Pay TV Operators

Sky Italia and DAZN forge streaming and TV partnership

Pay TV giant Sky and sports streamer DAZN have signed an agreement in Italy that makes DAZN’s app available on Sky Q from August 8. The deal will also allow Sky subscribers to access the Zona DAZN channel via the Sky decoder for a special rate, offering seven DAZN exclusive Serie A TIM matches per round and a selection […]

Canal+ announces EPL sublicencing deals in Slovakia and Czech Republic

Canal+ has reached sublicencing agreements with a trio of operators in Slovakia and the Czech Republic to carry the English Premier League. Ahead of the new season, Canal+ has confirmed deals with Slovak Telekom, DIGI Slovakia, and T-Mobile Czech Republic to broadcast all 380 matches on a newly created Canal+ Sport channel.  The three year […]

US imposes sanctions on National Media Group chair Kabaeva

The US, along with the EU and UK, has imposed sanctions on the chair of Russia’s National Media Group (NMG), Alina Kabaeva. Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, is widely believed to be in a long-term relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, although the latter has denied they are romantically involved. She was previously a member […]

Bouygues Telecom ups target after solid first half

French service provider Bouygues Telecom “maintained good commercial momentum” in the first half of 2022 according to its parent company. The telco added 81,000 fixed-line customers in the first half of the year, taking its total base to 4.5 million. The company had 2.6 million FTTH customers at end-June 2022, thanks to 315,000 new adds […]

Disney+ comes to Virgin TV 360

More than two years after launching in the UK, Disney+ is finally becoming available on Virgin TV 360 set-top boxes.  To coincide with the streaming debut of Pixar animated hit movie Lightyear, the app will join the Virgin TV 360 platform, which also provides access to services including Amazon Prime, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, […]

Altice USA rebrands Suddenlink as Optimum

Altice USA has rebranded its Suddenlink subsidiary as Optimum, bringing the company’s telecommunications products and services under one unified brand across its entire footprint. The move comes as the company launches Optimum’s latest nationwide brand campaign with the tagline “Get Closer, Go Farther” Altice USA said that from today and throughout the months ahead, the […]

Orange’s rivals slam copper net shut-down plan

Orange’s French competitors have expressed dismay over the country’s leading telco’s plan to shut down its copper network. In submissions to a consultation organised by telecom regulator ARCEP, the telcos cited lack of transparency and lack of ambition as their principal concerns. Orange has submitted a plan that would see it stop offering xDSL in […]

France, Italy and Spain call on EC to make big tech contribute to network costs

A joint effort from legislators in France, Italy and Spain will apply pressure on the European Commission to make big tech firms like Google and Netflix contribute towards European infrastructure costs. The trio of nations have put together a joint paper (via Reuters) which argues that the six largest content providers online account for 55% […]

Entertainment ‘increasingly critical’ for Liberty Global, says Fries

Entertainment is “increasingly a critical part of the bundle” of service for Liberty Global, according to the company’s CEO Mike Fries, despite the company’s emphasis on fixed-mobile convergence and broadband. Speaking to analysts after Liberty posted disappointing results at the end of last week, Fries said that an integrated entertainment offering, including the super-aggregation of […]

Canal+ sees revenue and subscriber numbers rise again

Vivendi’s pay TV outfit Canal+ Group continued to grow both revenue and subscriber numbers in the first half of this year. The group saw its revenues rise by 3.3% to €2,873 million for the first half, or by 2.2% at constant currency. Canal+ Group’s total subscriber portfolio, including collective subscriptions, reached 23.9 million, including 9.6 […]

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