Pay TV Operators

ViacomCBS and the ‘channelising’ of streaming platforms

With an on-again, off-again saga longer than many sit-coms, CBS and Viacom finally confirmed their reunification this week, creating the US’s biggest broadcaster with a global reach of over 4.3 billion cumulative TV subscribers. Despite the impressive array of linear channels that the combined company now has in its arsenal, what was perhaps most interesting […]

Sky Television buys ‘world’s largest’ rugby streamer

Sky Television, the New Zealand wing of the operator, has announced the NZ$62 million (€37 million) acquisition of RugbyPass. RugbyPass is the world’s largest platform for fans of the sport, offering a live streaming service across Asia, Australia and Europe, along with a wide array of original video content, news, analysis, stats and a world-first […]

Freenet ‘not satisfied’ with Sunrise/UPC Switzerland deal 

German operator, and Sunrise’s largest shareholder, Freenet will vote against the telco’s proposed takeover of UPC Switzerland. Freenet, which owns a 24.5% stake in Sunrise, issued a statement that said: “Freenet is not satisfied with Sunrise’s acquisition of UPC Switzerland for a purchase price of CHF6.3 billion (€5.8 billion) and decided to vote against the […]

TV subs up despite larger than expected losses for Cellcom

Cellcom has seen a significant year-over-year increase in TV subscribers. The mobile operator, Israel’s largest, saw an increase of 22.6% to its TV subscribers, up from 195,000 to 239,000 year-over-year. In Q2, that increase was around 12,000 subscribers. However, this boost will serve as little comfort to the company that saw net losses of NIS35 […]

Poland’s nc+ takes majority stake in leading film distributor

Polish pay TV operator nc+ has agreed to take a majority stake in film distributor Kino Świat. The move will see nc+ take a 70% stake in the film distributor, and as a result of the deal the nc+ platform will become a distributor of the Kino Świat catalogue of over 2,000 hours of cinema […]

Tricolor TV launches loyalty programme for registered users

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has launched a new loyalty programme providing non-TV benefits to users that register on its website. Registered Tricolor TV users will receive discounts and gifts from partner companies and access special promotions launched by the operator itself. Particpants can currently benefit from offers provided by brands including Yandex,, […]

Mediapro names Discovery exec as head of new French football channel

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro has named Discovery France chief Julien Bergeaud as director-general of its French operation to head up the launch of its dedicated football channel, which will air top-tier French football from the 2020-21 season. Mediapro said that the channel that it will launch in the summer of next year will offer […]

Tele2 sees TV numbers drop as DTT declines

Swedish telco Tele2, owner of the Com Hem cable network and former Boxer digital-terrestrial TV service, lost a net 7,000 TV customers in the quarter to June, with 2,000 cable and fibre network gains partially offsetting the loss of 7,000 DTT subscribers. Tele2 had 1.041 million TV customers at the end of June, down 3% […]

Free poised to drop Altice France channels

French service provider Free is poised to cease distributing Altice France’s channels as the carriage fee dispute between the pair rumbles on, according to a press report. According to Le Figaro, citing unnamed sources, Free is set to stop distributing the channels from Friday, following demand by Altice that telecom operators pay for the channels […]

Spanish operators confirm football for bars and clubs

Vodafone España and Orange España have confirmed that they are entering the market to offer La Liga football to bars and clubs in competition with Telefónica. Vodafone, which has declined to strike a deal with Telefónica to offer top-tier Spanish football to its residential customers, has nevertheless agreed a sublicensing deal with Mediapro, which holds […]

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