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Fans staying with eSports as they age, says Spanish survey

The average eSports fan in Spain is a 24 year-old male who spends more than five hours a day on surfing the internet and is a heavy user of social media, according to a study unveiled at the Madrid Gaming Experience event for Modern Times Group-owned eSports leader ESL and Telefónica/Movistar, ESL’s partner for the […]

Telefónica to ‘maintain’ content spend

Telefónica plans to maintain rather than grow its current level of expenditure on original content and will assess the benefits of its investment in content generally in the light of rights inflation “in a rational way”, according to Ángel Vilá Boix, the Spanish telco’s chief operating officer. Answering an analyst question after Telefónica released strong […]

TV recovery boosts buoyant Telefónica

A recovery in TV contributed to a buoyant Telefónica’s strong third quarter performance that saw overall revenue growth of 4% and organic OIBDA growth of 2.8%. Telefónica’s overall pay TV subscriber base grew by 101,000 during the quarter, reversing earlier losses to end flat year-on-year at 8.4 million. Video revenues grew by 6.8% to €742 […]

Movistar+ launches on Sony Android-based smart TVs

Spanish pay TV service Movistar+ is now available on Sony smart TVs that use the Android TV operating system, which accounts for the majority of the consumer electronics giant’s sets. Movistar+ has revamped its app on Sony TVs to offer more content, allowing subscribers to view up to three streams simultaneously in different parts of […]

Telefónica launching 4K UHD TV service in beta

Telefónica is planning to launch its Movistar+ UHD service in beta, making its new UHD set-top and content available to a limited number of users. Viewers who sign up to take part in the beta trial will receive a new WiFi-enabled 4K UHD set-top box. In the first phase of the trial, Movistar will only […]

AT&T reportedly mulling sale of Latin American pay TV operations

AT&T is reportedly mulling a possible sale of its pay TV assets in Latin America to help pay down the debt incurred from its planned acquisition of Time Warner, leading to speculation that Liberty Global or Telefónica could emerge as potential buyers. Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported at the end of last week that AT&T […]

Movistar Partizado only available via main Spanish operators

The new season of Spanish La Liga football kicked off this weekend, with matches to which Telefónica holds the exclusive rights offered only via the country’s principal operators. The Movistar Partizado offering will only be available via Telefónica’s Movistar service, Vodafone, Orange and Orange-owned Jazztel. Following the shutting down of Telecable-owned online sports service Tedi.tv, […]

Telefónica ‘looking to launch’ international OTT TV service

Telefónica is mulling the launch of a Netflix-like OTT TV service to target an international audience, according to a report in El País newspaper. According to El País, citing unnamed sources, Telefónica is looking at taking its content to subscribers in countries such as the UK and Germany where its Movistar+ pay TV service is […]

Netflix ‘not causing major shift’ for Telefónica TV

The arrival of Netflix and other OTT TV players is not causing “a major shift in the evolution of [Telefónica’s] customer base”, according to the telco’s executive chairman, José María Álvarez-Pallete López. Answering analyst questions following the company’s second quarter results, Álvarez-Pallete said that the company’s Fusión offering was growing its customer base and that […]

Telefónica TV boosted by success of converged bundles

Telefónica saw its pay TV base rise in the second quarter for the first time in a year, with the success of convergent offerings driving the reversal of fortune. The company added 56,000 pay TV homes in the three months to June, although this was not quite enough to offset a year-on-year decline in the […]

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