Pay TV Operators

Canal+ selects Nagra to secure its 4K Ultra HD offer

Canal+ has selected Nagra’s content protection solution, Nagra Connect, to secure its new 4K Ultra HD offering in France. Launched this week, the new Canal+ service offers 4K Ultra HD content via satellite broadcast and over-the-top delivery to viewers through its new G9 set-top box. The 4K offering also lets viewers access premium TV in every room, […]

Bell Canada selects Ericsson to power TV services

Bell Canada has selected Ericsson to power its next-generation multi-screen TV services, in a new multi-year deal that extends the company’s current relationship. The Canadian operator will use Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform to offer a personalised and converged multiscreen TV experience to its more than 1.5 million Fibe TV and Alt TV subscribers in Canada. […]

BT offers 100Mbps speed guarantee

UK telco BT is now offering a 100 megabits per second (Mbps) speed guarantee for its new Ultrafast Fibre broadband packages. BT is launching two new Ultrafast Fibre packages with speeds of up to 152 Mbps and 314 Mbps, and said it will compensate these customers if their download speeds ever fall below 100 Mbps. […]

M6 strikes extended partnership with Canal+

French broadcaster M6 Group has struck a new partnership deal with Vivendi-owned pay TV provider Canal+ that will enable Canal+ subscribers to continue to view M6’s channels and will see the addition of a raft of other digital services to the platform. In addition to carriage of the flagship M6 channel and digital channels W9, […]

MTS enters eSports world with Gambit acquisition

Russian service provider MTS has entered the rapidly growing eSports market by acquiring leading eSports team group Gambit Esports. MTS has acquired Praliss Enterprises, which manages Gambit Esports. The latter unites four teams of eSports players – with 16 players in total – that compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2 and […]

Digital TV Research: MENA pay TV ARPU in decline

Pay TV revenues are set to grow in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) between 2017 and 2023 but at a lower rate than subscription numbers, according to Digital TV Research. The Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report said the figures indicate that average revenues per user (ARPU) must be falling […]

German cable operators launch analogue switch-off initiative

Germany’s top cable operators and broadcasters have launched an initiative called Digital Cable (Digitales Kabel) to accompany the final phase of the country’s migration from analogue to digital. Operators Telekom Deutschland, PΫUR and Vodafone and broadcasters ARD, RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 Media have come together to launch a project office for the analogue switch-off. They also receive the […]

Convergence tales: Com Hem, Liberty Global, Altice

As Tele2 combines with Com Hem and T-Mobile takes over UPC Austria, Stuart Thomson looks at the relative merits of different interpretations of convergence.  The importance of convergence in European service providers’ strategies and as a rationale for M&A appears to be gathering steam. This week saw Swedish mobile player Tele2 and Com Hem agree […]

Vivendi absorbs Canal+ call centre costs and unveils revenue expectations

Vivendi now expects its revenues to grow by 5% at constant currency for 2017 while EBITA will take a modest hit after the group incurred exceptional costs relating to the closure and restructuring of Canal+ call centres. Vivendi incurred costs of about €40 million in the fourth quarter related to the closure of the Canal+ […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: OTT and cord-cutting not a threat in Europe

OTT TV and cord-cutting is not a significant threat to network-based pay TV operators in Europe, in contrast with the US market, according to Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Citi’s 2018 Global TMT West conference, Fries said that “Europe is not the US”, being still a “local market” with local national […]

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