Pay TV Operators

Jefferies: Sky more likely to team up with BT Openreach than Virgin Media for fibre

Sky is more likely to partner with BT Openreach to extend its fibre broadband reach in the UK than to sign a much-speculated on wholesale deal with Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, according to analysts from Jefferies. Jefferies gave BT a ‘buy’ rating but predicted a cut in its dividend per share from next year to […]

Telefónica ‘working actively’ on Latin American consolidation plans

Telefónica is “working actively” on plans that could see consolidation and a change in the ownership structure of its struggling Latin American business. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its year-end numbers last week, chief financial and control officer Laura Abasolo said that the telco was “analysing all inorganic alternatives” in the region and […]

MultiChoice names Kenya managing director

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice has named Nancy Matimu as its managing director for Kenya. The operator said that her appointment was expected to further strengthen the businessin the East African country, where MultiChoice provides the DStv satellite and lower-cost GOtv brands. Prior to joining MultiChoice Kenya, Matimu was vice-president, head of market development, […]

NBCU reportedly in talks to buy Walmart’s VUDU

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is reportedly in talks to acquire Walmart’s Vudu TVOD service. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the SNL broadcaster is in “advanced talks” to buy the streamer, though a source said that these discussions “may not result in a deal.” The Journal adds that NBCU would view Vudu “as a […]

Cellcom Israel chairman Erel resigns

Ami Erel, the chairman of Cellcom Israel, has resigned.  In a succinct statement, the telco confirmed that the chairman will step down from his post effective March 1, 2020. The chairman departs after 15 years in the post. In a letter to management and employees, Erel said: “Together with TZI and an electrical company, we […]

Is BT’s flexible offer the answer to pay TV’s ills?

“As long as the pay TV incumbents continue to innovate, their services will remain sufficiently compelling to ensure their long-term success,” wrote Adam Thomas, lead analyst of global TV markets at Omdia in a Guardian piece from 2013.  While written almost seven years ago, this is the mentality that BT was banking on when it […]

Sky launches new packages with BT Sport

Sky has launched two new sports packages that combine Sky Sports and BT Sport channels for the first time. Subscribers can now sign up for a combined Sky Sports and BT Sport for £35 (€42) for existing customers on an 18-month contract, while for £47 they can combine the two sports offerings with Sky Entertainment, […]

Proximus TV growth fails to offset prepaid mobile and fixed voice losses

Growth in Belgian service provider Proximus’s TV and broadband subscribers and revenues failed to compensate for a decline in its prepaid mobile and fixed voice base and declining inbound mobile revenues last year, leading the company to post a drop in domestic revenues of 1.7%. Proximus grew its TV base by 22,000 last year to […]

NOS sees improved growth in TV numbers

Portuguese service provider NOS saw its pay TV base increase by 7,300 in Q4, with growth in fixed-access pay TV customers of 8,700 offsetting a decline in DTH of 1,400. The rate of decline in the DTH base was itself an improvement. NOS said that it saw “tenuous signs of improvement” in its premium TV […]

ITV and BT Sport to simulcast Queensberry boxing

BT Sport and ITV have signed a rights sharing deal for Boxing bouts featuring fighters signed to Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.  A release from the promoter said that its boxers will see “unrivalled coverage in Britain thanks to the ground-breaking initiative.” Pay TV BT Sport and free-to-air ITV will share fight content, starting with the […]

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