The main one will be the abolition of the service fee and introduction of a new paid Mini package that will cost CZK149 (€5.71) a month or CZK1,788 a year. Channels in the digital offer will no longer be available separately after payment of the service fee. However, they will remain part of all paid packages, with the new Mini package being the lowest package.
The Mini package will consist of 79 channels, of which 39 will be in HD. Subscribers will not miss the exclusive premieres of programmes broadcast on Skylink 7, which will also be part of the new offer. In addition, all users will have access to the Skylink Live TV internet service, which allows users to watch TV on up to four devices across the EU, including a 7-day archive and a rich video library.
Commenting on the upcoming changes, Ladislav Rehacek, M7 Group’s manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, said: “The aim of this step is to bring a significantly richer programme offer and an overall higher value in the lowest package. On the contrary, we see the long-term provision of a service based largely on free-to-air television stations as problematic. The fact that we do not get access to these stations for our customers free of charge plays an important role, we pay for their dissemination.
“We made the same change in Slovakia a year ago and there has been a positive impact. It is clear that not everyone will be satisfied with a slight increase in price, but we believe that even in the Czech Republic, the vast majority of customers will welcome the expansion of the offer by another 17 programmes”.
Along with the introduction of the Mini package, the price of two additional packages is being adjusted: the new price of the CS package will be CZK155 per month, and the subscription to the Film Europe package will now cost CZK160 per month. The above changes will also be reflected in the structure of Skylink Live TV internet TV packages.