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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