Multiplay and IPTV growing in Spain

One million additional Spanish pay TV subscribers signed up for multi-play offerings featuring fixed and mobile telephony and fixed and mobile broadband in 2017, taking the total of such multi-play subscribers to 5.5 million, according to figures compiled by regulator the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC). Pay TV subscribers numbered 6.59 […]

Spain sees strong pay TV and multiplay growth

The number of pay TV subscribers in Spain increased by 6.6% in the year to September 2017, taking the total to 6.4 million, according to statistics compiled by markets regulator the CNMC. Growth was driven by the success of bundled offerings. The number of quadruple and quintuple-play packages sold increased by one million in the […]

Orient Hontai closes in on Mediapro, CNMC drops football case

Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital is close to finalising the purchase of a majority stake in Spanish broadcaster and production outfit Mediapro, according to local press. Orient expects to finalise the acquisition of stakes held by Torreal, Televisa and Gerad Romy to take a 53.5% stake in Mediapro, which holds the rights to La […]

Spanish households failing to use parental controls

Over half of Spanish households are aware of the availability of parental controls on their TV service, but only a small minority actually use them, according to research by regulator the CNMC. According to the CNMC’s household panel, some 65% of households are aware of ways to filter what their kids see, but only 11% […]

Quintuple-play now dominating Spanish pay TV

Pay TV revenues in Spain increased by 15% year-on-year in the first quarter of the year to €520.7 million, driven by continued strong take-up of multi-play services, according to data compiled by regulator the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencía (CNMC). According to the regulator, 86% of pay TV subscribers in Spain took […]

Spanish homes spending nearly €90 on multi-play bundles

Spanish households were paying almost €90 a month for ‘quintuple-play’ services – bundles that include fixed and mobile telephony, fixed and mobile broadband, and pay TV – at the end of 2016, according to regulator the CNMC. According the watchdog’s household panel, the average expenditure by households on electronic communications services soared by 8% in […]

Watchdog fines DTS for failure to meet content spend threshold

Spanish regulator the CNMC has fined Telefónica-owned pay TV operator DTS €661,796 for failure to meet its obligations to finance European content creation in 2014. The CNMC found that DTS, which formerly operated pay TV services under the Canal+ brand, was in breach of its obligations under the Spanish audiovisual communications law, which requires telecom […]

TV holds its own as Spanish media usage evolves

Spaniards are continuing to use the TV as the major device for the consumption of audiovisual content, according to the latest survey of media habits by regulator the CNMC. According to the CNMC’s household survey panel, Spaniards spend average of 3.1 hours viewing content on the TV during the working week and four hours on […]

Euskaltel names new board as shareholders meet to OK Telecable acquisition

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel’s shareholders are expected to give a green light to the company’s acquisition of Zegona Communications-owned Telecable today, along with a capital increase and the expansion of the company’s board from 10 to 12 members. The new board will include Robert Samuelson as representative of Zegona, which will hold a 15% […]

CNMC: DTS on notice for failure to meet content commitment

Spanish media regulator the CNMC has said it may sanction DTS – the pay TV outfit operating the Canal+ service that was acquired by Telefónica in 2014 – for failing to meet its obligations to finance European audiovisual content. Under Spain’s audiovisual communication law, failing to meet this obligation can open companies up to fines […]