Pay TV Operators


Telia takes Coronavirus hit through exposure to free TV market

While the majority of telcos are weathering the Coronavirus storm well relative to other sectors, Nordic telco Telia’s recent acquisition of TV4-owner Bonnier Broadcasting and its consequent exposure to the advertising market and the cancellation of sports events has forced an admission that it will not make its financial guidance goals this year. Telia said […]

ViacomCBS counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The newly merged ViacomCBS has been forced to withdraw its previous 2020 financial guidance in light of the Coronavirus crisis. The company has been hit by production delays, the cancellation of theatrical releases, the downturn in advertising and the impact of the cancellation of sports events to which it held the rights. ViacomCBS said that […]

Tele Columbus/PŸUR posts solid results but TV numbers slide

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, has posted solid Q4 and full-year 2019 results, with revenues up 2.4% for the final quarter to €129.7 million and EBITDA up 21.1% to €56.8 million. The results meant that Tele Columbus has met all of its financial guidance metrics for the full year. […]

Tricolor agrees licensing deal with ViacomCBS

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor has agreed a major licensing deal with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, which gives the operator rights to broadcast over 120 films from Paramount Pictures’ library. Among the titles included in the deal are recent global releases A Quiet Place, Rocketman, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Gemini Man, Wonder […]

Nordic Entertainment’s Viaplay to launch in Iceland

Nordic free and pay TV outfit Nordic Entertainment (NENT) is to launch its Viaplay streaming service in Iceland on April 1. Viaplay viewers in Iceland will be able to watch Viaplay Originals, films and series, and kids’ content, with live sports to be added in due course. The launch in Iceland means that Viaplay will […]

Altice expects to ‘remain resilient’ after exceeding 2019 expectations

Service provider Altice Europe expects its cash-flow to “remain resilient” in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic after it ended 2019 on a high with revenue for the full year growing by 11.2% to €4.042 billion, an improvement on the 6.9% growth recorded in 2018. The company said its performance exceeded guidance it had given. […]

Dutch ruling ‘unlikely’ to impact Belgian cable wholesale regulation

The rejection by a Dutch court of cable wholesale regulation is unlikely to be followed by Belgium, according to analysts at Jefferies, with the two countries’ respective regulators making different assumptions in implementing the rules governing access to cable networks. Analysing the likely performance of Belgian telcos Proximus and Orange Belgium in light of the […]

Mediaset buys up more of ProSiebenSat.1 fuelling merger speculation

Mediaset has effectively doubled its stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 since last year with a fresh acquisition of shares by its Spanish unit, fuelling speculation about its intentions and the possibility of a takeover bid. The Italian media company announced yesterday that Mediaset España, its Spanish unit with which it plans to merge under […]

Virgin Media adds BBC Sound to TV platform

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has become the first UK pay TV provider to add the BBC Sounds app to its TV platform. BBC Sounds replaced the BBC iPlayer radio app earlier this year. From yesterday, the BBC Sounds app, which allows users to listen to all of BBC’s live and on-demand radio, music and podcasts, […]

Short form streamer Flix Snip launches on Russian Beeline TV

Short form VOD service Flix Snip has announced a partnership with Russian operator Beeline to launch on its Beeline TV service.  Flix Snip is an App and Video On Demand service that features curated and award-winning short-form movies and series. It first officially launched in January 2019 and is available in Russia, Spain, Italy and […]

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