Pay TV Operators


Thema launches +D’Afrique VOD offering on Orange

Thema, the Canal+ Group-owned specialist in the edition and distribution of multicultural pay TV offerings, has launched its SVOD package +D’Afrique on French TV operator Orange’s Le Bouquet Africain Max service. +D’Afrique, which was initially launched in April 2019 on the Freebox service provided by rival ISP Free, and then successively on SFR and Bouygyes […]

SVOD aggregators are too big to ignore for players looking for global scale

Roku shares leapt to an all-time high this week after industry juggernaut John Malone threw his weight behind it, and other tech players, as the future of streaming and content aggregation. Malone had every right to be bullish on all three of Amazon, Roku and Apple, with the trio (potentially along with Google as it […]

EC passes Virgin Media-O2 merger back to UK regulator

The European Commission has acceded to a request by the UK competition regulator, the CMA, to review the planned merger between Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The CMA lodged its request soon after the EU started its investigation into the merger in October. The decision means that the CMA will now begin a […]

Spain’s Virgin telco running ‘well ahead’ of target

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel Group’s recently launched Virgin telco brand, which it uses to market services in Spain outside its home turf of the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia, has now signed up over 58,000 customers after six months of operation. The total subscriber base includes 43,000 fixed and 15,000 mobile customers, with the […]

Mediaset denies reports of letter from Vivendi, but it is open to talks of alliance

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has denied reports that it received a letter from France’s Vivendi calling for a truce between the pair. The companies have been sparring over Mediaset’s long-held plans to create a pan-European media group – dubbed MediaForEurope (MFE) – with Vivendi opposing the move as a power grab. Vivendi, which owns 29% of […]

SPI International/FilmBox launches seven channels on waipu.tv

Channel provider SPI International/FilmBox has launched seven channels on German IPTV platform waipu.tv. The channels, spanning genres including movies, documentaries, gaming, music and lifestyle, will be offered to subscribers of the platform in the new Perfect Plus package. The channels included in the deal are: SPI’s art-house movie channel FilmBox Arthouse, which airs world cinema classics from directors […]

Com Hem and TV4 agree new expanded deal

Tele2-owned Swedish cable operator Com Hem has followed up its framework agreement with Telia-owned commercial broadcaster TV4 with a comprehensive multi-year deal that will see channels TV4, Sjuan and TV12 and pay TV offering C More continue to air on the Com Hem network. The deal also provides for more channels to be added to […]

T-Mobile discontinues IPTV service TVision Home

US telco T-Mobile has announced the shutdown of its TVision Home IPTV cable service as it looks to grow its just-launched TVision streaming service. The IPTV platform was based on tech acquired as a part of the 2017 Layer3 acquisition, and largely built the foundations of what has now become TVision. The legacy service will […]

vMVPD growth lessens blow of pay TV losses for US operators

The total number of subscribers to the largest US pay TV providers was down by 120,000 for the quarter. According to new figures from Leichtman Research Group, the largest pay TV providers in the US – representing about 95% of the market – lost just over 100,000 subscribers in Q3, though this is a marked […]