Pay TV Operators

Cord-cutting Americans look to vMVPDs

Almost half of traditional pay TV households in the US are likely to switch to a vMVPD provider within the next 12 months. According to new research from Parks Associates, 43% of broadband households with traditional pay TV are looking to switch to alternative providers such as YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV. While […]

Starzplay lands on Canal+

Starz has agreed a distribution deal with Vivendi-owned Canal+ in France. The agreement will see Starzplay, the premium SVOD from Starz, offered to Canal+ Séries, Integrale and Integrale+ subscribers at no extra cost.  Announcing the news, the operator boasted its own originals and celebrated that its content offering will be boosted by Starz shows like […]

AMC to launch general interest Selekt channel in Spain

AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) is to launch a new general interest channel in Spain. Launching on February 4, Selekt will be available to Vodafone TV and Orange TV customers at no extra cost, and offer programming spanning film, series, documentaries and children’s content. Of a weekday, Selekt will programme two hours of children’s […]

HBO Max rebound boosts AT&T results

WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max had 37.7 million US subscribers at the end of the year, with HBO customers taking the overall HBO subscriber total to 41.5 million. HBO Max’s total compares with 28.7 million at the end of September. Total HBO and HBO Max subscribers worldwide now number 61 million. Parent company AT&T, reporting […]

discovery+ launches in Italy with TIM

Discovery+ has launched in Italy via a distribution deal with TIM. The SVOD, which began its international rollout earlier this month, launches with more than 8,000 hours of content with 55,000 episodes from 2,500 shows from brands like HGTV and Food Network. Claiming to be the only streaming service available in Italy solely focused on […]

Virgin Media launches 5G via Vodafone MVNO partnership

Virgin Media has rolled out 5G in the UK, connecting 100 towns and cities across the country. The launch will see Virgin partner with Vodafone and utilise the mobile operator’s network. It is an extension of an MVNO partnership which was first announced in 2019.  Virgin said that its broadband customers will be able to […]

Patrick Drahi takes full control of Altice Europe

Media and telecom entrepreneur Patrick Drahi has acquired full control of Altice Europe. Drahi’s launch of a public offer for shares in the company he founded has enabled him to up his stake in it from 77.6% to just over 92%. The move means that the telecom entrepreneur will be able to delist the company […]

France’s rugby league issues call to tender for media rights

France’s professional rugby football body, the LNR, last week launched an invitation to tender for media rights, following hard on the heels of the country’s professional football body, the LFP. The latter is re-tendering rights returned to it by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro after it failed to maintain payments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Vodafone Group restructures IT and Network business

Vodafone Group has announced a restructure of its IT and Network business. The announcement will see the operator separate out its infra and services arms in a continued effort to become more of an overall technology company.  The restructure also comes with an executive shakeup for the group. Deputy CTO Alberto Ripepi will be charged […]

March auction for 5G spectrum sale in UK

Ofcom will start an auction for 5G spectrum in March. The UK regulator had initially announced in August 2020 that it would start bidding in January, but Ofcom had paused the process and said that it “will continue to monitor developments” as the country continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic.  The auction will offer […]

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