BREAKING: New tender for Turkish Football rights is on 25th of November

Link in Turkish Yesterday, the president of Turkish Football Federation(TFF) announced that the new tender for the content rights of Turkish Football League will be issued on 25 November 2016.   The RFQ specifications will be announced around the end of this month. As of today, 5 local and 1 European company has completed their application to


Turkcell TV+ acquired content rights of English Premier League for 3 years

At the beginning of September when the Premier League starts Turkish audiences had an puzzling situation since it was not clear enough which Pay-TV operator had the content rights. Digiturk which was the legacy owner of the rights did not have it for this season at that time. It was a local company called Saran Media who had


e-interview with my friend from IHS Markit

My friend Constantinos from IHS Markit made an e-interview with me. I’m now sharing the script of this interview with my readers herebelow: What is the current state of the OTT Market in Turkey? Is it a very niche market, with no real impact on the subscribers of the Pay TV players (like Digiturk, D-Smart,


My two cents about Turkish TV Market

You may already know my dear friend Özgur Coşar. He is the owner of the website http://tvtechtr.blogspot.com.tr where he writes on a variety of topics on Turkish TV&Radio market. I strongly recommend you to have an eye on his website. Past week he’d asked me to make an e-interview and came up with a number of questions.


Turkcell TV+ users will watch Euro 2016 in 4K Ultra HD resolution

Turkcell just made the commercial launch of its 4K Ultra HD service just before the kickoff game of Euro 2106. TRT 4K will broadcast 8 games (including the first game) in 4K format. TRT 4K is available at 100th channel in Turkcell TV+ channel lineup. Turkcell already made a press release about this at this link. Herebelow


beIN complete takeover of Turkish Super Lig broadcaster Digiturk

Herebelow you will see the post on http://www.turkish-football.com/ on latest news about the sales of Digiturk to beIN Media Group. ——————————————————————————————————————— Qatari media group beIN have completed the takeover of Turkish Super Lig broadcaster Digiturk on Thursday, after a 3-year audit by the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey (TMSF) The chief executive officer of Digitürk, Ümit Önal,


Last status and updates about Digiturk’s sales

As you probably know the acquisition of Turkey’s biggest pay-TV operator Digiturk with more than 3 mio subs by beIN Media Group was kind of never ending story. Two weeks ago the new CEO of Digiturk has provided an update about the last status of acquisition and also some additional relevant info. The link is here in


A total of 8 Euro 2016 games will be broadcasted in 4K Ultra HD Resolution on TRT 4K

2016 UEFA European Championshipis is coming in just 2 weeks. Nowaydays 4K Ultra HD broadcasting of the games is one of the hot discussions in the industry. TRT 4K which is the national broadcaster TRT’s channel in 4K resolution is actually Live since February 2015. (I had an article about it here.) TRT 4K declared that


Turkcell TV+ continues its fast growth

A few weeks ago Turkcell announced the results for the year 2015. You can have a look to the presentation here. It is possible to get key figures about Turkcell’s popular TV service Turkcell TV at pages 11 and 12 of the presentation. Briefly, the service has reached to a total of 588K subs within almost 1,5


Tivibu figures as of end of 2015.

Turk Telekom had announced 2015 results on the investor relations section of the website. The presentation could be downloaded here. The most significant pages related to TV are  as follows. Here is my two cents about this slides. Pay-TV penetration in Turkey is around 27%. This is far behind the Europe’s penetration rate of 61%. I