Pay TV Operators


Tele Columbus strikes new deal with M7

German service provider Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, has extended and expanded its long-term partnership with Canal+-owned M7 Group. The new agreement enables PŸUR to continue to supply its cable customers with the range of M7 Deutschland channels. The operator said that the range of pay TV channels and foreign language packages […]

Sky Nature launches in Italy and Germany

European pay-TV giant Sky and Smithsonian Networks-owned nature streaming brand Love Nature have expanded their five-year content deal in support of Sky Nature, to bring the channel to Italy and Germany. Launching in the UK last year, Sky Nature became the official, exclusive home of Love Nature series and documentary content in the country. The […]

Virgin Media to offer Plume’s HomePass across UK

Virgin Media is working with smart home partner Plume to make the latter’s HomePass smart home service available to all UK households including those not covered by the Virgin Media network. According to Plume, HomePass works with all internet service providers. The service uses cloud-controlled adaptive WiFi pods to create a self-optimising WiFi network throughout […]

Eltrona turns to Ocilion for launch of new TV+ offering

Luxembourg service provider Eltrona, whose network covers 85% of households in the country, has launched TV+, a new interactive TV service in partnership with Ocilion. The service offers catch-up TV, an integrated video library, fast zapping and recordings among other functions. The Eltrona TV+ app provides access to content on a tablet or smartphone. The […]

Sky Deutschland ramps up original content drive

Sky Deutschland has unveiled a significant expansion of its original content drive following the recent launch of the new channels Sky Crime, Sky Comedy, Sky Nature and Sky Documentaries.  In addition to the Sky Originals Die Ibiza Affaire and Die Wespe, both of which will air this year, Sky broadcast is bringing Der Pass, season […]

Sky to deliver OTT services from single global sales and service platform

Sky Deutschland has revamped the look and feel of its flexible streaming offering Sky Ticket had of Sky Group moving all its streaming services across Europe to a single sales and service platform. Sky’s German operation has introduced a new-look Sky Ticket with a teal-green colour palette as part of a move to give a […]

CSA launches consultation on interactive DTT as cable channels protest new obligations

French media regulator the CSA has launched a new public consultation on the development of interactive services in the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform. The consultation will cover services that can be delivered to TVs via an internet connection, allows users to access functionality that can be considered complementary to linear DTT channels, such as video-on-demand. […]

Canal+ owner Vivendi moves to take full control of Lagardère

Canal+ owner Vivendi plans to take full control of publishing and travel retail giant Lagardère as it re-centres its activities on media. The group intends to acquire activist investor Amber Capital’s 17.93% stake in the group at the latter’s invitation – in line with a previous agreement between the pair. Vivendi will pay €24.10 a […]

Liberty Latin America expands Panama business with Claro Panamá acquisition

Liberty Latin America has announced that its subsidiary business Cable & Wireless Panamá has agreed to purchase América Móvil’s Panama operations. The deal values the Claro Panamá unit at an enterprise value of US$200 million on a cash- and debt-free basis. Claro Panamá ended 2020 with US$157 million of revenue, while the company ended its […]

FTTH to reach more than 300 million European homes by 2026

Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is being deployed at a ‘rapid pace’ in Europe, according to a new report. New forecasts from the FTTH Council Europe predict that 302 million homes will be connected with fibre tech by 2026 across 39 countries. Of that, 197 million will be from the 27 EU countries and the UK.  This represents […]

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