Pay TV Operators


Sky Italia MD and programming chief to leave

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Viaplay subs jump by a quarter as NENT Group targets new markets

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) saw its Viaplay streaming service’s subscriber base jump by 25% year-on-year in the quarter to March, taking its total to 3.147 million. Viaplay added 127,000 subs in the first quarter, helping it along the way to its goal of adding at least 650,000 paying subs this year. That expected growth […]

Tele2 sees TV base and revenues decline

Swedish service provider Tele2 saw its domestic TV revenues and subscriber base decline in the course of the first quarter despite progress in migrating customer to fixed-mobile convergence offerings. Swedish digital TV end-user service revenue declined by 8%, which the company attributed to lower digital-terrestrial subs and lower revenue from premium sports packages. The company […]

Berenberg: NENT stands apart as European SVOD ‘champion’ as other broadcasters look to AVOD

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) stands apart as a ‘traditional’ broadcaster that has successfully captured a large share of the digital market in an environment where the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a permanent shift to digital video consumption, according to an analysis by Berenberg. Assessing the overall video distribution market, Berenberg believes that “the shift away […]

Proximus picks Velocix to scale-out Pickx OTT service

Belgian telco Proximus has announced a partnership with video streaming and advertising technology provider Velocix. The deal has seen the operator scale-out its Pickx multi-screen video service using Velocix’s CDN technology. Proximus said that it will more than double its HTTP streaming capacity using Velocix’s carrier-grade CDN software. The Velocix CDN is designed to provide […]

Disney+ launches on Orange France bundled with family package

Orange has launched the Disney+ app on its set-top boxes. The streamer launched in France last year, but Orange customers have been restricted to watching a linear feed of content on a single channel.  Complementing the launch, eligible Orange subscribers are being offered a discounted package of Disney+ and the Pack Famille package of channels. […]

Italian court rejects Mediaset damages claim

Vivendi has achieved a partial victory on one front of its ongoing legal battle with Mediaset, with a Milan court ruling that its acquisition of a large stake in the Italian media group was not illegitimate and did not constitute unfair competition. Mediaset has claimed that Vivendi took advantage of a fall in its share […]

Kublai completes Tele Columbus takeover

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners’ investment vehicle Kublai GmbH has completed its takeover of German cable operator Tele Columbus following the EC granting regulatory approval a week ago. With major shareholder United Internet contributing its stake, Kublai now holds a 91.96% stake in Tele Columbus. Kublai has said it will appoint new members of the company’s […]

Allente brings Canal Digital and Viasat Consumer together

Allente, the combined Nordic pay TV service from that brings together the former Canal Digital offering from Telenor and Nordic Entertainment’s Viasat Consumer, has officially launched. The launch means that the Canal Digital and Viasat Consumer brands will be phased out. Existing customers of thelegacy services will retain their existing content line-ups as they are […]

Stoneroos upgrades UI for Delta and Caiway

Multiplatform OTT TV solutions and EPGdata firm Stoneroos has announced the launch of a new set-top box user experience for Dutch operator DELTA Fiber Netherlands. The UX overhaul will come to customers of the DELTA and Caiway brands, and promises a significantly improved experience. While Stoneroos says that the UI improvements are “mainly under the […]

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