Pay TV Operators


NBCU’s Peacock will be mostly ad-supported, confirms Comcast CEO Roberts

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has laid out the company’s plans for its new streamer, Peacock, saying that the company is looking for the “fastest way to get to profitability with the least amount of investment” with an ad-supported model being the way forward.  The CEO was speaking at a Q&A during Goldman Sachs’ annual Communacopia […]

DAZN signs major distribution agreement with Comcast

Sports streamer DAZN has announced availability on Comcast’s Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1 platforms. This deal marks DAZN’s first distribution agreement with a major US video and internet provider. The OTT platform will be available on Xfinity X1 this Autumn, while it is available now on Xfinity Flex.  Daniel Spinosa, vice president of entertainment services […]

Liberty Global positioning itself for fixed-mobile future, says Fries

Liberty Global’s sale of its German and central European assets and planned sale of its Swiss unit “all make sense” in a market that is moving towards fixed-mobile convergence, but the company nevertheless sees “a lot of runway” to build value from its remaining assets, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Goldman Sachs Communacopia […]

EU cross-border crime unit claims major anti-piracy success

EU cross-border organised crime coordination unit Eurojust has claimed a major success in taking down an international pay TV piracy network with operations in multiple countries. According to Eurojust, the take-down of the criminal group responsible for content theft amounting to €6.5 million followed a series of investigations conducted by prosecutors from Naples and Rome, […]

TV4 and C More content chief slams Swedish inaction on production incentives

Bonnier Broadcasting, owner of Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 and pay TV outfit C More, has slammed what it sees as the Swedish government’s failure to support local production. TV4 and C More content director Åsa Sjöberg criticised the failure of the government to provide any financial incentives for local production, making it one of the […]

YouSee strikes new streaming partnerships with TV2, C More

Danish telco TDC’s YouSee operation has struck a new partnership with commercial broadcaster TV2 that will see streaming service TV2 Play and the broadcaster’s new venture TV2 Sport X added to YouSee’s Bland Self combined TV and streaming offering from the start of next year. YouSee director Jacob Mortensen said: “Today we are strengthening our […]

Swiss deal ‘makes tons of sense’, says Liberty Global chief

Liberty Global’s agreement with Sunrise to divest its UPC Switzerland unit “makes tons of sense” and it is up to the Swiss telco to “manage its shareholder base” and see the deal through, according to Liberty president and CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York, Fries said that Liberty […]

Football bodies identify Arabsat as source of BeoutQ broadcasts

Football bodies FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s LFP and England’s Premier League have explicitly accused Arabsat of transmitting pirate operation BeoutQ’s services. Following a report commissioned by the sporting groups from MarkMonitor, they said that beoutQ’s pirate broadcasts have been transmitted using satellite infrastructure owned and operated […]

TDC’s YouSee strikes new deal with Nordisk Film

Danish telco TDC’s YouSee arm has struck a new agreement with Nordisk Film bringing Danish movies including forthcoming Marco-effektenavailable to YouSee TV and streaming customers. In addition to Danish movies, the deal, which will come into effect next year, also gives YouSee customers wider access to international features films includes Bios, Knives Out, Chaos Walkingand […]

Sky expands content and tech partnership with Channel 4

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky and broadcaster Channel 4 have extended their strategic partnership with a new deal covering content and advertising technology. The arrangement, which expands on a similar agreement struck last year, includes a multi-year carriage deal renewal that offers Sky customers access to exclusive programming from Channel 4’s VOD service All 4, […]

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