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Altice Portugal adds Globo to line-up

Altice Portugal has added leading Brazilian channel Globo to its Meo TV offering. The HD version of Globo will appear on Meo’s EPG in 10th position on the grid, and the channel will also be available in SD, free to all Meo customers on fibre, ADSL, satellite and via the Meo Go app. The addition […]

Bouygues plays down speculation on report of possible Altice France move

French construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has played down a press report that it in talks to acquire Altice France/SFR in a move that would reduce the number of major telecom operators in France from four to three. Bloomberg reported that Bouygues was considering a bid for Altice’s French unit with other investors, citing unnamed sources. According […]

Altice France unveils initiatives for growth, renames SFR Sport

Altice France/SFR CEO Alain Weill has promised a return to growth for the beleaguered French operator. Weill has also renamed the operator’s SFR Sport offering as RMC Sport to aid it in finding new distribution agreements outside the parent organization. The operator also plans to develop its OTT TV offering. Weill told journalists in Paris […]

Altice sees operational improvements, but French unit still lagging

Despite flat year-on-year revenues, Altice Europe is “already starting to see the benefits of intensifying operational focus to improve customer service and drive better subscriber figures”, the company said in its full-year 2017 results statement. Altice said it expected “further significant progress” from this quarter as it attempts to turn its fortunes around by disposing […]

Altice Portugal launches new Sofia TV UI and WiFi-enabled box

Altice Portugal is launching a new TV interface that will be made available to all Meo fibre and ADSL customers along with a new portable 4K WiFi-enabled box. The new UI, Sofia, will be available to all Meo customers with a MEOBox decoder. According to Altice, the interface will incorporate new content discovery features, more […]

Altice’s NextRadioTV joins retransmission fee battle

Altice-owned broadcast outfit NextRadioTV is planning to follow in the footsteps of commercial broadcaster TF1 and demand payment from service providers for the carriage of its TV channels, starting with Free. Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Free’s parent Iliad Telecom, said that the company had received a letter “that resembles the one we received from TF1” […]

Service providers slam new EU e-privacy rules

A group of 50 European service providers, media groups and publishers have called for an urgent review of the EU’s proposed e-privacy regulation, arguing that it will give more power and advantage to global internet giants and penalise providers of advertising-dependent services in Europe as well as new market entrants. The group of media companies […]

Canal+ drops TF1 channels as pair fail to strike deal

Canal+ has ceased broadcasting TF1’s channels and digital services after failing to strike a deal with the commercial broadcaster. Canal+ has also filed a legal complaint with the Paris commercial court, challenging the legality of the broadcaster’s demands. The pay TV group has already pulled TF1’s signals from its Canalsat service and MyCanal web offering. […]

Portuguese watchdog: zero-rated offers break net neutrality rules

Portuguese regulator ANACOM has ordered the country’s main telecom operators to change their broadband offerings after ruling that a number of packages that ‘zero rate’ some applications break net neutrality rules. While the practice of zero rating – exempting applications such as video streaming services from broadband tariffs for example – is not illegal in […]

Richard: Orange will not take part in future French consolidation

Orange will not participate in any future consolidation of the French multi-play telco business, according to CEO Stéphane Richard, despite ongoing speculation about the future of Altice France/SFR. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong full-year results, Richard said that Orange would not play a role in any future combination except “to facilitate it” […]

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