Pay TV Operators


Altice France launches SFR Box 8 for €5 a month

Altice France/SFR has launched its latest box, the SFR Box 8, commercially for €5 a month for all customers. SFR said its latest offering marked the first time that a French operator had allowed customers to choose their own equipment. Customers with access to the operator’s fibre network will have the option of upgrading to […]

Jefferies: Telefónica making ‘rational’ response to aggressive football promos

Analysts at investment bank Jefferies have given an upbeat assessment of Telefónica’s prospects and has suggested that concerns about aggressive football promotions having a detrimental impact are overstated. According to Jefferies, Telefónica’s response to intensifying competition has been rational, with less aggressive discounting in response to Orange and its low-cost brand Jazztel’s moves to acquire […]

Telia Denmark chief to quit

Telia Denmark CEO Morten Bentzen is to leave the company at the end of this month. Thomas Kjærsgaard, who heads Telia Denmark’s enterprise unit, will take on the role in the interim until a new CEO is in place. Bentzen joined Telia in 2004 and took on the position of CEO at Telia Denmark in […]

Altice USA pens deal with factual streamer CuriosityStream

John Hendricks’s factual streamer CuriosityStream is getting wider distribution in the US via broadband operator Altice USA. Under the deal, the platform will be made available to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers, and will also be added to the business’s on-demand platform and mobile apps. Overall, the deal will help CuriosityStream access around 4.9m […]

Vodafone Portugal and TVI in holographic 5G first

Vodafone Portugal and Portuguese public broadcaster TVI have teamed up to transmit a holographic broadcast over 5G, which Vodafone described as “an unprecedented milestone for our country”. A live broadcast of TVI’s Jornal das 8presented by José Alberto Carvalho was transmitted from TVI’s studio via the Vodafone 5G network to the Vodafone Paredes de Coura […]

Rai loses last appeal on Sky football decision

Italian public broadcaster Rai has lost a second appeal against an earlier court decision that allowed pay TV broadcaster Sky to rescind a deal that would have seen the broadcaster air free-to-view top tier international football in favour of commercial broadcaster Mediaset. The latest court ruling clears the way for Mediaset to air free-to-view matches, […]

Macquarie completes acquisition of KCOM

Private equity outfit Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) has, via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6, completed the acquisition of Hull telco and broadband service provider KCOM for £627 million. KCOM’s board recommended the sale of the company to the Macquarie fund in July after a competitive auction process. The company delisted from the London […]

Portuguese-language trio of channels joins Post Luxembourg line-up

Lusophone TV channels RTP3, Sic Noticias and Globo International have joined Post Luxembourg’s growing TV platform as part of its Entertain Me package. The three Portuguese-language channels separately reached agreement with Post Luxembourg to launch their programming and expand their reach to PostTV subscribers, according to the telco. RTP3 is a Portuguese 24-hour news channel […]

Virgin Media and eir to carry each other’s sports channels

Irish telco eir and Virgin Media have penned a deal that will see an exchange of sports channels.  Virgin Media customers will receive eir sport, while eir customers will get Virgin Media Sport as a part of their sport pack. In Ireland, Virgin Media Sport carries over 300 matches of the UEFA Champions League, the […]

ViacomCBS and the ‘channelising’ of streaming platforms

With an on-again, off-again saga longer than many sit-coms, CBS and Viacom finally confirmed their reunification this week, creating the US’s biggest broadcaster with a global reach of over 4.3 billion cumulative TV subscribers. Despite the impressive array of linear channels that the combined company now has in its arsenal, what was perhaps most interesting […]