Pay TV Operators


Canal+ returns to growth, Vivendi chief confirms mediation in Italy

Vivendi has seen a return to growth for Canal+’s domestic French subscriber base for the first time since 2015. Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine has meanwhile confirmed that the group is in mediation to secure an end to its long-running and bitter battle with Mediaset in Italy. Vivendi also released numbers for short-form video initiative […]

Altice Portugal strikes deal with Netflix

Altice Portugal/Meo has added Netflix to its TV offering via the MEObox. The global subscription video-on-demand leader will appear in the MEObox user grid on channel 88. Meo said it would also soon make 1,200 hours of Netflix 4K content available via the MEObox 4K, its new 4K UHD TV set-top. The agreement will bring […]

C More sports channels on Viasat for first time

Swedish pay and TV broadcaster Bonnier Broadcasting has secured a deal with Modern Times Group’ that will see its C More sports channels appear on the MTG Viasat pay TV platform for the first time. C More’s sports channels will appear on the platform from the first quarter of next year. The deal also secures […]

Melita taps ADB for RDK rollout in Malta

Maltese cable operator Melita has tapped technology outfit ADB to oversee the commercial launch of its new TV service. ADB will use its set-top and RDK middleware expertise to help Melita develop a range of new RDK-based services. Melita is deploying the ADB 1750CF HD HEVC STB with Wifi, and four tuners to support its […]

Canal+ secures Women’s World Cup rights from TF1

Vivendi-owned French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the pay TV rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup from commercial broadcaster TF1. Under its deal with TF1, Canal+ will air all 52 matches of the tournament, which takes place in France in June and July 2019. TF1 will meanwhile air the 25 best matches from […]

US pay TV providers lost 405,000 video subscribers in Q3

The largest pay TV providers in the US lost about 405,000 net video subscribers in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a loss of about 250,000 subscribers in Q3 2016. This is according to Leichtman Research Group, which analysed stats for cable, satellite and telco operators in the US that account for 92.2 million […]

Tricolor TV launches mobile TV offering Territora Tricolor

Russian TV operator Tricolor TV has partnered with Eutelsat to launch a satellite-powered out-of-home mobile TV offering called Territoria Tricolor. The service lets viewers in hotels, airports, railway stations and other public places gain free WiFi access to TV channels on their mobile devices without consuming their mobile data allowance. The service is also available […]

Android TV adoption still at an early stage

Only 1% of European TV pay TV subscribers are currently using Android OS-powered set-top boxes, according to research by Dataxis, with about 40 pay TV service worldwide having deployed Android TV-based platforms through the third quarter. Despite the relatively now numbers, the research group believes that Android TV will gain traction both with operators and […]

Free and Bouygues rise as SFR falls

French multi-play service providers Iliad Telecom/Free and Bouygues Telecom have both turned in solid numbers for the first nine months of the year, further throwing into relief the problems being experienced by rival Altice France/SFR. Iliad Telecom posted an increase in revenues of 6.6% to €3.71 billion for the quarter, boosted by the addition of […]

Pay TV and OTT: when two tribes go to watch

Pay TV operators can defend their revenues and continue to grow, but they need to tap into the growing demand for SVOD and cater to the tastes of ‘content connoisseurs’ – one of five ‘TV tribes’ that marketers must now address – according to research by Ampere Analysis for TV technology outfit Nagra. Despite growth […]

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