Pay TV Operators


NBCUniversal teams with Movistar+ to launch Universal+ and DreamWorks channel in Spain

NBCUniversal International Networks is to launch streaming service Universal+ and new channel DreamWorks in Spain in partnership with pay TV provider Movistar+ from Telefónica. The US studio is launching linear channel DreamWorks for the first time in Spain on the Movistar+ platform, along with an associated on-demand offering that will also be available in the […]

Canal+ calls for new bidding process for Ligue 1 rights

Pay TV operator Canal+ has called for a new auction of French Ligue 1 football rights in the wake of the debacle of Mediapro’s acquisition of the key rights and subsequent decision to return them to the league. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Canal+ chief executive Maxime Saada said that his group […]

SK Broadband deploys NAGRA watermarking solution for Android TV app

Content protection firm NAGRA has announced a partnership with leading South Korean telco SK Broadband. The deal will see the operator utilise NAGRA’s NexGuard forensic watermarking tech to protect its content on a wide range of IPTV STBs. The NexGuard Pay TV solution promises to protect premium content investments and, in the event of a […]

Thai pay TV market to recover from Covid decline in 2021

The Thai pay TV market is set to recover from a difficult 2020 in the coming year. According to GlobalData, the Southeast Asian country saw an 8.7% dip in revenue in 2020 as users curtailed their spending amidst the Covid-19-triggered economic recession. However, as the nation recovers from the pandemic, so too will its pay […]

TDC names new head of Blockbuster VOD arm

Danish telco and cable operator TDC’s Nuuday services arm has named Louise Stenberg as the new director of its Blockbuster video-on-demand service. Stenberg will take over from Casper Hald, who resigned as director of Blockbuster in November last year to seek new challenges outside Nuuday. Stenberg has held various positions at Nuuday with a focus […]

RiksTV launches on Samsung Tizen sets

Norwegian DTT provider RiksTV has launched on Samsung smart TVs. Developed by Norigin Media, the apps are available on a range of Samsung Tizen models and utilise the developer’s TV App Framework. RiksTV, Norway’s only TV distributor that provides TV via antenna, internet, and fibre, has coverage in 98% of households in the country. The […]

Patrick Drahi gets green light to take Altice Europe private

Telecom tycoon Patrick Drahi has received a green light to take Altice Europe private from company shareholders. An EGM on January 7 approved resolutions that enable Drahi to take control of the company and delist it from the Amsterdam stock exchange. Drahi, who holds 77.6% of Altice Europe, secured a yes vote to his offer […]

BeIN Sports extends NBA deal in France, streams Australian Open qualifiers in Doha

The US National Basketball Association (NBA) and Middle East pay TV broadcaster beIN Sports’ French unit have agreed a multiyear expansion of their eight years-long broadcast and digital partnership. As part of the agreement beIN Sports will also continue to host the NBA’s official online destination in France. As part of the new partnership, beIN […]

OSN opens Box of Wonders

Middle East pay TV operator OSN has launched a new offering with a new user interface and enhanced features called OSN Box of Wonders. According to OSN, Box of Wonders will offer MENA customers the region’s fastest content discovery journey, promising content discovery in just three clicks. Using AI technology and Machine Learning to optimise […]

Digital video services reach almost £3 billion in UK revenue

British consumer spend on entertainment skyrocketed to £9 billion in 2020, with digital streaming services taking up a significant amount of that total. According to a new report from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), the entertainment sector revenues of £9.05 billion marked the fastest growth rate since records began thanks to a year in which […]