With new entries to the Sky EPG effectively on hold, over half of the new television service licence awards granted by Ofcom in September were for channels targeting countries outside the UK, specifically Eastern Europe.
Sparrowhawk International Channels Limited, recently acquired by NBC Universal, is launching Hallmark Channel into Bulgaria while viewers in Hungary, Poland, Romania & Turkey will share a version of Movies24 as the channel continues its East European rollout.
BBC Worldwide has received four licences as it prepares to rollout its four-channel suite comprising BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and Cbeebies into the Polish market.
Closer to home there are three licences for Zee TV; Zee Comedy, Zee Kids Animation and Zee Next.
Nickelodeon UK has a licence for the new Nicktoons 2.