Pay TV boost for Portugal Telecom, Brazil’s Oi refocuses offering

Portugal Telecom’s pay TV base grew by 7.5% in the course of 2013 to 1.315 million subscribers, while the company’s triple-play base increased by 14.3% to 952,000 – representing 45.8% of its customer base.  The company said its share of the Portuguese pay TV market grew from 39.2% in 2012 to 41.4% in 2013. Portuguese […]

Vivendi’s GVT abandons plan for pay TV joint venture

Vivendi’s Brazilian subsidiary GVT has ended discussions with US DTH provider EchoStar about launching a joint pay TV venture in South America’s largest country. Vivendi said that it remains “firmly committed to accelerating the deployment of GVT’s pay TV business” and that  “GVT will be pursuing its active growth development in this field by its […]

BBC and ITV confirm World Cup split

The BBC and ITV have confirmed the split of matches between them for the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil. ITV will show the opening match of the tournament between hosts Brazil and Croatia on June, 12. The BBC will kick off with Spain v Holland, a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final on June […]

Global pay TV subscribers to pass 1 billion, driven by BRIC growth

The global pay TV subscriber base will “eclipse 1 billion by 2018” driven by growth in the emerging economies of Brazil, Russian, India and China, according to new stats.  ABI Research claims that the BRIC countries will account for 68% of total net additional subscribers by 2018, and that by this year the pay TV […]

Fourtou: Vivendi could spin off media arm, retain SFR

Vivendi could retain control of telecom group SFR and spin off its more profitable media arm – comprising not only Canal+ and Universal Media Group but also Brazilian telco GVT, according to chairman Jean-René Fourtou.  Interviewed by French daily Le Monde, Fourtou said that a sale of SFR in current market conditions was not on […]

Oi and Portugal Telecom to merge to create Brazil-based mega-telco

Portugal Telecom and Brazilian telecom operator Oi have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to merge their companies in a move that would see the creation of a combined entity headquartered in Rio de Janeiro.  The merger follows the creation of a strategic alliance led by former Portugal Telecom and Oi CEO Zeinal Bava in 2010. […]

Vivendi teams up with EchoStar for Brazilian pay TV plan

Vivendi’s Brazilian telecom subsidiary GVT has formed a partnership with EchoStar Technologies to create a pay TV joint venture in Brazil.  The pair plan to create an entity that could be a major player in the competitive Brazilian pay TV market ahead of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games two years later. […]

One in four homes to receive satellite TV by 2018

By 2018 almost 400 million homes will receive TV signals via satellite, up by almost 100 million compared to the end of 2012, representing a quarter of global TV households. According to the new Digital TV Research stats, the number of pay satellite TV (DBS or DTH) homes will reach 251 million by 2018, up […]

SES launches SES-6 satellite, signs up Oi Brazil

Satellite operator SES has successfully launched its SES-6 satellite and signed Brazilian telco Oi as a new anchor customer.  Oi becomes the largest user of the new satellite through the long-term capacity agreement to provide DTH services in Brazil. Oi chief operating officer James Meaney said the extra satellite capacity would allow the firm “to […]

Viacom reveals audience’s social media habits

Viacom has unveiled the results of a study into how viewers of its channels use social media to interact with TV. The US-based company, which runs channels including MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, surveyed over 5,000 viewers across the US, UK, Germany, Brazil and Russia. The respondents were all in the 13-to-49 demo all regularly used […]

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