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Potential of central and east European TV now being fulfilled

Press releases 2008-06-23

Eastern Europe Delivers on its Promise

Potential of central and eastern European television now being fulfilled

New research from Informa Telecoms & Media has found that the long-held potential of central and eastern European TV markets is now being realized with significant revenue growth. Eastern European TV (12th edition) has discovered that the region's pay TV sector was worth an impressive $5.6 billion in 2007, but is expected to more than double to $12 billion by 2013. When advertising revenues are added, the market will be worth more than $23 billion in 2013.

Adam Thomas, Informa's media research manager, and author of the report, said: "The countries of central and eastern Europe already offer a wide range of attractive opportunities for international TV players and investors. And this positive environment will only get better, with a period of extensive merger and acquisition activity expected over the next few years."

Eastern Europe: Pay TV revenues ($ million)

2007

2013

Czech Republic

468

1,165

Hungary

313

735

Poland

1,800

3,616

Romania

454

815

Russia

910

2,655

Rest of Region

1,702

3,004

Total

5,647

11,990

Source: Informa Telecoms & Media

The region is also making good progress in upgrading networks to digital TV. The research has found that the 22 million digital homes at present will grow to 35.7 million by 2013. According to Thomas. "Digital satellite has led the way so far, with cable slower off the marks towards digital conversion. But with IPTV making some inroads in the region, there is evidence of cable now looking to upgrade with greater urgency."

Eastern Europe: Digital TV homes (000)

2007

2013

Czech Republic

1,184

4,968

Hungary

767

3,342

Poland

3,962

11,903

Romania

1,036

4,525

Russia

4,376

17,741

Rest of Region

10,254

27,575

Total

21,579

70,054

Source: Informa Telecoms & Media

Note: The 290-page report Eastern European Television - 12th Edition is published by Informa Telecoms & Media. Informa Telecoms & Media produces a wide range of media business publications, including TV International, New Media Markets, Cable & Satellite Europe and Television Business International. It produces a market-leading portfolio of regional TV reports - including Asia Pacific TV, Americas TV, Middle East & North Africa TV and Western European TV.

About Informa Telecoms & Media

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For Further Information, please contact:

Adam Thomas

Media Research Manager

Informa Telecoms & Media

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