Two CEOs of billion-dollar media houses at the same table: the head of Nova, Daniel Grunt (right), and his counterpart from Prima, Marek Singer, care about your entertainment and agree that we are living in the golden age of TV. Only this acronym no longer stands for television but for total video.
The Association of Commercial Television (AKTV) wants foreign platforms like Netflix, HBO and Disney+ to contribute to the Audiovisual Support Fund in the same way as Czech services.
Local video platform Voyo will continue its set pace of investment in content production in the coming years. "The mathematics of the growth trajectory does not allow us to slow down," says CME deputy CEO Dusan Švalek.
Is media a field in decline? Few will refute that as forcefully as Dušan Švalek. The man who already largely runs the operations of CME, the multinational group that operates the Czech Republic's most-watched commercial television and has huge plans for the Voyo video library.
The viewership of the Nova Voyo streaming service is growing. It attracts viewers' attention mainly with new original series. At the end of February, the service already had half a million active and paying users in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. But the goal of the managers is higher, Voyo wants up to a million subscribers.
Voyo, operated by Nova TV, has just reached 500,000 subscribers for the Czech Republic and Slovakia combined, and is estimated to be catching up with Netflix.
The management of CME and TV Nova announce significant changes in the organisational structure of both companies. These changes are intended to further support not only the rapid growth of the group as a whole, but also its digital transformation.
This year is likely to be another growth year for the country's biggest commercial broadcaster, but there are a number of uncertainties on the horizon: rising production costs for series, a looming recession and the unpredictable development of the war in Ukraine. What are the tasks, that will be Nova facing this year? Read interview with Jan Vlček, TV Nova CEO.