Pay TV Operators

Shahid launches first original drama as MENA SVOD battle intensifies

The battle for Middle Eastern SVOD subscribers intensified this week with the news that MBC Group’s VOD platform Shahid is poised to air its first original drama series on November 27. Called El Diva the new show explores the world of talent-spotting and stars Cyrine Abdel Nour in the lead role. Nour has previously starred […]

Tricolor OTT service passes one million users milestone

The number of active users of Russian pay TV leader Tricolor TV’s OTT TV service, which launched earlier this year, has surpassed the one million mark, or 8% of the company’s base. Tricolor, which is predominantly received via satellite, said total watch-time on the OTT platform exceeded one billion minutes in October, with users watching […]

Russian telco MTS divests its Ukrainian telco interests

MTS, Russia’s leading telecommunications operator and digital services provider, has signed a binding agreement with Bakcell-controlled Telco Solutions and Investments to sell its telco operations in Ukraine. In accordance with the agreement, MTS’s wholly-owned subsidiary Allegretto is selling its 100% stake in its Dutch subsidiary Preludium B.V, the sole shareholder of VF Ukraine PrJSC, for […]

Orange launches operator-branded 5G smartphone

Orange has launched what it describes as the industry’s first operator-branded 5G smartphone in Europe, tested on its 5G networks for early adopters.  The Neva Jet smartphone will initially be available on existing networks 3G and 4G networks in select markets, starting with Poland. It will then be available on Orange’s commercial 5G networks across […]

Schmidt steps down as CEO of Sky Deutschland to be replaced by Raj

Sky Deutschland’s Carsten Schmidt has announced his resignation from the role of CEO and will step down at the end of 2019 to be replaced by Devesh Raj. Schmidt, who will retain an advisory role at the operator, has been with the business for over 20 years and served as CEO for just shy of […]

Time running out for Mediaset and Vivendi with no deal in sight

Mediaset and Vivendi are struggling to come to a deal over their long-standing legal battle. According to four Reuters sources, the companies have so far failed to reach any agreements that would allow them to drop a number of pending lawsuits with a deadline looming.  The companies are due in court on November 22, following […]

Telia announces exec shakeup in Norway and Finland

Swedish telco Telia has announced a shakeup of its executive team, following the announced future appointment of Allison Kirkby as president and CEO. Stein-Erik Vellan, senior vice president and current CEO of Telia Finland will move to the same role for Norway on December 4 with current boss Abraham Foss leaving his position. The company’s […]

SFR follows up set-top launch with smart home offering

Altice France/SFR has followed up the launch of its latest set-top box, the SFR Box 8 by debuting its new smart home service, SFR Home.  The operator said it was tapping the WiFi 6 capability of the SFR Box 8 and its voice command feature to offer a set of services that would appeal to […]

Telco and pay TV revenues to increase in US despite cord cutting trends

Despite ongoing subscriber losses, revenues from telco and pay TV services in the US are predicted to rise over the next five years.  According to new research from GlobalData, revenues are predicted to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.7% between 2019 and 2024 to reach US$419.4 billion by 2024. The short-term […]

Sky Sports to become exclusive home of the Masters

Sky Sports has won the exclusive UK rights to the Masters, the first major golf tournament of the season.  From 2020, pay TV channel Sky Sports Golf will be the only place that UK viewers will be able to see the premier golf tournament. The deal extends a relationship between Sky and the Masters that […]