MTV will relaunch on the Digiturk pay TV service in Turkey in a six-year carriage deal that covers six Viacom channels in all. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) extricated itself from a joint venture with Multichannel Developers that ended in dispute and with MTV being pulled from the Digiturk platform.The new agreement clears the way for localised versions of the European feeds of six VIMN channels on Digiturk. MTV and MTV Live will roll out on March 1.Kids channels Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr. will also launch exclusively on Digiturk. Nick will launch on March 1 and the other two soon after.The carriage deal between VIMN and Digiturk also covers VH1, which was already on the platform. As part of the deal, Digiturk will sell take on ad sales for MTV and Nick in Turkey.“We’re pleased to announce our new partnership with Digiturk for the distribution of our channels across Turkey,” said Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, executive vice-president, VIMN South Europe, Middle East & Africa. “We’re excited to be expanding our presence in the Turkey, where we see vast opportunities to grow and strengthen our youth and kids’ properties.”MTV originally launched in Turkey in 2006 before being pulled from Digiturk in 2010.
Lithuanian service provider TEO announced a 5.6% year-on-year increase in TV customers in the third quarter, driven by IPTV sign-ups.TEO said that at the end of September it had a total of 171,041 TV service users, up from 161,921 for the same period last year.IPTV users increased 15.2% over the period to 102,658, though DVB-T customers dropped 6.1% to 68,383 customers.Overall in Q3 TEO said that revenue was LTL181 million (€52.4 million), down 4.5% year-on-year. Net profit came in at LTL42.6 million, down 5.9% year-on-year.
Germany’s Constantin Medien, which operates the Sport1 free TV channel, has boosted its second quarter sales by 14.9% year-on-year.The firm’s revenue for Q2 2014 were €110.3 million. compared to the €96 million posted in the same period the year before.Furthermore, the company swung into profit before tax, posting earnings of €7.1 million. This compares with the €300,000 loss in 2013, and was attributed to growth in part to its sports unit, which includes the FTA net SPORT1, pay TV channel Sport1+, stateside channel Sport1 US and prodco Plazamedia.Constantin’s film unit, which includes its drama and non-fiction TV production assets, posted revenues of €63.4 million, 25.5% higher than in 2013.“Pleasing progress was made in the sports segment: The Sport1 platforms – whether free-TV, pay-TV, online, mobile, digital radio or social media – are successful in their markets and continue to grow,” said Constantin CEO Bernhard Burgener. “The strategic course that we have been following for almost two years in the sports business is the right one.”
Deutsche Telekom Croatian telecom operator T-Hrvatski Telekom is to offer its MAXtv to new subscribers for the token price of HRK1 (€0.13) for the first six months to drive take-up.The offer gives new customers access to the Pickbox package, offering on-demand access to 250 seasons and over 2,600 episodes of TV series and films.