Pay TV Operators


Vodafone Spain sees big impact TV viewing patterns under COVID lockdown

Vodafone España saw the number of TV minutes viewed per day jump from 213 in February to 380 in April as Spain went into lockdown, with the jump in viewing time continuing even into June, when the operator recorded an average of 267 minutes’ viewing time. Vodafone found that use of TV tripled for the […]

Mediapro makes first payment for top-tier French football

Mediapro has made its first tranche of payment of top-tier French football rights, paying €172 million including tax for its 80% share of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 rights to the LFP, the French professional football league. Overall, the LFP has received €256.5 million from broadcasters. Mediapro’s share excluding tax amounts to €143 million, while […]

KDDI taps VisualOn for 5G mobile video

Japanese service provider KDDI has chosen streaming software provider VisualOn’s media player to power video playback offer on its au Smart Pass service. Subscribers can now experience video including multiple synchronized streams on the Smart Pass app, which the operator, which has around 40 million users, is using to market 5G connectivity. KDDI’s basic au […]

StarTimes picks up French La Liga rights in sub-Saharan Africa

Spanish football league La Liga has sold a package of broadcast rights to digital TV operator StarTimes in sub-Saharan Africa through to 2024. The deal will see the TV and OTT operator carry the French language broadcasts of the league in 47 territories. The operator will air live matches on its linear StarTimes Sport channels […]

US piracy a US$1 billion industry

Content piracy in the US is now a billion dollar industry, claims a new report. According to a new study from Digital Citizens Alliance and NAGRA, illegal piracy subscription services in the country which steal content from broadcasters and OTT platforms is now worth over US$1 billion. More alarming is the fact that this US$1 […]

Mediaset edges towards Vivendi talks as merger hits roadblock

Mediaset has abandoned its existing plan to merge its Italian and Spanish arms under a Dutch-registered holding company – MediaForEurope – after suffering a legal defeat in its battle with Vivendi in Spain, but has said it is willing to engage with the French media company – albeit while rejecting the latter’s initial approach in […]

Comcast drops plan for NBC Sky World News service

Comcast has reportedly shelved plans for the international news channel it hoped to rollout this year to rival CNN, blaming the COVID-19 crisis for forcing it to scupper the project. Concrete details of the plan for a channel to be branded As NBC Sky World News – the first co-branded operation between Comcast’s US network […]

TV ‘hugely impactful’ on subscriber take-up, says Liberty Global’s Fries

TV remains a crucial part of the multi-play bundle and a profitable one for Liberty Global, according to CEO Mike Fries, while the falling cost of in-home equipment means that gross margins from the video business remain high. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its Q2 earnings, Fries said that “the vast majority of […]

Movistar+ launches on Apple TV

Telefónica has made its pay TV service Movistar+ available on Apple TV – the latest move by TV operators to expand their footprint beyond the confines of the operator-controlled set-top box. The operator said that the move represented another step in the expansion of the ecosystem of devices through which its TV platform is available […]

Liberty Global returns to customer growth, O2 JV ‘on track’

Liberty Global has been able to confirm its full-year financial guidance after turning in solid Q2 results that saw revenue fall as a result of the impact of COVID-19, adjusted EBITDA remain flat, and subscriber numbers rise thanks to a rebound in the UK. Revenue dropped by 4.5% to US$2.723 billion as a result of […]

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