Local flavour: channel strategies in CEE

Scripps has used presenter Tomasz Schafenaker to give a Polish flavour.

TV channels are investing in localisation and digital distribution in CEE, but the classic pay TV model still rules. Stuart Thomson reports.  The universe of pay TV channels in central and eastern Europe has expanded… Read more

Supply and demand: CEE’s home-grown Netflix rivals

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The over-the-top video market in Central and Eastern Europe is in a state of growth and it is local players that are defining the market. Andy McDonald reports. The rise of over-the-top (OTT) video on… Read more

Satellite states: pay TV distribution in CEE

Intelsat serves the CEE market from 1° West as well as from 45° East.

Satellite is one of the mainstays of pay TV distribution in central and eastern Europe and, despite the growth of non-linear viewing and flattening growth, it looks set to stay that way. Stuart Thomson reports.… Read more

Changing lanes: the evolution of the CDN


Netflix’s recent interconnect deals with Comcast and Verizon in the US have highlighted the challenging nature of the relationship between OTT providers and ISPs. As IP content proliferates, how will CDN infrastructure evolve and who… Read more

Virtual realities: IP video and multiscreen content consumption

Ericsson believes mobile networks will play a key role in video delivery.

Cost, complexity and speed of change in the multiscreen world is leading service providers to restructure their internal processes and demand more flexible and economic ways to process video than investing in bespoke hardware. Stuart… Read more

Quality assurance and the promise of ‘big data’

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Quality assurance software for multiscreen and OTT can help deliver a better experience and retain subsribers, but is the transformative promise of ‘big data’ from IP systems oversold? Stuart Thomson reports. Amid the rush to… Read more

Interview: Oleg Tumanov, founder and CEO of

Oleg Tumanov

Oleg Tumanov founded Russian subscription-free online video streaming service in 2009 and is the company’s CEO. Prior to launching in 2010, he was managing director for Russia and CIS at US-based Access Industries. From 2001… Read more

Interview: Leonid Belyaev, CEO of Play

Play CEO, Leonid Belyaev

Leonid Belyaev is CEO of Russian premium VoD provider, Play. The firm’s mission is to deliver high-quality movies and TV-shows to smart-TVs and other connected devices. Featuring what it claims is the best premium VoD catalogue in… Read more

Interview: Vojko Rovere, CEO of Baltcom

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Vojko Rovere joined Baltcom from his own consulting company, Rovere Ltd, which he founded in 2009. The company’s key project was Targo Telekom, an alternative telecommunications provider in Serbia, developed on a proprietary state-of-the-art optical… Read more