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Media in brief
April 25, 2013   
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New Digital Satellite TV Platform
A new digital satellite television platform called nc+ was launched March 21 following the merger of competitor platforms Cyfra+, owned by France’s Canal+ and “n,” owned by private Polish broadcaster TVN.

The merger was a result of a transaction that the two companies finalized Nov. 30. TVN contributed its “n” platform in return for 32 percent of the stock in the nc+ platform. The Canal+ corporation owns of 51 percent of the stock in nc+ while the remaining 17 percent is controlled by UPC Polska, Poland’s largest cable television operator.

nc+ offers 50 channels in HD, which is more than either of the two platforms had before. “n” had 39 HD channels and Cyfra+ had 37, while competitor Cyfrowy Polsat offers 36 channels in HD.

nc+ subscribers can choose from six packages priced from zl.39 to 199. The full package allows viewers to watch premieres from studios such as 20th Century Fox, Universal and MGM along with top Polish distributors Monolith and Kino ¦wiat. Premium customers can also see broadcasts of sporting events such as UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, T-Mobile Ekstraklasa, English, Italian, Spanish and French soccer league matches, and Polish speedway, Speedway GP and NBA events.

On the technical side, nc+ includes a new MediaBox+ decoder fitted with a hard drive and internet access. It is manufactured by the ADB company, which provided equipment for the “n” platform. nc+ subscribers can also use a mobile application and have access to a selection of video-on-demand content. The platform’s nc+ GO service enables users to view movies and shows recorded on the decoder’s hard drive on their smartphones and tablet computers.

At the end of last year, “n” had over 1 million subscribers. Cyfra+ has not revealed last year’s figures, but at the end of 2011, it had around 1.5 million subscribers, which means nc+ could have up to 2.5 million subscribers.

China Snaps Up Polish Hits
China Central Television (CCTV), the main state broadcaster in China, has purchased the rights to air serials produced by Poland’s public broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP). The first show to be screened in China this May is season one of Głęboka woda (Deep Water), the winner of numerous awards at international festivals. Chinese viewers will also see Chichot losu (Life’s Laughing), Rezydencja (The Residence), Londyńczycy (Londoners) and Dom nad rozlewiskiem (The House on the Lake).

TVP productions have proved highly popular on Asian markets. Last year, TVP signed a contract with China’s Central Movie Channel as a result of which huge Chinese audiences saw Polish movies Bellissima, Żółty szalik (Yellow Scarf), Inferno, Pas de deux and Królowa chmur (The Queen of Clouds).

TVP has also announced plans to sell the broadcast rights to some of its best movies and serials to other countries in Asia.

Polsat Cyfrowy to Buy Polskie Media
Private broadcaster Polsat Cyfrowy has signed an agreement to acquire the Polskie Media company, the broadcaster of the TV4 and TV6 television channels, for zl.99 million.

Cyfrowy Polsat also plans to sell its RSTV company dealing with the transmission of radio and television signal. The buyer is the Emitel company, a leading terrestrial radio and TV broadcast infrastructure operator in Poland. The value of the deal is zl.45.5 million.

The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) needs to approve the acquisition of Polskie Media before the transaction can be finalized.

Polskie Radio in the Black
Polish public radio broadcaster Polskie Radio posted a profit of nearly zl.3.5 million last year, according to the company’s spokesman Radosław Kazimierski. In 2011, Polskie Radio reported a loss of over zl.8 million.

Last year, Polskie Radio’s revenue from the license fee was almost zl.157 million, over zl.25 million more than in the previous year. The license fee accounted for 60.2 percent of Polskie Radio’s overall revenue.

The second largest source of revenue for Polskie Radio was income from commercials and sponsorship deals. The income came to almost zl.64 million and accounted for 24.5 percent of overall revenue.
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