Nova and PAOK continue together in the new season!

24/09/2021

Nova and PAE PAOK, announce the renewal of their cooperation regarding the exclusive broadcast of the home games of the Super League Greece Interwetten for the 2021-2022 season.

Nova, a member of United Group, the leading telecommunications and media operator in Southeastern Europe, through the renewal of its cooperation with PAE PAOK, further enriches its premium sports content. Novasports subscribers will enjoy the hottest season ever, on 9 sports channels and with more than 3,000 LIVE matches and the top journalist team with:

- The home matches of Aris, Asteras Tripolis, Atromitos, Olympiakos, PAOK and PAS Giannina for the Super League Greece Interwetten framed with Pre & Post Game Show and favorite shows.

- The top European football leagues La Liga Santander & La Liga SmartBank, Bundesliga & 2. Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Eredivisie, Jupiler Pro League, MLS, EFL Championship, Serie B, Cup of Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands and Belgium as well as the Carabao Cup of England. And from next season the Premier League with top clubs and big stars, plays exclusively at Novasports!

- The largest European international and national basketball competitions with EuroLeague and the participation of Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, EuroCup and the participation of Prometheus Patras, FIBA, Lega Basket Serie A, etc.

- Top events in tennis, volleyball, golf, motors.

Stay tuned to Novasports with the richest sports premium content!

New deal between Nova and NBCUniversal

22/09/2021

 

Nova, a member of United Group, Southeast Europe’s leading provider of telecommunications and media services, has closed an exclusive, multi-year deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution for the first run pay window rights for NBCUniversal’s films and TV series.

Feature films that will premiere exclusively on Novacinema channels through this new deal include: "F9: The Fast Saga", as well as all eight previous movies in the blockbuster "Fast & Furious" movie franchise; thrilling dramas such as “Let Him Go”, starring Oscar® winners Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, “Every Breath You Take”, starring Oscar®-winning actor Casey Affleck; “Archive”, starring rising Hollywood star Theo James. Nova subscribers will also have the opportunity to watch films like the moving drama “Land”, starring and directed by Robin Wright in her feature directorial debut; political comedy “Irresistible”, starring Steve Carell, Rose Byrne and Chris Cooper; and “Freaky”, a horror comedy starring Vince Vaughn.

Additionally, the deal secures many of NBCUniversal’s standout family and children's movies such as the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation films “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “The Croods: A New Age”.

Furthermore, Nova channels will be enhanced with popular films from NBCUniversal’s vast library such as "Jurassic Park", "Penguins of Madagascar" and "Over the Hedge", along with the Academy Award®-winning titles including "Milk" and "Brokeback Mountain".

Through this agreement, Nova has also secured a great selection of first window TV series, such as true-crime drama series "The Thing About Pam", starring Oscar®  winner Renee Zellweger in her broadcast television debut; the serialized anthology series "Fires" created by award-winning showrunner Tony Ayres and featuring an all-star cast led by Sam Worthington, Sullivan Stapleton, Miranda Otto and Anna Torv; "The Undeclared War", directed by seven-time BAFTA winner Peter Kosminsky and starring Oscar® winner Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg; and the upcoming dramas "La Brea" and "Ordinary Joe”.

Belinda Menendez, President & CRO, Global Distribution and International, NBCUniversal, stated: “Nova is a valued partner for us, so we’re delighted that so many of our marquee films and upcoming TV series will debut on their channels in Greece and in Cyprus as part of this deal.”

Kiki Silvestriadou, CEO of Nova Media, stated: “We are very happy that we have reached the agreement with NBCUniversal Global Distribution as it will enrich our premium content even further by offering some of the best films and series available to our subscribers. The deal will serve our goal of delivering the most diverse and high-quality content via our four Novacinema channels.”

Nova strengthens leadership with key appointments

20/09/2021

Nova, Pay-TV and telecommunications service provider announced today a series of appointments to strengthen its management team and lead key functions amid the company’s ongoing transformation.

The new appointments include a CEO of Nova Media, a Chief Commercial Officer, a Business Commercial Director, and executives to lead Marketing, Human Resources, and Legal departments accordingly.

Backed 100-percent by owner United Group, Nova is running a transformation programme that is building on the company’s long innovative heritage and shaping it into a robust contender on the Pay-TV and telecommunications local market.  

“We are thrilled to welcome the team’s new members who have come to join us in the demanding and ambitious work we do in order to fulfil the contemporary needs of our customers,” said Nova CEO, Panayotis Georgiopoulos.

“With a new corporate identity and logo, a major investment programme, it’s an exciting time to be part of the Nova team. We’re transforming the company, while creating not only additional value for our customers but also opportunities for our people,” Mr. Georgiopoulos added.

Appointments

Kiki Silvestriadou has been appointed CEO of Nova Media. A seasoned executive of the mass media industry for two decades, Silvestriadou joins from Open Beyond TV, previously serving as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, Mrs. Silvestriadou has served as an executive in TELETYPOS SA (MEGA TV).

Alexandros Ntavos has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer, returning to Nova after previous experience in the company. His experience includes commercial roles in multinational companies both in the telecommunications and consumer products industries, including OTE Group, FrieslandCampina, and Schwarzkopf-Henkel.

Maria Stergiou has been appointed Business Commercial Director. Stergiou joins from gaming solutions Intralot where she served as Senior VP Group Chief Sales & Operations Officer, Global Operations Director, and Group PMO Director.

Georgios Zarogiannis has been appointed Marketing Director. With 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, Zarogiannis joins from Vikos SA, where he was Director of Communications. He has also held the roles of CEO at Soho Square Athens advertising agency as well as General Manager at Ogilvy Albania.

Stavroula Kavoura has been appointed Human Resources Director. Kavoura has 20 years of experience in HR roles in the telecommunications industry. She joins from Victus Networks, where she served as Head Human Resources, and before that worked for Vodafone.

Katerina Maniadaki has been appointed Legal & Regulatory Director. Maniadaki joins from the UK Communications Regulator Office of Communications (Ofcom), where she served as Principal Legal Advisor for nine years. In the past, she worked for DG CONNECT-Market Reviews Unit at the European Commission, as well as for the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam. Additionally, she is a Doctor of Law School, at King's College London».

BC Partners-owned United Group agrees to acquire Greek telecoms operator Wind Hellas

16/08/2021

United Group, the leading provider of telecommunications services and media in Southeast Europe, announced today it has reached an agreement with Crystal Almond Holdings Limited to acquire Greek telecoms operator Wind Hellas, one of the country’s three mobile operators.

Wind has a total of 4.2 million users and offers mobile, fixed, internet, and television services. It generates revenues in excess of €500 million annually.

The transaction will enable United Group to combine Wind with its existing Greek pay-TV provider Nova to create a strong converged operator that will be the number two player in both broadband internet and television services. 

In an attractive market, with significant potential for growth, the Wind-Nova combination will be better able to deliver converged offers, new technologies, and superior service, increasing value to Greek consumers.

Nikos Stathopoulos, Partner at BC Partners and Chairman of United Group said: “Acquiring and integrating strong local telecom and media businesses onto our platform is a core part of United Group's European growth strategy. Greece is a key market for us and with the acquisition of Wind, we are able to create a leading converged operator and contribute to the development of Greece’s telecoms sector through investments in network infrastructure, content, technology, and innovative products and services and be a leading force in the digitalisation of the country.”

United Group CEO Victoriya Boklag said: “This deal confirms United Group’s long-term commitment to the Greek market. Wind, with its strong mobile business, has an amazing fit with the media and the fixed-line expertise of Nova and United Group. In Wind, we are buying a successful business that will enable us to strengthen our presence and offering to customers across Greece.”

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in 2022.

United Group partners with Nokia to upgrade core mobile network to offer unsurpassed user experience

11/08/2021

United Group announced today that it is partnering with Nokia to upgrade its cloud native mobile core network, making improvements to quality, capacity and security that will support the introduction of next-generation digital services across Southeast Europe, including new enhanced 5G services for both residential and business customers.

Among other core-native network products, Nokia is providing software to manage critical network functionality, delivering advantages such as enormous increases in speed for a superior user experience while at the same time ensuring the security of user data.

Nokia’s upgrades will also allow United Group’s mobile operators – Vivacom in Bulgaria and Telemach in Croatia and Slovenia – to realise massive connectivity for the burgeoning number of devices that require an internet connection as well as ultrareliable network connections to support the applications and services that are critical to the digital transformation of modern industry.

The upgrades are part of a five-year plan of more than €900 million in investments that United Group, the leading provider of telecommunications and media in the region, is making to modernise both its mobile and fixed networks in order to deliver superior connectivity and advanced products and services to millions of new and existing customers.

United Group expects developments such as Gbps mobile connectivity, low latency-based services, enhanced data plans, and fixed-wireless access to be key drivers in coming years of both digitalisation and competitiveness in the markets it serves.

The enhancements will also ensure United Group’s operators comfortably meet all network security requirements in each of their respective countries.

The agreement expands the relationship between Nokia and United Group after the Dutch-based company earlier this year selected Nokia to support its rollout of a next-generation fibre network across Southeast Europe that will be the most advanced in the region.

United Group Vice President Technology Željko Batistić: “The surge in connected devices and all the demands that mobile users have today require a powerful wireless network that can transfer large volumes of data fast, securely and with very low latency. With

Nokia’s support we are building Southeast Europe’s best mobile network, one focused on quality, performance, and product innovation. The investments we are making – in both mobile and fixed – will guarantee that United Group’s users always have access to the very best our industry has to offer.”

Mikko Lavanti, Vice President, Head of Central Europe & Central Asia, said: “Nokia is delighted to further support United Group’s strong market position in Southeast Europe. Nokia’s market leading core portfolio continues to demonstrate its breadth, reliability and innovation using true cloud capabilities and centralized or distributed deployment. We look forward to delivering United Group and its customers superior network performance and scale.”

The core deployments will be rolled out initially for United Group’s 3G, 4G and 5G networks on the cloud, starting by the third quarter of this year.

Nova supports its subscribers in Varybobi, Evia and Messinia with a series of actions

05/08/2021

Nova, a member of the United Group, the leading telecommunications and media provider in Southeastern Europe, announced that, which are currently being supporting its subscribers in the Varybombi, Evia and Messinia regions tested by disasters caused by local fires in a series of actions aimed at facilitating them.

Specifically for the subscribers of the above affected areas:

  • There will be no interruption in the provision to Nova subscribers (home subscribers, freelancers and small and medium-sized businesses) of Internet, telephony and television services, due to overdue debts until 31 August.
  • Subscribers who have suffered damage to their installation or equipment will be entitled, upon request, free visit and repair (equipment replacement) by an authorized technician, until further notice.
  • Equipment replacements and technical visits concern the subscribers in their entirety, regardless of the contract. In addition, they do not lead to commitment, until further notice.
  • Subscribers in case of relocation will not be charged the relocation fee, until further notice.
  • At the same time, Nova will terminate or downgrade subscribers who report that they have suffered damage and request the termination of pay-TV services, without any charge, until further notice.
  • TV subscribers who contact Nova and request an interruption due to an emergency, their request will proceed immediately and online, until further notice.
  • Finally, the reconnection fee will NOT be charged to those subscribers of pay-TV services who wish to reconnect, until further notice.

For more information, please contact the Nova Stores or call the Nova Customer Service Center at 13831 (charge € 0.2500 / call from Nova network).

Nova and Olympiacos continue together in the new season!

28/07/2021

Nova and PAE Olympiacos, announce the renewal of their cooperation regarding the exclusive broadcast of the home games of the Greek football championship both in the regular season and in the Play Offs for the 2021-2022 season.

Nova, a member of United Group, the leading telecommunications and media operator in Southeastern Europe, through the renewal of its cooperation with PAE Olympiacos, further enriches its premium sports content.

Novasports subscribers will enjoy the hottest season ever, with top teams in the Greek football league, La Liga Spain, Bundesliga Germany, Ligue 1 France, Eredivisie Netherlands, Jupiler Pro League Belgium, Championship England, DFB Pokal Germany, Coppa Italia Coupe de France, with the largest European inter-club and national basketball competitions, EuroLeague, EuroCup, FIBA, Lega Basket Serie A and many other sports.

Forthnet is becoming Nova. A new and dynamic era is starting.

15/06/2021

Forthnet announced today that it is officially changing its name to Nova. As part of the change – which aligns the company’s name with its consumer-facing brand – Nova is refreshing its visual identity to mark the beginning of a whole new era for the company and the Greek market.

Backed by 100-percent owner United Group, Nova is in the midst of a total transformation. United Group is the leading provider of telecommunications and media services in Southeast Europe, serving 11 million users and producing 55 channels across 8 countries. The Group is majority owned by BC Partners, one of the world’s largest global investment companies, with Nikos Stathopoulos as its Managing Partner.

“This is the beginning of a dynamic new era for Nova. We are building on the innovative heritage of the company and transforming Nova into a strong contender in the Greek telecom and media market – applying all of our considerable experience, expertise, and scale to do so,” said United Group Chief Executive Officer Victoriya Boklag.

Nova has historically been the biggest investor in pay-TV content in Greece with an annual expenditure of roughly €100 million. With the regional scale of United Group, the entertainment and sports offering of Nova will be stronger than ever.

Along with the Greek Football Championship, EuroLeague and other sports traditionally broadcast on Nova, from next season Greek fans will enjoy thrilling new additions to the line-up that bring non-stop action from the world’s most-talked-about sporting events. This includes their favourite teams battling it out in the UEFA qualifiers, Bundesliga, and LaLiga as well as superstar athletes going head-to-head during Wimbledon, the Davis Cup, and the ATP Cup. Νova also has the rights to the FIBA basketball competitions, Football Coppa Italia, the Dutch and Belgian leagues and much, much more.

Nova CEO Panayotis Georgiopoulos said investments are also being made to build new infrastructure, implement new technologies and IT systems, develop new products, reshape the Nova brand, and transform customer touchpoints.

As part of Phase 1 of its investment plan United Group is investing an additional €50 million in the company through the end of the year. This comes on top of €150 million spent on the acquisition and restructuring of the business over the past six months. Phase 2 of United Group’s investment plan for Nova with a five-year horizon is now under development.

Georgiopoulos emphasized that an important goal for the company is to secure access to open NGA networks and – wherever possible – to build its own infrastructure to ensure that Nova can offer the winning combination of fast internet, new technologies, leading content, and the best user experience to Greek businesses and consumers.

“We are hard at work now developing great new products and services for customers. Greek consumers can expect new products to be introduced already after the summer. Over the next few months you will see significant changes being made and new offerings,” he said.

“There’s so much more to come. It’s a thrilling time to be part of the company,” said Georgiopoulos, who joined Nova in April as part of the new management and expertise that United Group is bringing in to transform the operator.

Boklag said that United Group, which operates many of Southeast Europe’s most successful telecommunications and media brands, was excited by the opportunities that it sees in the Greek market.

“We believe our entry into the Greek market will stimulate competition and innovation, to the benefit of Greek consumers,” Boklag added.

Nova strengthens content offer with Alpha HD channel

14/06/2021

Nova and Alpha Doryforiki Tileorasi SA announce their new partnership, by introducing the broadcast of Alpha HD on the Nova satellite and OTT platforms. As of today, all Nova subscribers can watch Alpha Channel on all devices at their convenience.

Nova is a member of United Group, the leading provider of telecommunications services and media in Southeast Europe. Through its partnership with Alpha Doryforiki Tileorasi SA and the introduction of Alpha HD on its platform, it is further strengthening its rich content assortment, providing more than 250 channels with movies, series, children’s shows, documentaries and sports ensuring that the entire family can enjoy quality television, 24 hours a day.

With the addition of Alpha HD, Nova offers even more choices to its subscribers, so they can enjoy the largest Free-To-Air Greek and International TV channels. Hosting some of the biggest TV names in the country and some of the most popular TV formats, Alpha has consistently been ranked among the top national TV stations in our country. Providing programming suitable for the whole family, it focuses on live entertainment and news programs, Greek fiction, as well as favorite foreign movies and series.

Via the set-top box Nova subscribers will have easy access to the entire program of Alpha HD: Everyday, the most successful Greek comedy series, such as "Min arhizeis tin mourmoura", news and entertainment shows that have won the love of the audience, such as “Happy Day” with Stamatina Tsimtsili, "Savvatokyriako me ton Manesi" and "Kalitera den ginete" with Natalia Germanou, "Fos sto tounel" with Angeliki Nikolouli, game shows giving away money and rich gifts such as "Deal" and "Megali apodrasi" with Christos Ferentinos, the "Kitchen Lab" with Akis Petretzikis and also the unique love reality show "The Bachelor" that will steal your heart, everything is here to make your day and keep you company at nights!

Katerina Kaskanioti, PayTV Executive Director of Nova said: “We welcome Alpha and its rich program, which as of today will be available to all our subscribers and will be offered throughout the territory via the most advanced ways of viewing. We continue to dynamically enrich our line up with new content by securing premium program of high interest for  our subscribers”.

Christos Kombos, Program Manager of Alpha, said: “Our main focus is for Alpha viewers to have alternative ways of access regarding their favorite series and shows, and the new strategic partnership with Nova fulfils this goal. The availability of our program in high definition HD format makes our relationship with the viewer stronger and comes under the broader strategy of distributing our content through modern and technologically advanced satellite & OTT platforms”.

Nova enriches content offer with STAR HD channel

11/06/2021

Nova and Nea Tileorasi SA announce their new partnership, involving the broadcasting of STAR HD on the Nova satellite and OTT platforms. As of today, all Nova subscribers can watch Star Channel on all devices at their convenience.

Nova is a member of United Group, the leading provider of telecommunications services and media in Southeast Europe. Through its partnership with Star Channel’s parent company Nea Tileorasi SA and the introduction of STAR HD on its platform, it is further strengthening its rich content assortment, providing more than 250 channels with movies, series, children’s shows, documentaries and sports – meaning the entire family can enjoy quality television, 24 hours a day.

With the inclusion of STAR HD, Nova gives its subscribers even more choices, so they can enjoy the largest free-over-the-air and satellite TV channels. Star Channel was broadcast for the first time in Greece on 4 December 1993, and since 1995 has consistently ranked among the top national TV stations in our country. Star Channel began broadcasting STAR HD in 2016.

Nova subscribers will have easy access to STAR HD via the set-top box. STAR HD is well-established in the minds of TV viewers for its extremely successful entertainment shows MasterChef and Greece’s Next Top Model, as well as for its daily shows Sti folia ton Kou Kou, Alitheies with Zina, Shopping Star, and Wheel of Fortune. In addition, Star broadcasts popular movies and international drama & comedy series daily, and its offering includes very rich kids programming under the umbrella name Starland.

Katerina Kaskanioti, PayTV Executive Director of Nova said: “This landmark new partnership with Star connects our subscribers to more of the content they love and brings brands the most advanced ways to reach audiences. This is another strong addition to Nova's content line up, which is continuously growing with brilliant new content assets.”

Karolos Alkalai, General Manager of Star, said: “We’re very pleased that Star's program is once again part of Nova platforms and bouquet of channels, enriching its content offer for the benefit and convenience of subscribers. On this occasion, we welcome United group to Greece and we wish the company every success in its activities.”