Pay TV Operators


Vodafone handed €12.25 million GDPR fine in Italy over aggressive telemarketing

Vodafone’s Italian business is facing a fine of over €12.25 million over aggressive telemarketing practices. Falling under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the fine is the third-largest to be given by the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante) in 2020, and the first violation by Vodafone in the country. The Garante investigation came after it […]

MultiChoice partners with Metrological for premium OTT services delivery

Sub-Saharan African video entertainment company MultiChoice Group (MCG) has announced a partnership with Comcast-owned vendor Metrological. The deal will see Metrological be charged with bringing MCG’s premium OTT services, international apps and localised content to subscribers  across Africa on its new Explora Ultra set-top box and its new Streama OTT platform. MCG will leverage the […]

Liberty Global’s Fries looking to Belgian merger, fixed-mobile convergence

Liberty Global is hoping part-owned Belgian operator Telenet will take advantage of the renewed sale of Wallonia-region cable operator Voo to create a national-scale player in the country, according to CEO Mike Fries.  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom conference online last week,  Fries said that the acquisition of Voo by […]

Salto close to Bouygues Telecom deal

French Netflix rival Salto is on the verge of striking its first ISP distribution deal with Bouygues Telecom, according to financial daily Les Echos. The paper cited an unnamed source who said that securing carriage with ISPs, via whose boxes the majority of French consumers watch TV, was vital for Salto, which would struggle to […]

Thema launches +D’Afrique VOD offering on Orange

Thema, the Canal+ Group-owned specialist in the edition and distribution of multicultural pay TV offerings, has launched its SVOD package +D’Afrique on French TV operator Orange’s Le Bouquet Africain Max service. +D’Afrique, which was initially launched in April 2019 on the Freebox service provided by rival ISP Free, and then successively on SFR and Bouygyes […]

SVOD aggregators are too big to ignore for players looking for global scale

Roku shares leapt to an all-time high this week after industry juggernaut John Malone threw his weight behind it, and other tech players, as the future of streaming and content aggregation. Malone had every right to be bullish on all three of Amazon, Roku and Apple, with the trio (potentially along with Google as it […]

EC passes Virgin Media-O2 merger back to UK regulator

The European Commission has acceded to a request by the UK competition regulator, the CMA, to review the planned merger between Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The CMA lodged its request soon after the EU started its investigation into the merger in October. The decision means that the CMA will now begin a […]

Spain’s Virgin telco running ‘well ahead’ of target

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel Group’s recently launched Virgin telco brand, which it uses to market services in Spain outside its home turf of the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia, has now signed up over 58,000 customers after six months of operation. The total subscriber base includes 43,000 fixed and 15,000 mobile customers, with the […]

Mediaset denies reports of letter from Vivendi, but it is open to talks of alliance

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has denied reports that it received a letter from France’s Vivendi calling for a truce between the pair. The companies have been sparring over Mediaset’s long-held plans to create a pan-European media group – dubbed MediaForEurope (MFE) – with Vivendi opposing the move as a power grab. Vivendi, which owns 29% of […]

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