Modern Times Group

MTG appoints Virgin exec to Viasat COO role

Modern Times Group (MTG) has appointed former Virgin Media executive Aleks Habdank as chief operating officer of Viasat Broadcasting’s pay-TV and emerging markets operations. Habdank, who is due to take up his new role on May 7, will manage Viasat Broadcasting’s pay-TV channel operations in Central and Eastern Europe, and develop its pay-TV business in […]

Mixed results for MTG

Modern Times Group expects some growth from its Nordic pay TV business this year, with lower profitability as a result of its investments in central and eastern Europe. The free and pay TV company’s fourth-quarter resultsthat were stronger than expected in some segments. The group expects margins from its pay TV businesses to continue to […]

MTG hires Google exec as chief digital officer

Modern Times Group (MTG) has named Google executive Rikard Steiber in the new role of executive vice-president and chief digital officer, effective February 4. MTG has also promoted Matthew Hooper to the new position of executive vice-president of group corporate communications, effective February 1, and has named Richard Beeston as vice-president of finance. Beeston will […]

Raft of extra carriage for Denmark’s free-TV channels

Modern Times Group (MTG) has inked new carriage deals for its free-to-air channels TV3 and TV3 Puls. The channels will be carried on the Canal Digital platform in Denmark, marking the first time that they have been on the Telenor-owned platform. Separately, MTG said it will add SBS’s free-to-air Danish channels, Kanal 4 and Kanal […]

MTG launching new free-to-air channel in Czech Republic

Modern Times Group will launch Prima Zoom, its fourth free-to-air channel in the Czech Republic, at the beginning of February. Prima Zoom will be focused on a male-skewing audience aged over 35, broadcasting daily from 08:00-02:00, and will air on the Czech digital-terrestrial network as well as the basic packages of satellite, cable and IPTV […]

MTG launches HD channels package in Russia

Pay TV broadcaster Modern Times Group has launched a new HD channel package on Rostelecom’s Russian pay TV network. The Viasat Premium HD package comprises Viasat’s two new premium HD movie channels TV1000 Premium HD and TV1000 Megahit HD, new comedy channel TV1000 Comedy HD and two Viasat HD documentary channels Viasat History HD and […]

HBO launches in Sweden

Telia has become the first platform operator in the Nordic region to offer HBO, making the premium content provider’s shows available to its 500,000 TV customers one day after their original broadcast. HBO will be available via Telia’s network for SEK79 (US$11.69) a month, bringing shows including Game of Thrones to Swedish viewers. The service […]

Executive shuffle at Modern Times Group: three leave, new Nordic boss

Modern Times Group has made several hires and promotions as other executives leave the company to join former boss Hans Holger Albrecht. The free and pay TV broadcast group has hired a new head of Nordic pay TV and appointed a new boss of its African operation. Martin Lewerth, executive VP of pay TV and […]

MTG launches Viaplay download service

International broadcast group Modern Times Group has added a download function to its Viaplay OTT services. It has also launched the service on the PlayStation 3 games console. The new ‘Download-to-go’ service makes Viaplay content available to download for a period of 30 days on devices running the Apple iOS operating system. The Viaplay service […]

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