Pay TV Operators


Tele Columbus off to ‘solid start’ but TV numbers decline

The coronavirus crisis had “no impact” on German cable operator Tele Columbus’s first quarter results, according to the company, which has maintained its guidance for the year after what it described as a “solid start”. The operator’s core revenues of €115 million were flat year-on-year, but EBITDA jumped by 17% to €55.5 million due to […]

Euskaltel outlines Virgin telco ambition to be national Spanish player

Spanish regional operator Euskaltel has taken the first steps towards its national launch, which will see the operator provide services to the 85% of the country in which it does not yet operate under the Virgin telco brand. The operator plans to use the Virgin brand to target some 18.4 million homes across the country […]

Altice Europe turns in solid Q1 performance

Altice Europe has turned in what founder Patrick Drahi was able to describe as “a solid performance…against this challenging backdrop” in the quarter to March. The company saw its revenues grow by 3.6% or 3.1% on a constant currency basis to €3.5 billion. EBITDA was up by 1% to €1.3 billion. Revenue was up in […]

Thema brokers two deals for Russia

Wildlife channel Love Nature 4K has launched on Russian service provider Rostelelecom’s Wink service. The agreement which will provide a raft of Ultra HD natural history shows via the Love Nature linear channel, was brokered by Thema Rus and overseen by Chiara Mckee, VP, EMEA global networks, Blue Ant Media. The launch on Rostelecom expands […]

Tricolor and Sony Pictures Television extend partnership

Russian service provider Tricolor and Sony Pictures Television have extended their relationship for a further two years in a deal that gives Tricolor rights to broadcast over 120 films, including titles in the Ultra HD format. The audience of Tricolor’s UHD Cinema TV channel now have access to movies including Venom, Zombieland: Double Tap, Bad […]

Altice’s NextRadioTV axes sports news channel, downsizing pay TV operation

Altice Europe’s French media arm NextRadioTV is to axe its sports news channel and has announced plans for a major revamp of its media activities that will involve significant cuts and job losses. The group will shut down RMC Sport News and will wind down its involvement in sports including athletics, equestrian sports and tennis. […]

Canal+ Poland launches standalone streaming service

Canal+ Poland has launched a new streaming offering available to non-pay TV subscribers, with a line-up of linear channels and on-demand content and without the need for an ongoing contract. Canal+ said the new offering would include content from selected live channels, movies, series, sports, news, factual programming and third-party content. It will be available […]

Foxtel to launch ‘home of HBO’ streaming offering next Monday

Australian pay TV group Foxtel has confirmed it is to launch its new streaming service on May 25 following its signing of a new multi-year contract with WarnerMedia that will see it become the exclusive Australian home of HBO. The streamer, which will offer over 10,000 hours of local and international drama and movies, according […]

Nordic Entertainment takes Viaplay to Baltics

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) is rolling out its Viaplay streamer into the Baltics and is planning to stock the service with local commissions from the region. The SVOD will be launched in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the first quarter of 2021, offering viewers originals, films and series, kids’ content and live sports. The […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom’s list as UK’s most complained about pay TV operator

Virgin Media has claimed the unfortunate title of being the most complained about pay TV operator in the UK, according to Ofcom. The media regulator has published its Q4 2019 consumer complaints data, and while consumers have had less truck with operators across the board the Liberty Global brand is still the pick of the […]

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