Pay TV Operators

Video-streaming and tourism drive mobile traffic growth for Vodafone Spain

Vodafone España has experienced a 30% upsurge in traffic on its mobile network over the summer compared with the same period last year, driven by video-streaming and by a revival of the tourist trade. The operator said that the growth in data usage had been seen equally in big cities and in tourist areas such […]

Sky upgrades Sky Q with new voice features, selective ad-skipping

Pay TV giant Sky has made a number of changes to its flagship Sky Q offering including introducing the ability to switch between apps and back to Sky using voice, the ability to record what users are watching on live TV with new voice commands, and the launch of a Sky Sports Recap service on […]

Polish senate rejects anti-Discovery law

The controversial Polish amendment that could see Discovery expelled from ownership of commercial broadcaster TVN has been rejected by the country’s Senate and will now return to the Sejm, the lower house of the bicameral parliament. Ruling Law and Justice party senators were reportedly largely absent from a debate preceding a vote that saw 53 […]

Xavier Niel begins process of taking Free private with public offering

Iliad Telecom, which operates in France under the Free brand, has launched the public offering designed to enable founder Xavier Niel to delist the company and focus on his longer term strategic objectives. The offering, which closes September 24, should see the number of free-floating shares reduced to under 10% of the voting capital, enabling […]

Brazil’s Città Telecom taps SmartLabs for OTT offering

Brazilian ISP Città Telecom has chosen technology from SmartLabs for its OTT service and mobile applications. The solution will be used by the company’s set top box customers and mobile users. SmartLabs said that Città Telecom chose it after extensive technical testing and the installation is set to be completed this month. SmartLabs said that […]

Nagra wins new US customer following JEA partnership

1Tennessee, a Tennessee, US-based local broadband, TV and telephone service provider, has chosen Nagra to deliver its new IP-based multiscreen video service. Powered by Nagra’s OpenTV Video Platform, the integrated solution includes Harmonic’s cloud video solution, a pre-integrated CRM system from GLDS and Jackson Energy Authority’s E+ Premier. Jackson, Tennessee-based utility outfit Jackson Energy Authority […]

Telecom Italia rolls out Android TV boxes from Technicolor

Telecom Italia (TIM) is rolling out advanced Android TV set-top boxes from Technicolor to support its TV service. TIM will tap the capabilities of the box to provide Italian households with access to premium services offered by broadcasters and over-the-top providers, including Netflix, Amazon, Infinity, Disney+ and DAZN. The STBs are based on Technicolor Connected […]

Canal+ news channel hit by Zemmour ban

In a move that will primarily impact Canal+’s CNews channel, French media regulator the CSA has ruled that audiovisual media providers should not include contributions from far-right political commentator and professional controversialist Éric Zemmour as part of the national political debate in their transmissions. The move comes after speculation that Zemmour will run in the […]

Foxtel launches streaming-only set-top box

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel has launched its new streaming set top box. The new iQ5 device features a plug and play set-up that provides customers with access to up to 50,000 hours of Foxtel content within minutes, with no cable or satellite installation required. The STB is a completely redesigned device that is designed […]

Vodafone Deutschland replaces Horizon boxes, moves international packages to IP

Vodafone Deutschland has made its GigaTV Cable Box 2 the standard box across its entire German footprint, replacing the Horizon set-top used across the Unitymedia and Kabel Baden-Württemburg networks it acquired from Liberty Global. Vodafone is rolling out a new standardised set of international channel packages that are distributed over IP rather than via DVB-C […]