Pay TV Operators

Canal+ not to take part in Ligue 1 rights auction

French pay TV operator Canal+ has decided not to participate in bids for the next round of Ligue 1 French football rights in what some observers see as a major blow for the French football league, the LFP. In a letter obtained by French sports paper L’Équipe, Canal+ president Maxime Saada told the LFP that […]

Moonbug Channel launches in Maldives and Mongolia

Candle Media-owned kids media outfit Moonbug is to launch its Moonbug Channel in The Maldives and Mongolia. The channel, which is partnering with MediaNet in the Maldives and Univision in Mongolia, features content from across the Moonbug portfolio of properties and is scheduled to launch across the different territories throughout September. Moonbug said the latest […]

KKR asks TIM to extend deadline for NetCo bid

The US-based private equity investor KKR has requested Telecom Italia (TIM) to extend the September 30 deadline to submit a binding offer for the sale of the company’s fixed-line network assets. The teclo revealed the investment company asked to extend the deadline period to 15 October to conclude the reparatory activities before it submits the […]

Cameroon regulator demands suspension of Canal+ Elles

Cameroon’s media regulator, the Conseil National de la Communication (CNC) has demanded the suspension of Canal+-owned thematic channel Canal+ Elles for airing content that it says promotes homosexuality. The watchdog issued a statement condemning Canal+ Elles for acting as a vehicle for what it described as “obscene practices”. It said it had already issued a […]

United Media names George Makris programming director

Southeast European media company, United Media, has named George Makris as programming director. Makris has over two decades of experience in the media industry, with expertise in business development, program strategy, research, and marketing. He previously held the roles of program director of Croatian television NOVA, chief of TV at Ukraine’s 1+1 and director of […]

Canal+ renews Premier League rights to 2028

French pay TV group Canal+ has renewed its broadcasting rights to the Premier League until 2028 across five markets including France and Switzerland. Per the new deal, the media giant will broadcast 380 football matches per season for the next five years. Canal+’s coverage of the English championship will be shown exclusively in France as […]

Zegona confirms in talks to buy Vodafone Spain

UK-based investor Zegona Communications, the former part-owner of Spanish cable operator Euskaltel, has confirmed it is in talks to buy Vodafone España. Zegona confirmed to the London Stock Exchange that it is in discussion with Vodafone about acquiring the Spanish operation, and with banks in relation to its filing. The confirmation followed reports about the […]

Tele Columbus upgrades Munich homes to 1Gbps

Cable internet bandwidths of up to 1Gbps are now available to 270,000 homes in Germany’s second city, Munich, served by cable operator Tele Columbus. Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, said the technical upgrade to enable the increased speeds had been completed. Tele Columbus said that Munich had he second largest city network […]

Comcast names ex-GM exec as treasurer

Cable and media giant Comcast has named Rocky Gupta as EVP and treasurer of the company. He joins Comcast from General Motors where he recently led its treasury and finance organizations. As Comcast’s treasurer, Gupta will oversee the company’s relationships with financial institutions across its Connectivity & Platforms and Content & Experiences businesses and manage […]

Sky’s Strong ‘optimistic’ on HBO deal, pushes back on German sale rumours

Sky CEO Dana Strong has said she is “optimistic” of extending the HBO overall deal with Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), which provides the pay TV operator with much of its most watched programming. The current deal – providing shows such as White Lotus and Succession to Sky – was struck in 2019 with Warner Media, which merged with Discovery […]