TeliaSonera International Carrier added a big sports broadcasting notch to its belt this morning, announcing that it will be delivering live NHL games to the Scandanavian countries. While of North American sports it’s usually basketball that gets exported the most, for countries touching the Arctic Circle it is naturally hockey that gets the views. The Nordic-based carrier will be delivering 35 match feeds per week to Viasat in Stockholm over the next five years, adding up to some 6,000 hockey games.
Teliasonera and Viasat have worked together before of course, although not on this particular type of content via fiber networks. Snell will be supplying its Alchemist frame rate converters to maintain service quality, while Encompass Digital Media will be handling the US leg of the journey.
Teliasonera’s international presence both in IP and in content services has been growing steadily in stature over the past several years. It has all been organic so far, while their mobile interests have been rather more diverse. I wonder if their appetite might shift more toward fiber M&A this year.