Viasat signs extended distribution agreements with four major content providers


Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ.) (‘MTG’ or ‘the Group’), the international
entertainment broadcasting group, today announced that it has signed a number of
renewed multi-year licensing agreements with NBCUniversal International
Television Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Nordisk
Film and SF Film.
Viasat Broadcasting has signed two separate licensing agreements with
NBCUniversal International Television Distribution. The first licensing
agreement is for the exclusive free-TV rights in Sweden, Norway and Denmark to a
broad range of current and library feature films, as well as scripted and
unscripted television series. The agreement has been entered in by Viasat in
partnership with the public service TV broadcasters in each of the Scandinavian
countries. The second licensing agreement is for the exclusive pay-TV and
subscription video-on-demand rights in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland for
current and library feature films. The NBCUniversal titles will be made
available on the premium pay-TV Viasat Film channels, as well as on the Viaplay
video on-demand online subscription pay-TV service (‘Viaplay’).

The multi-year licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television
Distribution provides Viasat Broadcasting with access to what is commonly known
as the “2nd Pay Television Window” of Twentieth Century Fox film content. The
agreement also includes many of Fox’s well-known library films and provides for
catch-up rights to linear broadcasts on the Viasat Film thematic premium pay-TV
channels in the Nordic region, which are available on the Viasat satellite pay
-TV platform, IPTV and cable TV networks. The catch-up service is available
through Viasat’s set-top-boxes and Fox films will also be made available on
Viaplay, which is made available via internet-connected devices including
computers, smart phones, tablets, Viasat set-top-boxes and TV sets.

The multi-year licensing agreement with SF provides Viasat with the exclusive
pay-TV rights to content from AB Svensk Filmindustri (SF Film) in Sweden,
Norway, Denmark and Finland to show Nordic feature films produced and co
-produced by SF Film. Included in the deal are the exclusive online and mobile
rights. The agreement covers local first-run feature titles and library feature
films. The first-run and library movies will be shown on the premium pay-TV
Viasat Film channels, and as part of the movie package on the online pay-TV
service Viaplay.

The multi-year licensing agreement with Nordisk Film provides Viasat
Broadcasting with exclusive first run and library title movies on pay-TV for
Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The first-run and library feature movies
will be shown on the premium pay-TV Viasat Film channels. MTG has also acquired
exclusive free-TV rights for first run and library movie titles in Sweden, and
library titles in Denmark. In Sweden the exclusive free-TV rights are for both
first-run and library titles, while in Denmark the free-TV rights are for
library titles. The movies broadcast on free-TV will be shown on Viasat’s free
-TV channels in the two countries. Viaplay has the SVOD rights to show library
titles across the Nordic region.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “The signing of the
agreements further solidifies our position as the leading premium content
provider in the Nordic region, both via traditional linear pay-TV channels and
on-demand. Viasat Broadcasting has licensing agreements with six major content
providers, which enables Viasat and Viaplay to offer a unique breadth of
exclusive premium content and a wide range of popular library titles. The
unrivalled range of movies and TV series, as well as the wide range of library
content will ensure that we will continue to strengthen our position as the home
of entertainment, both offline and online.”

For further information, please visit or contact:

Hans-Holger Albrecht, Chief Executive Officer
Tel:                              +46 (0) 8 562 000 50

Matthew Hooper, Head of Corporate Communications & Planning
Tel:                               +44 (0) 7768 440 414
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Modern Times Group (MTG) is an international entertainment broadcasting group
with operations that span four continents and include free-TV, pay-TV, radio and
content production businesses. MTG’s Viasat Broadcasting operates free-TV and
pay-TV channels, which are available on Viasat’s own satellite platforms and
third party networks, and also distributes TV content over the internet. MTG is
also the largest shareholder in CTC Media, which is Russia’s leading independent
television broadcaster.

Modern Times Group is a growth company and generated record net sales of SEK
13.5 billion in 2011. MTG’s Class A and B shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX
Stockholm’s Large Cap index under the symbols ‘MTGA’ and ‘MTGB’.

The information in this announcement is that which Modern Times Group MTG AB is
required to disclose under the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial
Instruments Trading Act. It was released for publication at 9:00 CET on 13
September 2012.