Pay TV Operators

Canal+ may pull out of French digital-terrestrial platform at end of year

Canal+ may pull out of France’s digital-terrestrial TV platform when its licence expires at the end of this year depending on the conditions imposed by the government, according to Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. Speaking to analysts after the pay TV operator’s revival contributed significantly to its parent company’s Q2 results, De Puyfontaine said that […]

United Group completes acquisition of Bulgaria’s Vivacom

South-eastern European broadband and pay TV provider United Group has completed the acquisition of Bulgaria’s Vivacom, following approval of the merger by the EC in April. Vivacom has been the largest domestic operator in Bulgaria in terms of revenues for the last seven years. The company has 1.8 million customers to whom it provides a […]

NENT Group hires Peter Nørrelund as it looks to expand streaming and sports portfolios

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has announced the appointment of Peter Nørrelund as its EVP and head of expansion and sport. Reporting to CEO Anders Jensen, Nørrelund will be responsible for enhancing NENT’s growing sports rights portfolio while also expanding its Viaplay streaming service. The company’s sports rights portfolio includes the English Premier League, UEFA […]

Canal+ rebounds with strong international growth and Disney+ deal

Vivendi-owned Canal+’s international expansion has begun to pay significant dividends, with the pay TV operator seeing its total subscriber base jump to 20.4 million, up from 17.1 million in the first half of 2019. The group’s French subscriber base stood at 8.5 million at the end of June, including from distributor partner agreements. The group […]

Mediaset suffers major setback as Vivendi secures MFE legal victory

Mediaset’s plans to combine its Italian and Spanish arms under a new Dutch-registered holding company have suffered a serious blow with a ruling from a Spanish court that the merger cannot go ahead. The Spanish judge considering the case upheld the suspension of the merger, confirming an earlier court ruling from October that led to […]

Altice confirms guidance after solid Q2 despite media decline

Altice Europe has managed to confirm its financial guidance for the full year after turning in a solid Q2 performance in the face of the impact on the coronavirus crisis which, among other things, saw its media revenues plummet due to the collapse of the advertising market and the suspension of sports. Revenue for the […]

Proximus to accelerate fibre build-out, sees solid TV growth

Belgian telco Proximus, which managed to grow its TV and broadband base in Q2, has moved to accelerate its rollout of fibre networks across the country by signing MoUs with Eurofiber in Wallonia and Delta Fiber in Flanders. Proximus and Eurofiber, which is expanding from an enterprise-focused business into the FTTH space, will now discuss […]

Comcast: Sky retains customers but suffers revenue dip as Peacock hits 10 million subs

Sky managed to retain almost all of its customers through the coronavirus pandemic, but still suffered a 15% loss as a result of advertising and sports, Comcast has said. The operator charted 23.7 million ‘customer relationships’ across Europe, down only 1% from the 23.9 million it had in Q1. While Sky will be happy that […]

Telefónica sees pay TV fall and OTT rise as it commits to full fibre coverage

Telefónica has posted Q2 numbers that saw its global pay TV base decline by 6% year-on-year to 8.243 million. The telco did however grow its OTT TV base, up 26% year-on-year to 1.4 million. Telefónica has meanwhile committed to 100% fibre network coverage of Spain by 2025.The commitment was made as part of a new […]

Orange TV growth slows but base passes 10 million

Orange saw its TV customer base pass the 10 million mark in the second quarter, but growth was at a slower rate than the prior year’s performance. The overall Orange IPTV and satellite TV base numbered 10.049 million at the end of June, up from 9.993 million in Q1 and up 4.6% year-on-year, compared with […]