Pay TV Operators

Vodafone Spain offers voice remote to all new customers

Vodafone España has started to offer its voice-enabled remote control to all new customers who sign up to its Vodafone TV service. The remote enables users to control their TV via voice, including the ability to search for content without the need to identify titles letter for letter, the ability to change channels and the […]

PCCW taps VO Secure Player for Euro 2020 Watch Party

TV technology outfit Viaccess-Orca’s VO Secure Player is now featuring Hong Kong service provider PCCW Media’s Watch Party, allowing Now TV’s subscribers to experience the social feature during ongoing UEFA Euro 2020 football matches. Watch Party enables sports fans subscribing to Now TV to watch live matches while simultaneously interacting with their Watch Party group through […]

Canal+ secures Premier League, but trouble brewing on LFP front

Canal+ has secured exclusive rights to English Premier League football for a further three seasons. The renewal comes as the pay TV operator comes under pressure from the French government over its perceived refusal to honour a commitment to air Ligue 1 French football through a licensing agreement with beIN Sports. Canal+ will air 380 […]

Telenet retains Premier League rights

Liberty Global-backed Belgian service provider Telenet has extended its deal for English Premier League rights for a further three years. The deal means that Telenet’s Play Sports service will remain the home of the English football competition at least until the 2024-25 season. Nearly all matches will be broadcast live on Play Sports with a […]

18 million Americans cut cord

Over 18 million Americans cut the cord between 2014-2020, new research has found. According to Parks Associates, the US pay TV industry lost millions of subscribers during the period while the broadband market has simultaneously accelerated. In 2020 alone, over  The report notes that the Covid-19 pandemic acted as an accelerant for change, with vMVPD […]

Sky Q adds GolfPass app

Sky has added GolfPass to its Sky Q platform. Described as ‘the ultimate golf app’, GolfPass offers users 4,000 hours of golf lessons and instructional content from top players, in addition to Golf Channel films and exclusive original programming. The service was developed in partnership between top golfer Rory McIlroy and NBC Sports Group, and […]

NENT Group secures int’l Premier League rights in six-year deal

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has secured the exclusive rights to show English Premier League football on the Viaplay streaming service in the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, where the streaming service will launch soon, from 2022 to 2028. The six-season deal expands NENT Group’s long-term partnership with the Premier League to nine European […]

Orange Spain offers download to view on TV service

Orange España has introduced the option of downloading content for offline viewing on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. The move means that orange TV customers in Spain will have the option to view programming without an internet connection, enabling them to watch content while travelling or on holiday, or in other locations where connectivity […]

Telefónica forges partnership with TikTok, launches app on Movistar+

Telefónica has formed a partnership with TikTok to collaborate in a number of areas in Europe and Latin America, beginning with the launch of Living App TikTok Extra as part of Movistar+, the telco’s pay TV service in Spain. Movistar Fusión customers in over a million homes across Spain with UHD set-tops will be able […]

SPI/FilmBox launches Dizi in Belarus with A1

SPI/FilmBox has announced the launch of its premium drama channel Dizi in Belarus. The launch comes as a part of a deal with private telco A1 to distribute Dizi as a linear and SVOD channel through its IPTV platform.  The deal will also bring the Timeless Dizi channel to all A1 subscribers in the country, […]

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