Pay TV Operators

Sky eyes online-only Sky Q box for UK

Sky is reportedly eying a launch of a streaming-only version of Sky Q for the UK market.  The concept was initially proposed by former Sky UK CEO Stephen van Rooyen in 2017 and was scheduled to launch in 2018 but talk of such a product then went quiet.  After several years, UK paper The Sunday […]

Sky’s streaming partnership with ViacomCBS should bring out the best in both companies

Seemingly out of nowhere, Comcast-owned Sky this week announced a European collaborative streaming project with ViacomCBS. The service, dubbed SkyShowtime, will reach more than 20 European territories encompassing 90 million homes. Importantly for Sky, the SVOD will be launched in markets outside the operator’s existing pay TV and OTT footprint.  Details on pricing and a […]

Boost for Bezeq expected from yes merger and infrastructure-ISP combo

Israeli service provider Bezeq’s merger of its Bezeq International consumer business with direct-to-home pay TV operator yes, the combination of infrastructure and ISP divisions and the planned separation of its business-focused ICT division into a separate wholly-owned company will deliver significant benefits for the company, according to analysts at Jefferies. According to Jefferies, the acquisition […]

Polsat pay TV base declines but broadband and mobile subs rise

Polish pay TV service Cyfrowy Polsat – now renamed Polsat Box – saw its TV base decline by 40,000 in the year to June, despite growth in broadband and mobile subscribers. Polsat Plus Group said the decline was in the number of satellite TV customers it served. The group added 447,000 contract services in the […]

Finland’s DNA adds Amazon Prime Video to TV Hubi service

      Finnish cable and telecom service provider DNA has added Amazon Prime Video to its Android TV-based DNA TV Hubi offering. Amazon Prime Video joins Netflix, Disney+ and Paramount+ on the DNA platform. The Finnish telco said it was seeing increased demand for new streaming services, citing its own Digital Lifestyles survey, which […]

DirecTV Stream to launch next week

AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now will be rebranded and repackaged as DirecTV Stream from August 26. This is the first major change for the brand since AT&T completed the spin-off of DirecTV as a standalone business with investment firm TPG earlier this month. The company said that the newly branded DirecTV Stream “will become […]

US pay TV operators lost almost 1.25 million subscribers in Q2

The US pay TV industry lost 1.23 million subscribers during the second quarter of 2021, a new report has revealed.  According to Leichtman Research Group, the top pay TV providers in the country now account for about 77.6 million subscribers. This is made up of 42.6 million users subscribing to the top seven cable companies, […]

Cyfrowy Polsat unveils new 4K DUO hybrid 4K set-top

Cyfrowy Polsat, the Polish pay TV operator that is to change its name to Polsat Box from September, has unveiled a new hybrid connected 4K set-top that will be a core part of the new offering. The new box comes with what Polsat describes as ‘DUO’ functionality, meaning it can be connected to satellite, IPTV […]

BeIN Media and Movistar+ secure Serie A deals

BeIN Media has struck a deal with Serie A’s international media rights partner Infront giving beIN Sports the exclusive rights to the top-tier italian football league in nine territories, including France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Brunei and East Timor, until 2024. The deal will also see beIN broadcast Serie A in three […]

Comcast and ViacomCBS team up for SkyShowtime European streamer

Sky owner Comcast has teamed up with ViacomCBS to launch a new joint venture streaming service targeting more than 20 European territories encompassing 90 million homes. The service, to be called SkyShowtime and scheduled for launch next year, will bring together entertainment, movies and original series from the NBCUniversal, Sky and ViacomCBS portfolio of brands, […]

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