Pay TV Operators


StarHub cuts 300 jobs in transformation drive

Singaporean telco StarHub has unveiled plans for a “strategic transformation” that will result in the loss of around 300 jobs. Justifying the cuts, CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos said: “The intense competitive ferocity across the market, new entrants, lower voice revenues, thinning margins for fixed broadband services, high content costs for pay TV operations and high market […]

M7 Group names de Nooijer as European OTT director

M7 Group, one of Europe’s leading pay TV providers, has appointed Mertijn de Nooijer as OTT director for Europe. De Nooijer joins from Discovery and will report to Stefano Colombo, vice-president of content at M7. The appointment of de Nooijer reinforces M7’s ambition to further strengthen its hybrid TV proposition, combining the benefits of linear […]

Polish regulator takes Multimedia Polska-Vectra probe to second stage

Polish competition watchdog UOKiK has reservations about the acquisition of cable operator Multimedia Polska by rival player Vectra on the grounds that the combination of the pair could adversely affect competition in the market. In a note on the merger, UOKiK said that the pair’s activities coincided in 39 cities across the country in the […]

Telefonica reportedly mulling Central American sale

Telefonica is mulling a potential sale of its operations in Mexico and Central America, according to press reports. According to Spanish news title El Economista, the telco is planning the complete or partial divestiture of its subsidiaries in Mexico and other Central American countries to achieve a significant reduction in its debt. According to the […]

Mediaset secures Formula E rights

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has secured exclusive rights to Formula E motor-racing for the next five years. The deal means that Mediaset, which already holds the rights to the electric car motorsport, will continue to broadcast Formula E exclusively. The agreement between Mediaset and Formula E Holdings means that the ABB F1A Formula E championship of […]

DNA adds Nordisk Film titles to Vuokraamo rental store

Finnish telco and broadcaster DNA has added the catalogue of Nordisk Film to its DNA TV Vuokraamo movie rental store. Nordisk Film titles are now available to DNA Vuokraamo users in HD quality. Titles available include premieres on Nordisk Film include Varasto 2, Suomen hauskin mies, Beirut: City of Spiesand Escape Plan 2. New premiere movies can […]

Fox ‘considering options’ as Comcast deals knockout blow for Sky

Sky’s stock has jumped in value after the pay TV operator’s independent board recommended shareholders accept its superior offer in the sealed bidding process carried out at the end of last week, with Fox “considering its options” over its 39% stake in the company. “As the price of the final Comcast Offer is materially superior, […]

Funbox UHD strikes partnership with Rai for Italian opera

SPI International’s Funbox UHD channel has struck a strategic partnership with Italian public broadcaster Rai that will see it air the best of Italian operas in full UHD. SPI’s channel will offer Carmen from the Rome Opera House in Full UHD after acquiring the worldwide TV and VOD rights from Rai. In addition to linear […]

Liberty Global: at the crossroads 

Liberty Global has been a lynchpin of the European cable industry for the best part of two decades now, expanding across the continent via a series of deals while withdrawing from markets where it lacked the scale to compete.   The company’s recent deal with Vodafone that will see it pull out of Germany and central […]

TV2 launches TV Play on Stofa and Boxer 

Danish commercial broadcaster TV2 has entered into a strategic partnership with cable operator Stofa and its digital-terrestrial pay TV subsidiary Boxer to extend access to TV2 Play, the broadcaster’s on-demand service, to 150,000 homes.  Over the next few months, some 150,000 Boxer and Stofa households, representing an audience of about 300,000 people, will be able […]

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