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Discovery carriage deal ends Finnish carriage clash

Finnish telco, cable and digital-terrestrial pay TV operator DNA has struck a deal with Discovery to continue airing the Discovery and Eurosport channels following the carriage terms dispute between the pair at the end of last year. The deal means that DNA will continue to distribute Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Discovery HD Showcase, Discovery Science, […]

MTG investor buys into Com Hem

Swedish investment firm Kinnevik has bought an 18.5% stake in Scandinavian TV and telecoms provider Com Hem in a SEK3.7 billion (US$418.6 million) deal. Kinnevik, which is also an investor in Swedish telco Tele2 and Nordic entertainment group MTG, agreed to buy 33.9 million Com Hem shares from NorCell – the indirect investment holding company […]

Best of British SVOD re-ups with Scandi operators

ITV-backed best of British SVOD service Cirkus has inked new deals with two leading pay TV operators in the Nordics. New long-term agreements with Com Hem in Sweden and Get in Norway will ensure the streaming service’s continued carriage on the platforms. The new deals also extend the reach of Cirkus on Com Hem and […]

Liberty Global ‘evaluating’ Amazon partnership

Liberty Global is “evaluating” whether to offer Amazon’s video service, after striking a global deal last year to distribute Netflix through its set-top boxes, according to Eric Tveter. Speaking at Cable Congress here in Brussels yesterday, the CEO of Liberty’s central Europe group described the Netflix deal as “good partnership” and dismissed fears that such […]

First deals for ITV-backed factual SVOD service

Factual SVOD service Curio will launch in Sweden and Norway next month after the ITV-backed service secured deals with pay TV operators in the region, TBI has learned. In Sweden, Curio will be on the Com Hem platform, the largest in the country, and in Norway, on GET, the second largest nationally. Curio comes from […]

Com Hem closes Boxer acquisition

Com Hem has closed its SEK 1.33 billion (US$160.8 million) acquisition of rival Swedish pay TV operator Boxer. In a statement issued this morning, Com Hem said that Boxer will be consolidated into Com Hem’s financial statements from September 30, 2016. Com Hem said that it expects the acquisition to generate approximately SEK300m in additional underlying […]

Com Hem gets state approval for Boxer buyout

Swedish pay TV operator Com Hem has won state approval for its SEK1.33 billion (US$161.1 million) buyout of domestic rival Boxer TV. The Swedish state, through cabinet minister Mikael Damberg, approved the sale of all the shares of Boxer TV to Com Hem. The green light means that Com Hem must now just wait for […]

Sky tipped to overtake Liberty Global in Europe

Sky’s subscriber base is expected to overtake Liberty Global’s in western Europe in 2017, according to new research by Digital TV Research. The Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count will fall in the coming years as it tries to convert its remaining analogue cable subscribers by 2020, with […]

HBO, Viacom join content programme

Cable Europe has introduced a new form of associate membership for content providers, with Viacom and HBO Europe the first to join, as part of a move to cooperate more closely with cable marketing organisation CTAM Europe. Speaking at a Cable Congress press conference this morning, Cable Europe president Manuel Kohnstamm said cable and content […]

Best of British SVOD service launches in Finland

Cirkus, the UK content SVOD service, has launched in Finland. The service has launched on the Sonera IPTV platform, which is run by Swedish/Finish telco TeliaSonera. It rolled out this week on the Finnish service and will then launch on the Telia service in Sweden in January. Cirkus is a low-cost SVOD service for pay […]