The Bulgarian transmission company NURTS sees the new Multiple Channels Per Carrier (MCPC) platform it launched with Eutelsat at the beginning of this month as a way of expanding its business beyond the CEE region.
Speaking to Broadband TV News at NEM 2016, Vladimir Rangelov, commercial director, NURTS Bulgaria, said that the platform is using 36B, which covers Europe, part of Asia and the whole of the Middle East.
He added that the first channel agreement has been signed with Nat Geo Wild (UK) and others are likely to be reached in the next few months.
Rangelov said that Eutelsat had been chosen because of the unique coverage of its satellite, fast reaction, good customer care and great flexibility.
Commenting on the pay-TV sector in Bulgaria, Rangelov said that there are currently 300 operators serving a market of 3 million households, with Bulsatcom and Vivacom the leading providers.
ARPU is only around €6 and just 2% of subscribers switch to other platforms.
Consolidation in the market can be expected.