Pay TV Operators


Canal+ Polska completes acquisition of majority stake in film distributor

Canal+ Polska has completed its purchase of a majority stake in local film distributor Kino Świat, opening the way for it to develop new business through ownership of the rights to distribute a catalogue of over 2,000 hours of films and 1,200 TV productions. The deal gives Canal+ Polska owner ITI Neovision a 70% stake […]

Telenor names DNA CEO as head of new Nordic cluster

Telenor has named Jukka Leinonen, the CEO of Finnish cable and telecom operator DNA, as head of its new Nordic cluster following its acquisition of the Finnish company earlier this year. Leinonen will be part of Telenor’s Group Executive Management and assume the role of chair of Telenor Sweden and Telenor Denmark, in addition to […]

STV completes distribution drive for Player with Sky launch

Scottish commercial broadcaster STV’s online service STV Player has launched on Sky set top boxes, giving viewers access to STV content across all major TV platforms for the first time. The move will enable Sky customers in Scotland to watch STV programmes including Coronation Street and I’m A Celebrity , as well as providing viewers with all of STV’s local […]

Uruguay’s TCC to launch new Android TV-based service with 3SS

Uruguayan cable and OTT service provider TCC has tapped 3 Screen Solutions to help deliver an Android TV Operator Tier-based TV service to launch next year. The new service will be powered by 3SS’ Android TV Operator Tier custom launcher as part of its 3READY Android TV + Multiscreen offering. TCC has decided to build […]

Video piracy in Russia drops for first time in five years

Content piracy in Russia has showed decline for the first time in five years. According to a new study from cybersecurity firm Group-IB, the volume of online piracy in the country amounts to US$63.5 million, which is 27% less than 2018.  The estimated the volume of the Russian video piracy market in monetary terms in […]

Telenet sees FMC growth but video subs decline

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet posted strong growth in its fixed-mobile customer base in the third quarter but saw its video base decline and its broadband base flatline. The company saw its video base decline by 4% year-on-year to 1.882 million. Basic video customers declined by 16% to 176,400 while enhanced video numbers were […]

Pay TV still dominant in Russia with cord-cutting is yet to set in

Revenues from pay TV in Russia are up by 14.2%, with 43.2 million subscribers in the country. According to the latest market analysis from the European Audiovisual Observatory, there was a 3.1% increase of pay TV subscribers from 2017 to 2018 with revenue representing RUB95.3 billion (€1.29 billion). In total, there are 35-36 million households […]

ISD seller jailed and fined US$170,000

In a landmark case, an electronics retailer in Singapore has been convicted of selling illegal streaming devices (ISDs). Synnex Trading, along with director Jia Xiaofeng, have been found guilty of four criminal charges of copyright infringement. The company was found to be selling devices that provided access to illegal broadcasts of entertainment content, specifically Premier […]

Euskaltel names new chairman, reports stronger growth

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has named a new chairman and reported growth in profitability following a series of changes put in place by its new management. Euskaltel has named Xabier Iturbe Otaegi, vice-president of Basque regional bank Kutxabank, one of the company’s shareholders, as its chairman, replacing Alberto García Erauzkin. Iturbe has also held […]

French watchdog releases Altice from key restrictions

France’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has released service provider Altice from a number of conditions imposed on its at the time of its acquisition of SFR and its combination with the former Numericable cable network. Recognising that rivals including Orange have deployed fibre networks in key parts of the country since the […]