Pay TV Operators

Virgin to move MVNO from BT to Vodafone, ending 20 year partnership

Liberty Global’s Virgin Media has announced that it is moving from BT to Vodafone. The MVNO move will take place in late 2021 in a five-year deal. Virgin said that this will enable the launch of new services like 5G, with Vodafone heavily investing in the new technology. Virgin Media, one of the early MVNO […]

Deutsche Telekom sees modest growth in pay TV while fibre proves a hit

Deutsche Telekom has reported an increase of 67,000 Magenta TV customers to tip it over 3.5 million pay TV subscribers in Germany. Elsewhere in Europe, TV subscriber numbers increased by 9,000 net adds. This is a far smaller growth than the 35,000 TV net adds for Q3 2018, though it does take into account the […]

Denmark’s YouSee to drop Discovery channels as pair fail to agree deal

Danish telco and cable operator TDC/YouSee has said it will drop Discovery’s channels from its content line-up from the end of the year after failing to strike a new carriage deal with the factual giant. Carriage disputes between distributors and Discovery have become increasingly common as the programming giant seeks to use its strong position […]

DAZN and Mediaset partner for Copa del Rey bid

Mediaset has reportedly partnered up with OTT sports disruptor DAZN to bid for domestic rights to Spain’s Copa del Rey football competition. According to local paper El Espanol, the organisations submitted a joint bid to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) during the third round of bidding in the tendering process for the 2019/20, 2020/21 […]

Pay TV penetration continues to drop in the US

The penetration of pay TV in the US has dropped down to 75%. According to new research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG), this is a drop down from 84% in 2014 and 87% in 2009.  Mean spend in the country among subscribers is US$109.60 which despite the negative growth, is actually an increase of about […]

Canal+ reportedly in talks to become exclusive distributor of Disney+ in France

French pay TV operator Canal+ is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Disney to become the exclusive distributor in France of the new Disney+ streaming service. According to digital news service La Lettre A, Disney+ will not be available in France until spring next year at the earliest the news site reports that the terms under […]

Telefónica sees shift in TV base

Spanish telco Telefónica saw an ongoing shift in its TV base towards higher value customers in the quarter to September, while its Latin American base was boosted by OTT TV offering Movistar Play. Telefónica now has 9.8 million video customers globally. The telco increased its IPTV base by 13% year-on-year but satellite losses meant that […]

Vodafone Deutschland slashes price of Gigabit broadband for Unitymedia customers

Vodafone Deutschland has lowered the price of its Gigabit broadband offering in the former Unitymedia networks where the service is available by over half, aligning Unitymedia prices with the rest of Germany. Subscribers who live in one of the six Unitymedia ‘Gigabit cities’ that can receive Gigabit broadband over cable – Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bochum, Frankfurt, […]

Sky creates 1,000 new jobs ahead of busy Q4

Sky has announced the creation of 1,000 new jobs in the UK, including the creation of a new customer contact centre in Leeds. This announcement will see the company’s total employee base in the UK and Ireland reach 25,000. Half of the new hires will be engineers employed to install Sky Q into “thousands of […]