Pay TV Operators

US telcos add over a million customers in record-breaking quarter

Telcos in the US grew by over a million broadband customers in Q1 2020. A new study from Leichtman Research Group found that the largest cable and telephone providers in the US – which represent roughly 96% of the market – acquired about 1,165,000 net additional broadband Internet subscribers in Q1 2020, compared to a […]

Pay TV subscribers to reach 1.06 billion by 2025

The total number of pay TV subscribers around the world is set to top 1.06 billion by 2025. According to new figures from Digital TV Research for 138 countries, the industry will see an increase of 35 million additional pay TV subscribers between 2019-25, building on the milestone of 1 billion passed in 2018. Digital […]

Mediaset hit by coronavirus in Q1

Mediaset saw its revenues hit by the Italian and Spanish markets’ exposure to the coronavirus crisis in the quarter to March. The broadcaster posted sales of €682.1 million, down from €718.2 million for the same period last year. Revenues in Italy fell from €492.1 million to €452.4 million. Mediaset said that revenues in both markets […]

Vodafone sees German TV base fall but recovers ground in Spain

Vodafone saw its overall TV base decline by 245,000 in the year to March, which the company said primarily reflected the loss of lower ARPU basic subscribers in its German Kabel Deutschland footprint, as well as some customers of the former Unitymedia. Despite the losses over the full year, Vodafone added 41,000 TV customers in […]

UPC Poland to extend reach by half a million via open fibre net

Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland is using open fibre network Fiberhost, owned by rival cable operator INEA, to expand its reach in the country by around half a million homes. The announcement of the network expansion follows an agreement between UPC and INEA in December covering the provision of wholesale services in areas covered by the […]

Youfone taps Red Bee Channel Store for TV aggregation

Technology outfit Red Bee is providing channel distribution services for the Dutch independent telecom provider Youfone, with the Red Bee Channel Store enabling it to create bundles with local and international news, sports and entertainment for its TV subscription service. Red Bee’s Channel Store provides access to a global platform for signal aggregation and a […]

Polsat’s Plus first up with 5G in Poland

Plus, the mobile unit of Polsat Group, the Polish free and pay TV broadcaster, has launched the country’s first 5G mobile network. Plus, operated by Polsat company Polkomtel, is operating 100 mobile transmitters across seven cities – Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin and Wrocław The operator plans to extend its coverage to the whole […]

Production on MultiChoice shows resumes as South Africa lockdown rules are revised

Production on a number of telenovelas aired on the MultiChoice pay TV service has resumed after the South African government gave the go-ahead to local TV producers to resume work under a partial relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules. Under a recategorization of the threat as Alert Level 4 under South African’s system of classifying emergency […]

ViacomCBS to launch international pay streamer ‘within year’

ViacomCBS plans to launch an international pay TV streaming product in multiple markets within the next year as part of an expansion of its streaming efforts, including boosting its US domestic premium offering CBS All Access with a number of initiatives. Speaking to analysts after the US studio posted its quarterly results at the end […]