Pay TV Operators

Polsat Plus launches new UEFA Champions League interactive functionality

Polish pay TV operator Polsat Plus has launched a new interactive feature available as part of its Polsat Box Go online service. The new feature presents additional information about all UEFA Champions League matches available live. The Polish language overlay can be activated by the viewer at any time during a match. The function can be […]

Vodafone and Three confirm they are in UK merger talks

Vodafone and Three-owner CK Hutchison Holdings (CKHH) have confirmed that they are in discussions about a possible combination of Three UK and Vodafone UK. The envisaged transaction would involve both companies combining their UK businesses, with CKHH owning 49% and Vodafone 51% of the combined business. The relative ownership would be achieved through a differential […]

Denmark’s Telmore launches revamped streaming offering

Danish alternative mobile player Telmore, part of Nuuday, is launching the next generation of its Telmore Play offering, which gives customers a number of streaming services included in their mobile subscription at a low price.  The new launch is designed to meet a demand from customers for a more flexible entertainment offer and to be […]

Vodafone completes sale of 50% of German fibre JV to Altice

Vodafone has completed the sale of 50% of its German Fibre-to-the-Home company (FibreCo) to Altice. The creation of the JV received European Commission approval last month. The jointly owned FibreCo will deploy fibre-to-the-home to up to seven million homes in Germany over a six-year period. Over the rollout period, FibreCo intends to invest up to […]

Vidgo launches on Sony smart TVs in the US

US live TV streaming service Vidgo is now available on Sony smart TVs across the US. Vidgo is offering all new and existing Sony TV users across the US a free 30-day trial to its Vidgo Premium package – normally priced at US$79.95 per month – with no obligation for a contract. With this 30-day […]

Vivendi delivers upbeat report on Canal+, with subs now at 25.5m

French media giant Vivendi has reported that its revenues for 2022 increased by 10.1% to €9.6 billion, “driven by the activities of Havas and Canal+ Group, as well as a historically high contribution from (video game publisher) Gameloft”. It also revealed losses of around €1bn “mainly due to the deconsolidation of Telecom Italia”. Commenting, Yannick […]

Ofcom plans to restrict use of ‘fibre’ to describe FTTH networks only

UK regulator Ofcom is to consult on a plan to stop broadband service providers from using the word ‘fibre’ to describe any type of network connection other than FTTH. Under the watchdog’s planned guidance, broadband providers would only be able to use the terms ‘fibre’ and ‘full-fibre’ on their websites and in contracts if their […]

Sky Deutschland strikes first collective remuneration deal with creatives

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has struck agreements with two groups representing TV creatives in Germany on common rules for remuneration.   Sky has concluded agreements with Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di) and the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. (BFFS), which represent performing artists and other creatives on fair and appropriate payment for contributors. The agreement also sets rules […]

Paramount exploring BET sale with Tyler Perry, Byron Allen named as potential buyers

Paramount Global is exploring a sale of BET Media, with Tyler Perry and The Weather Channel owner Byron Allen among potential suitors. The BET division is focused on Black culture and includes flagship network BET, streamer BET+, VH1 – which moved into the division last year – and BET Studios. The latter was launched by Paramount in […]

SF Anytime buys Nuuday’s Blockbuster

Swedish SVOD service SF Anytime has bought Danish streaming service Blockbuster from owner Nuuday. SF Anytime will acquire all of Blockbuster’s customer relationships along with the brand, following the deal. The two companies will continue to operate under their own brands, but will offer a unified and broader content to their customers. The sale strengthens SF […]

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