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New D-Smart Blu package structure, flat-fee

Until recently, D-Smart’s OTT service ‘D-Smart Blu’ was offered in a variety of packages with different content offering and pricing. Existing D-Smart customers had advantageous prices while non-D-Smart user had relatively expensive price offers. D-Smart had completely changed the package structure a few weeks back. Now, there is only one single package and it just




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Turk Telekom Group had repositioned Tivibu service

Turk Telekom had organised an event last week regarding mainly about TV service Tivibu. You can find the associated press release here. (in Turkish) You can find my comments about the new announcement. Türk Telekom Group CEO Rami Aslan: “From now on TV broadcasting will be one the major activities of TT with all aspects.” This is the




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Broadcasting Rights of Turkish Basketball League

Turkey Basketball League games will be broadcasted by Digiturk and free-to-air sports channel NTV Spor for 3 years starting from 2015-2016 season. To recap: The split of sports content digital rights in Turkey is as follows: Digiturk: Turkish Premier Football League, English Premier Football League, Turkish Airlines Basketball Euroleague, Turkey Beko Basketbol League, Russian League, Brazilian




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Average broadband connection speed in Turkey

Akamai has just released Q3 2014 ‘state of internet’ report. (Link) According to the study, the average connection speed by EMEA country is as shown in the table below.   In Turkey, the average bitrate is 5,5 Mbps with a 35% YoY change. Actually, this is the best figure so far and it will be




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2014 on turkishtvmarket.info

It’s been almost 1 year since turkishtvmarket.info has been launched. More than 100 people from all over the world subscribed to my newsletter.  It’s really great to have such an interest on this particular area. Herebelow you will find the most popular posts in 2014. Digiturk has been acquired by Qatar Seyh Nasser Al Khelaifi Turk




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Report: Al Jazeera Buys Top Turkish Pay-TV Operator Digiturk

Source: http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/report-al-jazeera-buys-top-turkish-pay-tv-operator-digiturk-1201385261/ Deal would mark largest takeover in the Turkish media market Turkish media are reporting that Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Qatar has acquired a controlling stake in leading Turkish satellite pay TV operator Digiturk, which is to become part of the Al Jazeera Media Network, in what would mark the largest takeover deal in the Turkish media market. The purchase




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Digiturk has been acquired by Qatar Seyh Nasser Al-Khelaifi

It’s been reported that Digiturk has been acquired by Qatar Seyh Nasser Al-Khelaifi for $820m. The assets of Digiturk as well as the assets of eleven other companies were seized in May 2013 by the Turkish Savings Deposit Insurance Fund, a Turkish government’s agency, after parent Cukurova Group failed to meet debt obligations. Cukurova currently controls 53% of Digiturk’




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What does Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey say about Turkey?

Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey (full report) indicates insightful figures for Turkish market. The survey says that in 2013 the average number of internet-connected devices is more than 3 per person in Turkey with %42 YoY increase. This is more than other developing markets like Argentina, Russia, Brazil and Mexico. Apparently, this is a positive




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Vodafone TV Turkey has re-launched

Vodafone has re-launched its mobile TV service with iOS and Android mobile clients. Service is also available on tv.vodafone.com.tr. Vodafone TV offer seems a me-too type of VAS service. There are around 30 Live TV channels and a bunch of VOD assets. There is only one package and that costs 5 TRY/month. It only allow 15




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Türk Telekom group acquired content rights of UEFA Champions League for following 3 years.

Türk Telekom group has announced that it has acquired content rights of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europe League football games starting from 2015-2016 season till the end of 2017-2018 season. The games will be available on TTNet’s digital platform Tivibu on 4-screens with advanced features such as catch-up TV, pause-live TV and Timeshift TV