Pay TV Operators


Spanish pay TV grows, boosted by IPTV and bundling

The Spanish TV industry closed 2018 with 6.8 million subscribers, including 6.2 million that took a pay TV service as part of a bundled offering with one of more of broadband, fixed phone and mobile fixed and broadband services, according to Spanish regulator the CNMC. According to the markets watchdog, pay TV in Spain generated […]

BBC Studios strikes deal for content on Cosmote TV

BBC Studios has struck a deal with Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telco OTE’s pay TV platform Cosmote TV today that will see it license over 250 hours of premium factual titles from BBC Studios for the Greek service’s on demand offering. The deal is designed to complement the schedule for the BBC Earth linear channel which […]

Telenet CIO Lloyd to leave company

Samantha Lloyd, chief information officer of Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet is to leave the company at the end of July. Lloyd will take on the role of chief data and information officer at a FTSE100 company based in the UK. Telenet said it will not refill the position. Under Lloyd’s leadership, Telenet created a […]

Tele Columbus looking at ‘new structure’ and external investor for network

German cable operator Tele Columbus has said it is mulling the possibility of bringing an external investor into a new structure that could see its network assets spun off. Responding to “recent media speculation”, the operator said that it is “in the very early stages of evaluating options to take advantage of value creating fibre […]

Vodafone Spain launching dedicated kids app

Vodafone España has teamed up with OnMobile to launch a dedicated kids app, Kids Planet, with over 3,000 episodes of content aimed at children aged three to 12. Content channels on the app include Sanrio, Planeta Junior, Highlights for Children, Lingo Kids and Motion Pictures. The app will give Vodafone customers access via a range […]

Bolloré replaces Bolloré on Vivendi board

Vivendi’s annual shareholders’ meeting has appointed Cyrille Bolloré as a member of its supervisory board for a four-year term and has renewed the appointment of Dominique Delport for the same period. Cyrille Bolloré replaces his father Vincent, who has now stepped down. Bolloré senior had already stepped down as company chairman last year, to be […]

Nordic operators add new sports service to TV offerings

Telia and Telenor have added new linear TV sports channel Strive Sport TV to their programming line-ups. The channel was launched in March by Scandinavian sports streaming service Strive Sport, offering up to 10 football matches a week from Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and North America’s Major League Soccer, including matches from LA […]

SPI International’s Timeless Drama debuts in Albania

SPI International/FilmBox’s Turkish drama offering, Timeless Drama Channel, has launched in Albania on pay TV outfit Digit-Alb’s platform. The lauch means that a range of Turkish drama shows will be available to Digit-Alb subscribers. SPI International announced the launch of Timeless Drama Channel last week, with a rollout on platforms including those of RTL Albania, […]

Flix Snip expands Russian reach with MegaFon deal

Short-form mobile-focused content app Flix Snip has expanded its reach in the Russian market by striking a deal with mobile telco MegaFon. Flix Snip will be available to MegaFon’s OTT, mobile and SVOD subscribers in Russia The service offers  short format entertainment content of 20 minutes or less, in all genres, including drama, animation, children’s, family, comedy, […]

Canal+ revenues slide despite international growth

Canal+ Group saw its revenues slide from €1.298 billion to €1.252 billion year-on-year in the first quarter, driven down by the continued loss of subscribers to its domestic French pay TV operation. Owner Vivendi said that Canal+ overall grew its subscriber base by 700,000 during the last 12 months, thanks to its success in attracting […]

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