Pay TV Operators

Canal+ Poland offers elite Ekstraklasa fixture for free on YouTube

Canal+ Poland resumes its coverage of Poland’s elite football league the Ekstraklasa this week after the winter break. And in a first for the league, the pay TV broadcaster will be streaming a top game for free on its Canal+ Sport YouTube channel. The fixture in question is between Stal Mielec and current champions Lech […]

Telenet entertainment chief to lead Luxembourg’s Eltrona

Belgian service provider Telenet and Luxembourg’s Eltrona have named Christophe Costers, currently VP Entertainment at Telenet, as the new CEO of Eltrona as of April 1. Telenet and Eltrona announced on December 21 that the former had taken over Eltrona’s activities in Luxembourg, with the transaction completed on January 2. Telenet said that Costers has […]

German TV piracy losses hit €1.8bn in 2022, says Vaunet

Vaunet, the Berlin-based trade body for private audiovisual media in Germany, has published a report which says TV piracy continues to cause severe economic loss in Europe’s largest economy. It called on EU regulators and the German government to “introduce effective measures to stop the illegal use of live TV”. According to an extensive study […]

European audiovisual revenues becoming more concentrated as SVOD drives growth

The top 100 audiovisual players in the European market are growing twice as fast as the market overall, according to the latest report by the European Audiovisual Observatory. According to the Top Players in the European Audiovisual Industry – Ownership and Concentration report, the cumulative service operating revenues of the top 100 audiovisual companies in […]

YouSee taps Simply.TV for metadata across streaming and linear TV

Danish service provider Nuuday, which operates consumer-facing services under the YouSee brand, is tapping metadata specialist Simply. to improve its TV offering. YouSee has entered a multi-year deal with metadata leader Simply.TV to provide the dataset to power universal search across linear and streaming services. Simply.TV said its advanced metadata would help YouSee to strengthen […]

Bouygues Telecom teams up with Xbox for Bbox Gaming

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has teamed up with Microsoft Xbox to launch a gaming service for its Bbox customers. The new service, Bbox Gaming, allows customers to subscribe to one of two offerings: Bbox Ultym Gaming or BBox Must Gaming. Qualifying customers, who must have a FTTH connection, must take out a 24-month contract, […]

Xavier Niel to compete with TF1 and M6 for DTT frequency

French regulator ARCOM has announced that it received three bids for its recently advertised national DTT frequencies by the January 23 deadline. As expected incumbent operators TF1 and RTL-owned M6 are both seeking renewal of their existing DTT services. But they will face competition from NJJ, the investment vehicle controlled by French telco billionaire Xavier […]

Tele Columbus expands management board with new CTO and housing industry chief

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, has appointed a new chief technology officer and a head of sales for the housing and infrastructure industry. Tele Columbus has named Michael Fränkle as CTO. Fränkle comes from TDC Net A/S, the largest telecommunications provider in Denmark, where he most recently held the […]

RMC Sport extends French broadcasting rights to MMA bouts

MMA franchise UFC has announced an extension of its broadcast partnership with Altice-owned RMC Sport in France. In a deal that runs until 2025, the exclusive agreement will cover France, Monaco and French overseas territories. RMC Sport will continue to broadcast all main cards from every UFC event live, as well as the preliminary cards […]

Virgin Media O2 offers more HD channels to customers

UK Liberty Global-Telefónica JV Virgin Media O2 has said it is giving its TV customers ‘a HD boost’ on a range of channels, at no extra cost. The upgrade, which will be added automatically, includes TV channels such as National Geographic HD, Sky Comedy HD and Sky Arts HD, meaning Virgin TV customers will be […]