Pay TV Operators

Western Europe pay TV subs to drop by 4 million

The total number of pay TV subscribers in Western Europe is set to fall to 103 million by 2026. According to Digital TV Research, the market will lose 4 million subscribers as households continue to cut the cord in favour of streaming services.  Reflecting an increasing reliance on high-speed broadband, IPTV will be the leading […]

Liberty Global and Telefónica name UK JV management

Liberty Global and Telefónica have named current Virgin Media CEO Lutz Schüler as CEO of their planned UK 50:50 joint venture, with O2 chief financial officer Patricia Cobian to be CFO of the combined operation. Schüler joined Virgin Media in 2018 as chief operating officer and has been CEO at Virgin Media since June 2019. […]

SPI expands to Angola and Mozambique in deal with ZAP

SPI International has continued its expansion into Africa with deals in Angola and Mozambique. The agreement with digital satellite TV provider ZAP will see a wide range of channels made available to subscribers in the country. These include: FilmBox Arthouse, Gametoon, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, FashionBox, and 360 TuneBox. Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at […]

Sky introduces Disney+ voice search in Sky Q update

Sky has announced a new update to its Sky Q STB which will introduce additional integration with Disney+. Content from the streamer, such as the current event series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will begin to appear in broader voice and text searches on Sky Q. Shows and movies will also appear within the […]

Sky launches UK diversity placement scheme & unveils $2.75m carbon initiative

European pay operator Sky has partnered with UK-based diversity organisation Creative Access to offer under-represented groups placements in the media industry and launched a £2m ($2.75m) scheme to drive environmental awareness. The Creative Access collaboration will offer talented TV aspirants who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background, disabled or from lower socioeconomic […]

SK Telecom joins SRT Alliance

Korea’s largest telco, SK Telecom (SKT), has joined the SRT Alliance. The body, which is a collaborative community of industry leaders and developers focused on achieving low latency video transport, said that SKT will also adopt the SRT open source protocol. SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) is a free open source video transport protocol and technology […]

Telia Norway and NENT Group resolve carriage dispute

Telia Norway and Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) have resolved a month-long carriage dispute. The Norweigan operator said that it has reached a distribution agreement with NENT and that its channels would be restored.  The pair fell out at the beginning of March over Telia’s flexibility of customer choice which allows subscribers to have more […]

T-Mobile announces surprise TV shutdown, partners with Google

T-Mobile has confirmed that it is to wind down its live TV service in the US in favour of an expanded partnership with Google. The operator will shut down its Live, Live+ and Live Zone services on April 29, and instead offer customers discounted access to YouTube TV – Google’s cord-cutting live TV offer. TVision […]

Comcast adds Disney+ and ESPN+ to Xfinity

Comcast has agreed a partnership with Disney to rollout Disney+ and ESPN+ to its Xfinity pay TV customers in the US. The entertainment and sports apps will be available on the X1 and Flex platforms, with full Xfinity voice integration – meaning that users can search for specific shows across both Disney+ and ESPN+. Disney will […]

Hungary’s 4iG strikes deal with RCS & RDS to acquire Digi

Romanian and international pay TV and broadband service provider RCS & RDS has struck a preliminary agreement with Hungarian IT and telecom player 4iG for the sale of RCS & RDS’s Hungarian operation, Digi Távközlési Szolgáltató and its subsidiaries Invitel and I TV. Under the agreement, which is expected to complete by September pending regulatory […]