Pay TV Operators


Vodafone Spain to offer Amazon Prime free for one year

Vodafone España is to give subscribers a year’s free subscription to Amazon Prime ahead of integrating Prime Video with its TV offering. Vodafone One customers and customers of Vodafone’s Red mobile plans will qualify for one year’s free subscription to Amazon Prime, valued at €36. Vodafone said that its customers would be able to enjoy […]

EU reportedly set to launch full investigation of Liberty-Vodafone deal

The EU is likely to launch a full investigation of Liberty Global’s planned sale of its German and central European assets to Vodafone, according to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source. The opening of an in-depth investigation by the EU would imply that the EC will reject the request by the German competition regulator, […]

Finland’s DNA to sell Viaplay direct to subscribers

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT), the soon-to-be-split-off broadcast and streaming arm of Modern Times Group (MTG), has agreed a deal with Finish cable and pay TV operator DNA to include NENT’s Viaplay streaming service in DNA’s TV offering. DNA will become the first telecom operator in Finland to offer Viaplay to customers as a separate subscription. […]

Zegona expects to complete acquisition of Euskaltel shares in February

Cable and telecom investor Zegona Communications has said it expects its acquisition of additional shares in Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel to be completed by the first week in February. Zegona aims to double its current stake in Euskaltel, acquiring up to 14.9% of the operator after making a £225 million placing that will be […]

Mediaset agrees sale of digital-terrestrial operations unit

Mediaset has agreed the sale of 100% of R2, the company that controls the technical platform for its pay TV service Mediaset Premium, to Sky. The sale of the platform allows Mediaset to retain control of its premium channel offering, and Mediaset will also continue to manage Mediaset Premium’s customer base. The sale of the […]

Altice Europe strikes €1.8bn FTTH deal to create ‘leading wholesaler in Europe’

Altice Europe is to sell half of its French fibre-to-the-home business, bringing €1.8 billion in cash to SFR. AlticeFrance has entered into an exclusive agreement with a consortium comprising Allianz Capital Partners, AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets and OMERS Infrastructure to sell a 49.99% stake in SFR FTTH in a deal that gives the […]

Digitürk secures Champions League and Europa League rights for Turkey

BeIN Sports-owned Turkish pay TV leader Digitürk has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League and Europa League football in Turkey for the next three years, beginning with the 2018-19 season. The Champions League deal adds to Digitürk’s existing line-up of premium sports rights, which includes the exclusive rights in Turkey to the […]

Alchimie to launch SVOD app for Proximus mobile users

Content aggregation and distribution outfit Alchimie has struck a deal with Belgian telco Proximus to provide its Watch-It! SVOD and linear offering to Proximus’ six million mobile customers. Proximus customers will be able to access a range of SVOD channels via the Watch-It! app, Alchimie’s proprietary video streaming platform. Subscribers can view Watch-It! channels via […]

SPI International strikes VOD deal with Telekom Srbija

International channel provider SPI International/FilmBox has extended its existing partnership with Telekom Srbija to bring video-on-demand services to the Serbian operator’s platform. The deal, which also extends to Telekom Srbija’s Bosnian and Montenegrin subsidiaries Mtel Bosnia & Herzegovina and Mtel Montenegro, will see SPI bring 150 localised moves, 200thematic titles and series to viewers in […]

Virgin Media customers with Netflix ‘happier and more loyal’

Virgin Media customers who adopt Netflix via the Virgin Media platform are happier and more loyal than subscribers who don’t take up the SVOD service, and the cable operator’s customers are more likely to subscribe to Netflix than non-customers, according to research by the Liberty Global-owned company. While UK households’ adoption of Netflix stands at […]