Viasat pay-TV up 10%

Viasat Broadcasting' fourth quarter results show development in Central and East Europe and an increase in premium subs. Viasat's Nordic pay-TV operations grew sales by 10% as the combination of price increases and new services pushed up ARPU by 13% to SEK 4,097.

Premium subscribers increased by 14,000 on the quarter, thanks largely to last May's distribution agreement with Sweden's Telia, ending 2008 on 754,000. DTH subs fell 3,000 to 676,000. 12,000 ViasatPlus PVR subs were added, taking the installed base to 115,000 at the end of the third quarter.

Viasat ended 2008 with 218,000 subscribers to its premium DTH operations in Central and Eastern Europe, up on 164,000 a year earlier including the new platform in Ukraine.

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