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Polish PM: Poland sets the standards in the EU

By Barbara Bodalska

"Poland sets the standards, ideas and proposals that are copied by the whole of Europe," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during an election campaign event for the local elections which are scheduled for 21 October. EURACTIV Poland reports.

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Ukrainian rights activist claims Poland banned her from Schengen zone

By Beatriz Rios

A Ukrainian human rights activist claimed on Thursday (16 August) that Warsaw had banned her from Poland and the rest of the Schengen zone in what she called "a political affair".

Polish president vetoes change to European parliament election rules

By Alexandra Brzozowski

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday (17 August) vetoed a controversial reform of European Parliament election rules that would have essentially kept all small parties in Poland out of the running. “I refuse to sign it and am sending the...

EU ramps up legal threat to Poland over court reform

By Beatriz Rios

The EU on Tuesday (14 August) stepped up its legal threats to Poland over its controversial supreme court reforms, giving Warsaw one month to comply or risk being hauled before the bloc's top court.

UPC gains Polsat premium football

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s leading cable operator UPC Polska is making the UEFA Champions League and Europa League available to its subscribers.

This follows the addition of the 24-hour Super HD channels Polsat Sport Premium 1 and Polsat Sport Premium 2, as well as four pay-pay-view services from Polsat Sport Premium, to its offer.

The channels will also be available on the Horizon Go mobile TV service.

The first Champions League play-offs will be shown live from August 21 and the group stages of the Europa League from September 20.

Commenting on the development, Robert Redeleanu, CEO of UPC Polska, said: “We are constantly developing our TV entertainment offer and believe that nothing gives football fans such emotions as access to world-class competitions. Thanks to our cooperation with Polsat, UPC customers will be able to watch the matches of the Champions League and the Europa League live in very good transmission quality for the next three years. It will be a perfect complement to the attractive set of sports events available at UPC, such as Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga. This is yet more proof of our commitment to providing high-quality content that strengthens our best brand on the Polish market in the field of internet and TV entertainment.”

UPC gains Polsat premium football

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s leading cable operator UPC Polska is making the UEFA Champions League and Europa League available to its subscribers.

This follows the addition of the 24-hour Super HD channels Polsat Sport Premium 1 and Polsat Sport Premium 2, as well as four pay-pay-view services from Polsat Sport Premium, to its offer.

The channels will also be available on the Horizon Go mobile TV service.

The first Champions League play-offs will be shown live from August 21 and the group stages of the Europa League from September 20.

Commenting on the development, Robert Redeleanu, CEO of UPC Polska, said: “We are constantly developing our TV entertainment offer and believe that nothing gives football fans such emotions as access to world-class competitions. Thanks to our cooperation with Polsat, UPC customers will be able to watch the matches of the Champions League and the Europa League live in very good transmission quality for the next three years. It will be a perfect complement to the attractive set of sports events available at UPC, such as Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga. This is yet more proof of our commitment to providing high-quality content that strengthens our best brand on the Polish market in the field of internet and TV entertainment.”

UPC gains Polsat premium football

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s leading cable operator UPC Polska is making the UEFA Champions League and Europa League available to its subscribers.

This follows the addition of the 24-hour Super HD channels Polsat Sport Premium 1 and Polsat Sport Premium 2, as well as four pay-pay-view services from Polsat Sport Premium, to its offer.

The channels will also be available on the Horizon Go mobile TV service.

The first Champions League play-offs will be shown live from August 21 and the group stages of the Europa League from September 20.

Commenting on the development, Robert Redeleanu, CEO of UPC Polska, said: “We are constantly developing our TV entertainment offer and believe that nothing gives football fans such emotions as access to world-class competitions. Thanks to our cooperation with Polsat, UPC customers will be able to watch the matches of the Champions League and the Europa League live in very good transmission quality for the next three years. It will be a perfect complement to the attractive set of sports events available at UPC, such as Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga. This is yet more proof of our commitment to providing high-quality content that strengthens our best brand on the Polish market in the field of internet and TV entertainment.”

UPC gains Polsat premium football

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s leading cable operator UPC Polska is making the UEFA Champions League and Europa League available to its subscribers.

This follows the addition of the 24-hour Super HD channels Polsat Sport Premium 1 and Polsat Sport Premium 2, as well as four pay-pay-view services from Polsat Sport Premium, to its offer.

The channels will also be available on the Horizon Go mobile TV service.

The first Champions League play-offs will be shown live from August 21 and the group stages of the Europa League from September 20.

Commenting on the development, Robert Redeleanu, CEO of UPC Polska, said: “We are constantly developing our TV entertainment offer and believe that nothing gives football fans such emotions as access to world-class competitions. Thanks to our cooperation with Polsat, UPC customers will be able to watch the matches of the Champions League and the Europa League live in very good transmission quality for the next three years. It will be a perfect complement to the attractive set of sports events available at UPC, such as Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga. This is yet more proof of our commitment to providing high-quality content that strengthens our best brand on the Polish market in the field of internet and TV entertainment.”

BBC First set for Poland

By Chris Dziadul

BBC First will make its debut as a linear channel in Poland on October 26.

Commenting on the development, Jacek Koskowski, general manager and VP for Poland, BBC Studios, said: “We’re living through a golden era of British drama with outstanding talent producing some of the very best television in the world. Increasing the drama hours on BBC HD was integral to that channel’s recent growth and now we are going further by bringing viewers even more of what they want. Coupled with the addition of Polish and English subtitles for the first time, I’m delighted to be introducing a dedicated premium drama channel to Poland”.

BBC First is currently available in Australia, South Africa, Benelux and the Middle East.
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BBC First set for Poland

By Chris Dziadul

BBC First will make its debut as a linear channel in Poland on October 26.

Commenting on the development, Jacek Koskowski, general manager and VP for Poland, BBC Studios, said: “We’re living through a golden era of British drama with outstanding talent producing some of the very best television in the world. Increasing the drama hours on BBC HD was integral to that channel’s recent growth and now we are going further by bringing viewers even more of what they want. Coupled with the addition of Polish and English subtitles for the first time, I’m delighted to be introducing a dedicated premium drama channel to Poland”.

BBC First is currently available in Australia, South Africa, Benelux and the Middle East.
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BBC First set for Poland

By Chris Dziadul

BBC First will make its debut as a linear channel in Poland on October 26.

Commenting on the development, Jacek Koskowski, general manager and VP for Poland, BBC Studios, said: “We’re living through a golden era of British drama with outstanding talent producing some of the very best television in the world. Increasing the drama hours on BBC HD was integral to that channel’s recent growth and now we are going further by bringing viewers even more of what they want. Coupled with the addition of Polish and English subtitles for the first time, I’m delighted to be introducing a dedicated premium drama channel to Poland”.

BBC First is currently available in Australia, South Africa, Benelux and the Middle East.
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Netia reports strong quarter

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s leading alternative telco Netia gained 4,000 TV RGUs in the second quarter, ending June with a total of 196,000.

All told, 53% of broadband customers using the company’s own network subscribed to its TV services.

Netia has 1.453 million RGUs in its B2C sector at the end of Q2, of which 737,000 (51%) received services from its own network. Although it gained around 7,000 ultra-fast (NGA) in Q2, it lost 1,000 RGUs on its own network and 8,000 on those owned by others during the period.

The number of RGUs per subscriber rose to 1.65, while ARPU remained at PLN56 (€13).

Netia, which is backed by Cyfrowy Polsat, notes that TV ARPU grew by 7.5pp since the start of the year, with TV penetration amounting to 47%.

The company had consolidated revenues of PLN343 million and consolidated EBITDA of close to PLN12 million in the second quarter.

Its net income amounted to PLN12 million.

Netia reports strong quarter

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s leading alternative telco Netia gained 4,000 TV RGUs in the second quarter, ending June with a total of 196,000.

All told, 53% of broadband customers using the company’s own network subscribed to its TV services.

Netia has 1.453 million RGUs in its B2C sector at the end of Q2, of which 737,000 (51%) received services from its own network. Although it gained around 7,000 ultra-fast (NGA) in Q2, it lost 1,000 RGUs on its own network and 8,000 on those owned by others during the period.

The number of RGUs per subscriber rose to 1.65, while ARPU remained at PLN56 (€13).

Netia, which is backed by Cyfrowy Polsat, notes that TV ARPU grew by 7.5pp since the start of the year, with TV penetration amounting to 47%.

The company had consolidated revenues of PLN343 million and consolidated EBITDA of close to PLN12 million in the second quarter.

Its net income amounted to PLN12 million.

Polish channel debuts in Lithuania and up for sale

By Chris Dziadul

The first privately owned Polish language TV channel has been launched in Lithuania.

According to Satkurier, Fakty Muzyka Telewizja (FMT) is aimed principally at Lithuanian Poles but also at Lithuanians.

On air from 07.00 to 24.00 daily, it can be received terrestrially in Vilnius, Trakai and Elektrenai, cable nationally and on the free FMT app on smartphones.

Its output currently consists of mostly pre-war Polish films and series, to which will be added Polish post-war films in October. In addition, it includes films aimed at children, as well as sport, music and information programmes, shown in both Polish and Lithuanian. To this will soon be added entertainment and motoring programming, along with content targeting businesses wishing to invest in Poland.

The Polish public broadcaster’s international channel TVP Polonia has been distributed in Lithuania since 1994 and since May this year four other Polish channels (TVP Info, TVP Historia, Nuta TV and Power TV) have been available in the country.

Significantly, Broadband TV News has been informed that FMT is up for sale. Possible buyers could include Cyfrowy Polsat and Discovery.

Polish channel debuts in Lithuania and up for sale

By Chris Dziadul

The first privately owned Polish language TV channel has been launched in Lithuania.

According to Satkurier, Fakty Muzyka Telewizja (FMT) is aimed principally at Lithuanian Poles but also at Lithuanians.

On air from 07.00 to 24.00 daily, it can be received terrestrially in Vilnius, Trakai and Elektrenai, cable nationally and on the free FMT app on smartphones.

Its output currently consists of mostly pre-war Polish films and series, to which will be added Polish post-war films in October. In addition, it includes films aimed at children, as well as sport, music and information programmes, shown in both Polish and Lithuanian. To this will soon be added entertainment and motoring programming, along with content targeting businesses wishing to invest in Poland.

The Polish public broadcaster’s international channel TVP Polonia has been distributed in Lithuania since 1994 and since May this year four other Polish channels (TVP Info, TVP Historia, Nuta TV and Power TV) have been available in the country.

Significantly, Broadband TV News has been informed that FMT is up for sale. Possible buyers could include Cyfrowy Polsat and Discovery.

Polish channel debuts in Lithuania and up for sale

By Chris Dziadul

The first privately owned Polish language TV channel has been launched in Lithuania.

According to Satkurier, Fakty Muzyka Telewizja (FMT) is aimed principally at Lithuanian Poles but also at Lithuanians.

On air from 07.00 to 24.00 daily, it can be received terrestrially in Vilnius, Trakai and Elektrenai, cable nationally and on the free FMT app on smartphones.

Its output currently consists of mostly pre-war Polish films and series, to which will be added Polish post-war films in October. In addition, it includes films aimed at children, as well as sport, music and information programmes, shown in both Polish and Lithuanian. To this will soon be added entertainment and motoring programming, along with content targeting businesses wishing to invest in Poland.

The Polish public broadcaster’s international channel TVP Polonia has been distributed in Lithuania since 1994 and since May this year four other Polish channels (TVP Info, TVP Historia, Nuta TV and Power TV) have been available in the country.

Significantly, Broadband TV News has been informed that FMT is up for sale. Possible buyers could include Cyfrowy Polsat and Discovery.

Mobile broadband drives Polish bundle take-up

By Chris Dziadul

Bundled services continue to grow in popularity in Poland, with mobile broadband the main driver.

According to the latest report from Kagan, S&P Global Market Intelligence on the Polish broadband market, in 2017 the mobile element was included in 70.8% of bundled services combinations used by Polish customers.

Other key findings were as follows:

The number of subscribers using bundled services went up from 2.4 million in 2013 to 10.15 million in 2017.

While triple-play services still have a very low take-up rate and their growth have remained stagnant over the last few years, the number of subscribers taking two services has been constantly rising.

In 2017, double play continued to be the most popular category of bundled packages, used by 8.3 million subscribers or 82% of bundled services subscribers, followed by triple play with 1.4 million subscribers (13.9%), quadruple play with 400,000 subscribers (4%) and quintuple play with 10,000 subs (0.1%).

Used by over 60% of subscribers, the combination of mobile telephony and mobile internet was the most popular service bundle in 2017 — the only combination that gained popularity year over year. All other service packages decreased their share, including the second most popular, fixed internet and TV (11%) and the third, fixed telephony, fixed internet and TV (7.2%).

In 2017, Poland had the second-highest take-up of mobile broadband in the EU, after Finland, with 143.9%, well above the EU average of 90.2%, as a result of rapidly increasing coverage of its 4G/LTE network, which reached 99.9% of the population last year. This has enabled mobile broadband to become the real alternative for wired networks.

The bundled market was worth PLN4.72 billion ($1.25 billion) in 2017, more than double the PLN2.08 billion in 2014.

Mobile operator P4, operating under the brand Play, leads the market (30% share in 2017) serving 5.3 million bundled subscribers in 2017, up from 3.7 million a year earlier – the cellular company accounts for more than half of all bundled subscribers.

The incumbent telco Orange Polska was second with 1.2 million subs, up from 888,000 in 2016, followed by the country’s largest cable operator UPC Poland with 924,000 bundled services subs.

Mobile broadband drives Polish bundle take-up

By Chris Dziadul

Bundled services continue to grow in popularity in Poland, with mobile broadband the main driver.

According to the latest report from Kagan, S&P Global Market Intelligence on the Polish broadband market, in 2017 the mobile element was included in 70.8% of bundled services combinations used by Polish customers.

Other key findings were as follows:

The number of subscribers using bundled services went up from 2.4 million in 2013 to 10.15 million in 2017.

While triple-play services still have a very low take-up rate and their growth have remained stagnant over the last few years, the number of subscribers taking two services has been constantly rising.

In 2017, double play continued to be the most popular category of bundled packages, used by 8.3 million subscribers or 82% of bundled services subscribers, followed by triple play with 1.4 million subscribers (13.9%), quadruple play with 400,000 subscribers (4%) and quintuple play with 10,000 subs (0.1%).

Used by over 60% of subscribers, the combination of mobile telephony and mobile internet was the most popular service bundle in 2017 — the only combination that gained popularity year over year. All other service packages decreased their share, including the second most popular, fixed internet and TV (11%) and the third, fixed telephony, fixed internet and TV (7.2%).

In 2017, Poland had the second-highest take-up of mobile broadband in the EU, after Finland, with 143.9%, well above the EU average of 90.2%, as a result of rapidly increasing coverage of its 4G/LTE network, which reached 99.9% of the population last year. This has enabled mobile broadband to become the real alternative for wired networks.

The bundled market was worth PLN4.72 billion ($1.25 billion) in 2017, more than double the PLN2.08 billion in 2014.

Mobile operator P4, operating under the brand Play, leads the market (30% share in 2017) serving 5.3 million bundled subscribers in 2017, up from 3.7 million a year earlier – the cellular company accounts for more than half of all bundled subscribers.

The incumbent telco Orange Polska was second with 1.2 million subs, up from 888,000 in 2016, followed by the country’s largest cable operator UPC Poland with 924,000 bundled services subs.

New Polish milestone for Orange

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish incumbent Orange Polska now has 300,000 subscribers to its fibre-optic services.

This,according to the company, is double the number a year ago.

Commenting on the development, Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of Orange Polska, said: “We are happy that Poles are increasingly choosing Orange Swiatlowod (Fibre-Optic). All the more so because over 80% of customers who opt for fibre-optic internet come to us from the competition. After the third year of our investment programme, 10% of homes and companies within the reach of fibre-optic have become our customers. We see that customers appreciate its unmatchable quality and capabilities”.

Orange Polska’s fibre-optic network now reaches 116 cities in Poland and in 34 of these over half of homes can receive services.

The biggest coverage is in the towns of Lublin, Olsztyn, Elblag, Slupsk and Opole.

The company plans to invest PLN4 billion (€936 million) on the network between 2016-20 and to eventually reach 5 million homes.

New Polish milestone for Orange

By Chris Dziadul

The Polish incumbent Orange Polska now has 300,000 subscribers to its fibre-optic services.

This,according to the company, is double the number a year ago.

Commenting on the development, Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of Orange Polska, said: “We are happy that Poles are increasingly choosing Orange Swiatlowod (Fibre-Optic). All the more so because over 80% of customers who opt for fibre-optic internet come to us from the competition. After the third year of our investment programme, 10% of homes and companies within the reach of fibre-optic have become our customers. We see that customers appreciate its unmatchable quality and capabilities”.

Orange Polska’s fibre-optic network now reaches 116 cities in Poland and in 34 of these over half of homes can receive services.

The biggest coverage is in the towns of Lublin, Olsztyn, Elblag, Slupsk and Opole.

The company plans to invest PLN4 billion (€936 million) on the network between 2016-20 and to eventually reach 5 million homes.

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