Swisscom launches new TV box as centre of smart home

Swisscom has launched a new TV box that will serve as a smart home control centre with an integrated voice assistant. Swisscom has also revamped its TV user interface as part of the launch.  The new box comes with a new voice assistant that can be used to control the TV, including switching channels, launching […]

Disney+ set for 2020 Asian expansion

Disney+ is to launch in India and Southeast Asia in the second half of 2020 via the Disney-owned Hotstar, according to reports. US outlet Techcrunch has reported that the fledgling streamer’s titles will be made available via Star India’s popular OTT player Hotstar around June. Disney will then expand Hotstar – newly stocked with Disney+ […]

Altice Europe turns in better-than-expected Q3

Altice Europe has turned in better than expected results for the third quarter, with revenue up by 6.9% and adjusted EBITDA rising by 8.8% on the back of an improved performance at Altice France.  Altice France grew its residential base by 41,000 customers, with its fibre customer base increasing by 59,000 taking fibre penetration to […]

Lionsgate signs output deal with Amazon

Amazon is set to be the first-window streaming home for Lionsgate films in the UK, beginning in January. The platform has struck an output deal with the studio that covers recently released and forthcoming theatrical feature films. The multi-year deal begins on 1 January 2020 and will allow Prime members access to films such as […]

TDC hit by TV losses in competitive market

Danish telco and cable operator TDC lost TV subscribers in the year to September and saw its TV profits decline sharply.  The operator had 987,000 TV subscribers at the end of the period, down 20,000 year on year. Gross profit from TV declined by 12.8% due to the inclusion SVOD services in its TV packages, […]

Telecom Italia reorganises technology and innovation team

Telecom Italia (TIM) has made a series of changes to its technology and innovation team, creating a chief innovation and partnership office headed by Elisabetta Romano, responsible for the group’s technological positioning on innovation and for the medium/long-term development strategy, as well as maximising the value of partnerships and alliances with major Italian and international […]

Melita names new head of customer experience

Maltese cable operator Melita has named Graziella Costa as its new head of customer experience. Costa will be tasked with continuously improving the experience of existing and potential customers. Costa was previously head of projects at Melita. The operator said that her appointment comes after a period Wien it has invested heavily in new processes […]

Labour proposes free broadband for all and nationalisation of BT’s fixed line network

The UK’s Labour party has announced its plans to nationalise BT’s fixed line network to provide free full-fibre broadband for the country should it win the upcoming general election. The party has said that it will nationalise Openreach, along with parts of BT Technology, BT Enterprise and BT Consumer and that the move will be […]

BT retains Champions League rights

BT has retained the rights to the Champions League in the UK. The deal is worth a total of £1.2 billion for the three year period – £400 million per season – and is a slight increase on the previous £394 million per season contract.  Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said: “We’re delighted […]

US Pay TV providers lost 1.7 million subs in Q3

Major US pay TV providers lost over 1.7 million subscribers in the most recent quarter. According to a new report from Leichtman Research Group, this is significantly more than the 975,000 subscribers lost in Q3 2018.  The research was made up of figures the top pay TV providers which represent about 93% of the market. […]