Pay TV Operators


Madrid court orders Prisa to pay ‘football war’ damages to Mediapro

A Madrid court has ordered publishing group Prisa to pay €51 million in damages to Mediapro over the ‘football war’ between the pair that dates back over a decade. The damages relate to a ban on Mediapro exploiting audiovisual rights of the matches of a number of football clubs to that Mediapro had signed deals […]

Meo launches Disney pop-up channel

Altice-owned Portuguese pay TV and telecom operator Meo has launched a new pop-up channel from Disney, Disney WOW! The channel, aimed at the 6-11 year-old audience segment, includes action, adventure and comedy series. Shows on the channel include Mech-X4, Lab Rats and Wasabi Warriors. The channel’s launch is timed to coincide with the Portuguese school […]

Altice France battles it out with Free in channel dispute

Altice France and telecom operator Free continue to be engaged in a stand-off over the retransmission of Altice’s free-to-air TV services on the Freebox platform. Altice has been seeking retransmission fees for the distribution of its channels on the model of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. Altice France CEO Alain Weill, as reported by Le […]

Nordic Entertainment secures winter sports rights

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has acquired the exclusive Nordic media rights to winter sports competitions from Infront Sports & Media. The five-year deal secures the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and FIS Cross Country World Cup for NENT Group’s platforms and channels. From 2021, viewers of the Viaplay and Viafree streaming services, and Viasat pay TV and free […]

Russia’s Channel One launches war victory celebration channel

Russia’s Channel One has launched a new service celebrating the country’s victory in the second world war, one year ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. Pobeda TV is a new free-to-air digital service that will broadcast Soviet-era films about the military and Russian films, TV series and documentaries about […]

Tele Columbus completes FTTB rollout in Plauen

German cable operator Tele Columbus has completed the rollout of its fibre-to-the-building network to 12,000 homes in the city of Plauen in Saxony. The operator connected over 1,100 buildings belonging to housing associations WbG Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Plauen mbH and AWG Wohnungsgenossenschaft Plauen eG to its Gigabit-capable network. Construction work on the project started at the beginning […]

Mediapro sees revenues jump

Spanish broadcaster and content producer Mediapro has posted a 20% increase in revenue for 2018, following its acquisition of premium sports rights at home and internationally and a ramping up of its production efforts. Mediapro, which earlier this announced the consolidation of its production company subsidiaries and increased investment in production under the new Mediapro […]

Zegona displaces Basque Country bank as leading Euskaltel investor

UK-based cable and telecom investor Zegona Communications has displaced Basque Country bank Kutxabank as regional cable operator Euskaltel’s biggest shareholder. Zegona notified the operator and regulator the the Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores that the 20 per cent. threshold for disclosure of its increased ownership position in Euskaltel was crossed on April 3 and […]

SPI/FilmBox expands deal with Latvia’s Balticom

SPI/FilmBox has expanded its channel distribution agreement with Latvian cable operator Balticom. In addition to FilmBox Baltic, FilmBox Arthouse, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, DocuBox, Erox, and Gametoon, Balticom subscribers will have now access to FunBox UHD. Balticom is the first telecommunications provider in Latvia that has officially launched UHD TV channels, and the expanded partnership with SPI/FilmBox gives its subscribers […]

Telefónica kicks off original series in Latin America

Telefónica has used MIPTV to announce that it is kicking off production of original fiction series in Latin America. Pre-production of the first three series has already begun in Colombia and Peru and the first releases will be taking place beginning the second half of this year on Telefónica’s different video platforms. The effort will […]