Nordic Entertainment Group
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Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is a pan-Nordic media and entertainment company headquartered in Stockholm.
|Type||Publicly traded Aktiebolag NASDAQ: class A (NENT-A.ST) and class B (NENT-B.ST)|
|Founded||July 1, 2018|
The company operates the video streaming services Viaplay and Viafree, advertising-funded TV and radio channels, the V pay-TV channels, and more than 30 production companies.
In March 2018, the Stockholm-headquartered entertainment company Modern Times Group (MTG) initiated a process to split into two companies by spinning off its then Nordic Entertainment and MTG Studios business segments plus Splay Networks into a new company. This was initiated after Danish telecommunications operator TDC A/S, which had proposed to buy these assets a month earlier, was itself acquired by the Australian private equity investor Macquarie Group. Anders Jensen, MTG executive vice president and CEO of Nordic Entertainment, was named president and CEO of NENT Group.
Advertising funded television (Free-TV)Edit
Nordic Entertainment Group operates advertising funded channels in Scandinavia. Typically, the portfolio structure for these channels is one primary channel (TV3), and then secondary channels (TV6, TV3+ etc...) These channels generate primarily advertising revenues, and are classified as free-TV, but a majority of the Scandinavian free-TV channels are encrypted and subject to decoding fees.
|General||TV3 Sweden||TV3 Norway||TV3 Denmark|
|General secondary||TV6 Sweden (Free)||V4||TV3+ Denmark|
|TV6 Norway||TV3 Puls|
The sports channels available in the different Scandinavian countries differ somewhat depending on different rights held for different markets and different business agreements.
Nordic Entertainment Group operates Viaplay, a streaming service in the Nordic countries. On 20 May 2020, it was announced that Viaplay will expand to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in Q1 2021. On 24 June, Viaplay's Finnish service merged with rival Elisa Viihde Aitio, owned by Elisa, to form Elisa Viihde Viaplay.
Viafree - a free streaming service in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
The following channels are available in all Scandinavian countries:
- V Film Premiere (SD/HD)
- V Film Action (SD/HD)
- V Film Hits
- V Film Family
- V Series (SD/HD)
- eSportsTV (HD)
- V Sport Golf (SD/HD)
- V Sport Hockey (SD/HD) (except Denmark)
- V Sport Ultra HD (UHD)
These channels are only available in Sweden:
- V Sport (formerly known as Viasat Sport 1) (SD/HD)
- V Sport Football (formerly known as Viasat Sport 2) (SD/HD)
- V Sport Motor (formerly known as Viasat Sport 3) (SD/HD)
- V Sport Premium (HD)
These channels are only available in Norway:
- V Sport (SD/HD)
These channels are available in Finland:
Viasat owns several radio networks and stations in Sweden and Norway:
- Rix FM, national network in Sweden
- Star FM, national network in Sweden
- Bandit Rock, station in Stockholm and Uppsala
- Power Hit Radio, station in Stockholm
- P4 Radio Hele Norge, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- P5 Hits, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- P6 Rock, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- P7 Klem, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- P8 Pop, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- P9 Retro, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- P10 Country, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- P11 Bandit, national network in Norway (Internet)
- NRJ Norway, national network in Norway (DAB+)
- I Like Radio, streaming service
Nent Studios comprises more than 30 production companies in 17 countries, including: 
- Nice Drama (Sweden)
- Splay One (Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden)
- Brain Academy (Sweden)
- Baluba (Sweden)
- Strix Television (Sweden/Norway /Netherlands/Belgium)
- One Big Happy Family (Norway)
- Monster AS (Norway)
- Strong Productions (Denmark)
- Moskito Television (Finland)
- Grillifilms (Finland)
- Production House (Finland)
- EPIQ (Denmark)
- Playroom (Norway)
- Paprika Studios (Hungary/Czech Republic/Slovakia/Romania/Bulgaria/Slovenia/Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania)
- NENT Studios UK
- NENT Studios Animation
On 29 January 2020, NENT Studios announced that they were looking to sell off their unscripted labels to focused on scripted productions. However, the attempts were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, before NENT Studios decided to resume them shortly after changing the name of their British division DRG to NENT Studios UK on 30 April of that year.
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- Official website (in English)