same time, the iOS version, released in February 2018, was downloaded 86.5 thousand times up until the end of the year, generating 2 million video plays.

Its TVP Sport mobile application was downloaded 676.2 thousand times last year, of which 44.3 thousand was during the World Cup.

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