Pay TV Operators


Piracy to exceed US$67 billion by 2023

The value of pirate video services accessed by pay TV and non-pay TV consumers has been projected to exceed US$67 billion by 2023.  According to a new study from Parks Associates, if 10% of pay TV subscribers discontinued paying for the service in favour of piracy it could cost operators US$6 billion. The report also […]

Tyson Fury turns down £10 million Sky Box Office bid for Wilder rematch

BT Sport has seen off the challenge of Sky Sports in order to win the rights to the upcoming boxing rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. According to the Daily Mail, the Comcast-owned Sky tabled a bid of £10 million in an attempt to secure exclusive rights to the fight in the UK for […]

Free introduces YouTube Kids to Freebox

French operator Free has announced the integration of YouTube Kids into its Freebox set top boxes.  The operator said that this marks the first time in France that the children’s app has been integrated directly into a set top box and that the partnership is a part of its “desire to always offer more content […]

The Q India comes to Airtel Xstream

Youth broadcaster QYou Media has signed a deal with Bharti Airtel to bring The Q India to its Airtel Xstream service.  Airtel Xstream is a converged digital entertainment experience that offers a catalogue of live TV channels, movies, TV shows, and more across 14 languages. The company said that the service is part of its […]

Vivendi and Mediaset trade accusations in wake of controversial EGM

Vivendi has accused Mediaset of an “unlawful refusal” to allow a key shareholder to vote in a crucial EGM on Friday and has said the Mediaset board has placed the company in “a situation of serious legal uncertainty” after ignoring an opinion on the case from the EU Court of Justice’s advocate general. The shareholders […]

UPC Poland launches commercial premises pack, adds to Horizon Go line-up

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland has launched a new offering aimed at pubs and restaurants that includes a range of sports, music, kids and other content from PLN50 (€11.80). The Biznes TV package offers 30 channels including sports services Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD and SportKlub HD, music services 4Fun.TV, MTV Polska HD, […]

Deutsche Telekom names new brand chief

Deutsche Telekom has named Ulrich Klenke as chief brand officer, succeeding Hans-Christian Schwingen, who is leaving the company. Klenke, who, like Schwingen will report to Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges, is a former CEO of advertising agency Ogilvy and more recently worked as a consultant for Volkswagen. He previously worked for Daimler, Chrysler, Jeep and […]

Adult channel Vivid Red HD to launch on Nova in Greece

Greek digital satellite pay TV operator Nova has signed a distribution deal with adult entertainment company Gamma Broadcast Group. The deal will see Gamma’s Vivid Red HD adult channel made available to Nova’s pay TV subscribers. Nova is one of Greece’s largest home entertainment and communication services bundlers. Its products range from the Nova Energy […]

Mediaset bars Simon Fiduciaria from EGM after court rules against Vivendi

Mediaset has barred Simon Fiduciaria, holder of a 19.19% stake in the company, from attending a crucial EGM today after the Lazio regional administrative court (TAR) rejected an appeal by Vivendi to overturn Italian regulator AGCOM’s ruling preventing it from exercising voting rights held in trust through the outfit. Mediaset said that its board and […]

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