Pay TV Operators

MTS and Channel One Russia team up for advanced TV JV

Russian service provider MTS and state-owned broadcaster Channel One are to create a joint venture to develop personalised TV services, audience behaviour analytic tools and content recommendation systems. The JV will also develop tools to develop targeted and personalised advertising. Channel One will also provide MTS’s media and production unit, MTS Media, with rights to […]

BT sells ‘selected domestic operations’ in 16 Latin America countries 

BT has announced that it is selling a number of its domestic operations and infrastructure in 16 Latin America countries to CIH Telecommunications Americas LLC.  The move is a part of what BT describes as the “ongoing transformation of its global unit”. BT also announced that it has entered into wholesale and reseller agreements with […]

IPTV gains in Spain as pay TV revenues increase

IPTV pay TV revenues in Spain, increased by 16% year-on-year in the third quarter of last year to about €400 million, while free TV revenues declined by 5.9% to €320 million in the same period, according to figures published by telecom regulator the CNMC. IPTV pay TV revenues grew from €341 million in Q3 2018 […]

VodafoneZiggo wins appeal on open access ruling

Liberty Global and Vodafone’s Dutch JV VodafoneZiggo has secured a legal victory that overturns a previous regulatory ruling requiring it to open up its cable access network to third-party providers. The group won an appeal before the CBb business appeals tribunal that overturned markets regulator ACM’s open-access ruling. “We are very satisfied with the CBb’s […]

Eleven Sports secures complete Belgian football deal after intensive negotiations

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports Belgium has confirmed that it has secured live and exclusive rights to Belgian domestic football for the next five years after concluding a deal with the Pro League. Eleven has secured rights to air matches from the Belgian First Division A, the First Division B, the women’s Super League, the Belgian […]

Sky allows customers to pause sports subscription during pandemic

Comcast-owned Sky will give residential customers an option to pause their sports subscriptions while the coronavirus has effectively brought the sporting world to a halt. The operator also announced that it has stopped billing its commercial clients (i.e. pubs, bars, sports clubs, and other establishments) as of March 14. It said that it will only […]

Over half of Portuguese broadband now fibre

Over half of Portuguese fixed broadband connections were via fibre by the end of 2019, according to data released by telecom regulator ANACOM. According to the watchdog’s statistics, 50.6% of fixed broadband connections were fibre at the end of last year, compared with 45.2% a year earlier. The number of connected lines increased by 297,000 […]

Telecom Italia names new head of procurement

Telecom Italia (TIM) has named Nicola Grassi as head of procurement. Grassi, who will report to CEO Luigi Gubitosi, will be responsible for group-level oversight of vendor assessment and management of procurement processes, monitoring markets for the purchase of products and services, and ensuring overall optimisation of requirements, operating and financial results. Grassi comes to […]

Proximus and Orange resume work on network sharing

Belgian service providers Proximus and Orange are fully resuming preparations for the implementation of a mobile access network sharing agreement that had been held up by the intervention of Liberty Global-backed rival Telenet. At the beginning of January, the Belgian competition regulator, in a procedure initiated by Telenet requesting interim measures, gave the telecom regulator […]

France’s CNC seeking to suspend VOD window rules as Coronavirus closes cinemas

France’s Centre National du Cinéma (CNC) is looking to suspend the country’s stringent video-on-demand windowing rules because of the restrictions on movement introduced in the country to counter the Coronavirus threat. The measures, introduced by President Emmanuel Macron this week, mean that all cinemas will be closed for the foreseeable future. According to financial daily […]