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beIN Media Group’s purchase of Turkey’s Digiturk now official.

On this blog, I’ve made many blog posts regarding the acquistion of Digiturk by beIN Media Group: Link1  Link2 Link3 Link4 It’s been like a Heads or Tails game since the beginning of this year. Today, it seems it’s eventually official now. Since last night, tons of news have been around about the acquisition on the internet



Qatar’s beIN Said Near Deal for Turkey’s Top Pay-TV Operator

Reference: Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports is in advanced talks to buy Turkey’s biggest pay-TV platform Digiturk, two people with knowledge of the matter said. A deal with beIN Sports, owned by beIN Media Group, may be signed within weeks, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the transaction is confidential. The




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Vodafone introduces fixed broadband service Supernet

In Turkey, there are basically 3 big telecommunications company which are in market share order: Turkcell Turkey Turk Telekom Vodafone Turkcell strength is 35 million+ mobile subs and 1 million+ broadband subs. TT is the incumbent telco whose cash cow is 10 million+ PSTN subs coupled with 6 million+ broadband internet subs. Among the big 3,  Vodafone




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VESTEL adopts Android TV for UHD TVs and set-top boxes

Reference Android TV by VESTEL ISTANBUL — Today VESTEL (VESTL:Istanbul), one of the leading enterprises in Consumer Electronics Technology and Innovation, announces the adoption of the Android TV™ platform for its UHD TVs and Set Top Boxes. The new powerful TV and Set Top Box platforms powered by Android TV combine user friendly TV Middleware




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TV Sales Figures in Turkey

LG Electronics Turkey Consumer Electronics Direktor Ergün Altay has provided some insightful info about the TV sales in Turkey last year. It seems there has been sold a total of 3,4 million TV set last year in Turkey. The revenue has arrived to 5 billion Turkish Lira. ( ~2 billion USD) According to Altay, the market




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Ultra-Broadband Summit Middle East & Africa 2015

I had a unique experience last week. I was basically one of the speakers at the event ‘Ultra-Broadband Summit Middle East & Africa 2015‘ that has been happened in Dubai. A few years back I had participated as a panelist to the event of TVConnect Istanbul. But this was much more significant case. I was




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Digiturk is the official broadcaster of Formula1 2015 season

Earlier on this blog, I wrote a blog post that was stating that Tivibu had acquired content rights of Formula 1 sports. Indeed, Tivibu had broadcasted the first 4 racing of the season. Nevertheless, just this week it has been announced that Digiturk but not Tivibu has become the official broadcaster of Formula 1 racing




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Digiturk has been acquired by Qatari BeIN Media Group. (Is it really official now?)

As you would remember the acquisition of Digiturk by Qatari BeIN Media Group has been posted for the first time on this blog in December 2014. Later on, on February on another post, I’ve told that the process has been suspended. Past week, on BGN news it’s been stated that the acquisition process is eventually over.




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Turkcell TV+ continues growing full speed

On my previous post, I’ve written that the number of Turkcell Superonline IPTV service customers has become 60K as the end of 2014. That number was around 15K at the of the previous quarter. Hence, net 45K customer acquisition in just one quarter was really a significant growth. Even better, past week we celebrated reaching




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The global overview of Turkish Pay-TV Market as of Q4 2014

Turkish Regulatory Body in Telecommunications Industry (BTK) has just announced the market figures for Q4 of 2014. You can download the complete report here. Let me make a quick summary of the figures of TV space. Number of TTNet IPTV (Tivibu) service has become 289.496 as of Q4 2014. The same number was 286K one year ago