CNMC assesses 2015 content financing performance of operators

Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC has completed its assessment of how well the country’s TV operators and broadcasters met their obligations to finance European and Spanish content in 2015. The country’s audiovisual media law requires telecom operators that provide TV services and TV operators to devote 5% of their annual revenues to financing European films […]

CNMC: Spanish TV spend increased in 2014, but Canal+ fell short

Spain’s audiovisual service providers invested €212.6 million in Spanish and European film and TV series creation in 2014, but History Channel and DTS – the former Canal+ now owned by Telefónica – failed to meet their obligations, according to figures released by competition regulator the CNMC. While History Channel undershot its obligation only by a […]

Spanish watchdog fines Telefónica for misapplication of faults penalties

Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has imposed a €5 million fine on Telefónica for charging rival operators for faults on wholesale leased lines. According to the regulator, the telecom operator broke rules governing the supply of wholesale lines – known as the Oferta de Acceso al Bucle de Abonado (OBA) – by levying penalties for faults […]

Spain sees growth in pay TV and smart TV penetration

Pay TV penetration in Spain has grown by 10% over the last year, while 28% of the country’s installed base of TVs are now connected to the internet, up 17.3%, according to figures released by the country’s competition regulator, the CNMC. According to the CNMC, 26.7% of Spaniards said they took pay TV at the […]

Spanish pay TV users grow, satellite declines

The number of pay TV users in Spain passed 5.7 million at the end of the first quarter of this year, according to figures compiled by competition regulator the CNMC, with IPTV and cable adding a million customers over the year to the end of March, offsetting a decline of half a million satellite users. […]

Court quashes fines against Mediapro and clubs in football deal case

Spain’s second highest court, the Audencia Nacional, has quashed a set of fines levied on Mediapro and four leading football by competition watchdog the CNMC over deals between the Catalan broadcaster and the clubs – Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Rácing de Santander – dating from November 2013. The CNMC had fined Mediapro for […]

Vodafone in Spain turns to regulator to secure Formula 1

Vodafone España has appealed to the countries telecom regulator, the CNMC, to force Telefónica to make its coverage of Formula 1 available. According to local reports, citing Vodafone executive Pedro Peña, Telefónica has refused to make the motorsport coverage available to rival players until July, when it will make its premium services available to third […]

CNMC publishes draft rules on fibre access in Spain

Spanish regulator the CNMC has published draft rules on the regulation of wholesale broadband markets that will see Telefónica forced to give access to its fibre network in towns and cities where there are fewer than three operators deploying next-generation networks. Telefónica will have to make its copper and fibre networks available to rivals on […]

CNMC approves Telecable acquisition

Spanish competition watchdog the CNMC has approved the acquisition of regional cable operator Telecable by UK-based investment group Zegona Communcations. Zegona, headed by former Virgin Media executives Eamonn O’Hare and Robert Samuelson, agreed to acquire the Asturias region operator last month for €640 million in a deal that followed hard on the heels of Basque […]

CNMC approves Canal+ acquisition

Spanish competition regulator the CNMC has, as expected, approved the acquisition of Canal+ by Telefónica with conditions, according to local press. The move clears the way for Telefónica to acquire the 56% of Canal+ that it does not already own from Prisa.  According to newspaper Expansión, the CNMC will require Telefónica to make 50% of […]