Pay TV Operators


Zegona secures appointment of García as Euskaltel CEO

Cable and telecom investor Zegona Communications has realised one of its key goals for Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel by securing the appointment of former Jazztel chief executive José Miguel García as the company’s CEO. García will replace Francisco Arteche as Euskaltel chief, while Zegona chairman and CEO Eamonn O’Hare will b3come Zegona’s proprietary director […]

Pay TV revenues to fall to 2010 levels

Pay TV revenues for 138 countries are to fall to reach the levels of 2010, despite increasing numbers of subscribers. According to Digital TV Research, revenues for Pay TV – which encompasses subscription fees and PPV orders – peaked at US$205 billion (€183 billion) in 2016, but will fall by 14% to US$177 billion (€158 […]

Telecom Italia to sell digital-terrestrial broadcasting outfit

Telecom Italia (TIM) and GEDI Gruppo Editoriale have agreed to sell digital-terrestrial broadcasting outfit Persidera to F2i and EI Towers for an enterprise value of €240 million. TIM owns a 70% stake in the broadcasting company, and GEDI Gruppo Editoriale holds 30%. Under the terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, Persidera […]

HD Plus hails ‘positive’ consumer response to HbbTV Op App

Consumer feedback from the recent launch of German satellite platform HD Plus’s HbbTV Op App solution had been “really positive” so far, according to Wilfried Urner, the SES-owned outfit’s CEO. Speaking on a panel at ANGA COM in Germany, Urner said that the introduction of the operator app had given HD Plus a chance to […]

Swiss regulator launches in-depth probe of Liberty Global-Sunrise deal

Switzerland’s competition watchdog is to launch an in-depth examination of telecom operator Sunrise’s planned acquisition of UPC Switzerland from Liberty Global. Sunrise said the announcement of the detailed probe of the deal by COMCO/WEKO was in “in line with [its] expectation”. COMCO said that its preliminary look at the deal had revealed some indications that […]

United Group enters Croatian market with Tele2 acqusition

Serbia-based multi-play operator United Group, which is active across multiple Western Balkans markets, is to acquire Tele2’s Croatian business, taking the group into the Croatian market for the first time. Tele2 said it was selling its Croatian business to United Group for an enterprise value of €220 million. The Swedish group said that the maove […]

Vodafone Deutschland adding HGTV to line-up

Vodafone Deutschland is to add Discovery’s Home and Gardens TV (HGTV) to its programming line-up. From June 6 Vodafone customers with the operator’s Giga TV offering will be able to view HGTV alongside Discovery’s other channels for the German market: free-to-view services Eurosport 1, DMAX and TLC and pay TV offerings Eurosport 2 and Discovery […]

BFMTV basks in ratings success despite Champions League controversy

Altice France-owned news channel BFMTV has been basking in rating success following its broadcast of the weekend’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, despite a bubbling controversy over whether it should have aired the match. The channel was the third most-watched channel in France as a result of airing the market, […]

Deutsche Telekom taps Accedo for Amazon Fire TV

Deutsche Telekom has tapped video technology outfit Accedo to deliver its Magenta TV service on Amazon Fire TV. Magenta TV offers live and VOD video, giving subscribers access to up to 75 channels, 45 of which are in High Definition. Users can also fine tune their preferences and settings in-app to get a personalized experience. […]

DNA expands presence with Tampere acquisition

Finnish service provider DNA has acquired the fibre network infrastructure owned by Tampere region company ICT Elmo Oy – formerly known as Tampereen Pukhelin – as well as Elmo’s consumer and housing company business. The move makes DNA a major broadband and TV operator in the Tampere region for the first time. Tampere is the […]