Pay TV Operators


Business consortium looking to acquire majority in Telefónica LatAm

A group of Latin American businessmen from multiple countries have banded together to present a plan to acquire a majority stake in Telefónica’s Latin American operation outside Brazil, according to a report in Spanish daily El Mundo. According to the report, the consortium of businessmen has made a tentative offer to acquire a 51% stake […]

Horse & Country acquires US streamer, will come of Sky at end of month

Equestrian sports network Horse & Country TV (H&C) has acquired leading US equestrian streaming provider, EQ Sports Net (EQSN). In the UK meanwhile, H&C will come off Sky at the end of this month and transition to a more OTT-focused distribution strategy, although it remains available as a pay TV channel on Virgin Media. EQSN […]

UFC signs deals with Facebook and Russia’s Tricolor

Combat sports competition the UFC has inked a one-year deal with Facebook. The arrangement will see the UFC produce three original shows for Facebook Watch, with all content to be tied to 20 UFC events over the next year. The short-form shows are Quick Hits, The Check-In How and Fighter Commentary. Quick Hits is a […]

BT signs distribution deal for Google Stadia

BT and Google have announced a distribution deal for the latter’s Stadia cloud gaming platform. This is the first deal that Google has signed in Europe for the gaming platform, with a statement saying that the partnership will “see the two companies work together on initiatives designed to build awareness, access and availability of it […]

Piracy to exceed US$67 billion by 2023

The value of pirate video services accessed by pay TV and non-pay TV consumers has been projected to exceed US$67 billion by 2023.  According to a new study from Parks Associates, if 10% of pay TV subscribers discontinued paying for the service in favour of piracy it could cost operators US$6 billion. The report also […]

Tyson Fury turns down £10 million Sky Box Office bid for Wilder rematch

BT Sport has seen off the challenge of Sky Sports in order to win the rights to the upcoming boxing rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. According to the Daily Mail, the Comcast-owned Sky tabled a bid of £10 million in an attempt to secure exclusive rights to the fight in the UK for […]

Free introduces YouTube Kids to Freebox

French operator Free has announced the integration of YouTube Kids into its Freebox set top boxes.  The operator said that this marks the first time in France that the children’s app has been integrated directly into a set top box and that the partnership is a part of its “desire to always offer more content […]

The Q India comes to Airtel Xstream

Youth broadcaster QYou Media has signed a deal with Bharti Airtel to bring The Q India to its Airtel Xstream service.  Airtel Xstream is a converged digital entertainment experience that offers a catalogue of live TV channels, movies, TV shows, and more across 14 languages. The company said that the service is part of its […]

Vivendi and Mediaset trade accusations in wake of controversial EGM

Vivendi has accused Mediaset of an “unlawful refusal” to allow a key shareholder to vote in a crucial EGM on Friday and has said the Mediaset board has placed the company in “a situation of serious legal uncertainty” after ignoring an opinion on the case from the EU Court of Justice’s advocate general. The shareholders […]