Pay TV Operators

Canal+ hails anti-piracy victory in Rennes

Five individuals responsible for creating and maintaining around 20 pirate sites in France have been found guilty by a Rennes criminal court following a complaint lodged by pay TV operators Canal+, BeiN Sport and RMC Sport. The three broadcasters filed the complaint in collaboration with the Association de Lutte contre la Piraterie Audiovisuelle (ALPA). The […]

CuriosityStream signs distribution deal with Com Hem

Swedish TV operator Com Hem has signed a partnership with factual media company CuriosityStream. The deal will see Com Hem subscribers have access to CuriosityStream’s library of factual and documentary content through a linear service. The operator said that access to CuriosityStream’s SVOD service will be added soon, along with addition of its content to […]

Netgem to acquire French ISP Comcable

Consumer service provider Netgem has acquired French fibre operator Comcable. Comcable operates on public initiative networks and has 3,500 subscribers. The takeover will be carried out via Netgem’s French subsidiary, with Netgem providing them with access to its VIDEOFUTUR products including the myVIDEOFUTUR streaming service and the company’s 4K Box. The company primarily operates in […]

Euskaltel strikes deal to use new Orange fibre nets

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel Group has signed a new agreement with Orange to use bitstream to access at least 1.8 million of the three million homes that Orange plans to reach with a new fibre deployment plans scheduled to run to the end of 2023. This deal is a step forward from the agreements signed […]

Movistar+ adds picture-in-picture for simultaneous viewing

Customers of Spanish telco Telefónica’s TV service Movistar+ now have the ability to watch two different channels simultaneously on the TV screen with the introduction of picture-in-picture technology to the operator’s service. PiP functionality can be used by the more than one million customers who have a UHD set-top and are connected to the operator’s […]

Iliad enters Italian fixed-line market

French Telco Iliad will offer fixed-line service in Italy following a deal with broadband operator Open Fiber. Italy has historically not been a particularly prominent market for foreign telcos given the landline sector’s difficulty to attract new customers. However, renewed interest has been seen while the nation has been in lockdown. With the sector improving, […]

Orange hires new CEOs for Belgium, Poland

Orange has announced the appointment of two new CEOs for its Polish and Belgian businesses. The news comes after CEO Stéphane Richard announced in mid-June that Orange would make eight changes to its executive committee in an effort to renew focus on emerging technologies in its coronavirus recovery plans. At the time, the group announced […]

Ex-Veon and Telenor exec Johnsen to take helm of Tele2 from Nilsson

Tele2 president and CEO Anders Nilsson is to step down after six years in the role and will be replaced by Kjell Morten Johnsen, previously chief operating officer of Russia’s Veon and chief executive of Telenor Europe. Johnsen will take over from Nilsson when the latter leaves on September 15. Nilsson had previously told the […]

Vivendi in fresh move to reverse Italian ruling on Mediaset stake

Vivendi has filed a fresh appeal with the Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) in Italy to overturn regulator AGCOM’s ruling that its ownership stake in Mediaset is in breach of the country’s controversial TUSMAR law against holding simultaneous stakes in media and telecom companies. Mediaset issued a communication that it had received notice that Vivendi […]

TDC’s YouSee to launch OTT streaming app with multiple services

Danish telco and cable operator TDC’s YouSee cable arm is to launch a new streaming service that aggregates TV channels and other streaming offerings in a single app that can be accessed on any network. Separately, YouSee has added TV2 Play, the subscription streaming service from publicly-owned channel TV2, to its Bland Self offering. The […]