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US pay TV subscriber losses mount

The top 10 US pay TV providers recorded a total net loss of over 358,000 subscribers in the second quarter, with gains for OTT TV options DirecTV Now and Sling TV only partially offsetting losses from their parent companies and the cable operators, according to Informitv’s latest Multiscreen Index. According to the latest edition of […]

DirecTV Latin America taps Friend MTS to protect sports content

DirecTV Latin America has tapped content security specialist Friend MTS to provide protection against streaming piracy for its sports channels. The pay TV operator’s deployment of Friend MTS’ technology included the broadcast of the FIFA World Cup and will include the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga Santander. As part of the agreement, Friend […]

Reese Witherspoon VOD service launches with AT&T

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and AT&T will be debuting two new female-driven series on DirectTV, DirectTV Now and U-Verse with the launch of the Hello Sunshine VOD channel. The series will include Witherspoon’s first unscripted title Shine On with Reese, which premiers on July 17. It will also feature The Home Edit’s Master the Mess, premiering September […]

US top 10 TV providers lost 200k subs in Q1

The top 10 TV service providers in the US lost over 200,000 customers between them in Q1 2018, according to Informitv’s Multiscreen Index. According to the research outfit, there were 373,000 fewer satellite subscribers and 245,000 fewer cable TV customers among the top 10 US providers at the end of the quarter. Over the same […]

Smithsonian Channel launches on DirecTV Latin America

Smithsonian Channel has continued its international rollout by unveiling a new Latin American channel. Following previous launches into Canada and Singapore, the new LatAm feed will  be available on DirecTV’s Oro HD package in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and the non-US Caribbean. According to the channel, the LatAm will feature a wide range […]

Canal+ secures distribution on DirecTV

French pay TV provider Canal+ has secured distribution of its pay TV channels Canal+ International and CNews on the DirecTV platform in the US. Since March 19, DirecTV customers subscribing to the FrenchDirect option have access to both channels. Canal+ International is a new general entertainment channel aimed at Francophone viewers in the US. The […]

AT&T chief pours cold water on CNN sale

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has hit out at suggestions that his company could sell CNN and poured cold water on reports that the US Department of Justice was calling for a disposal of the news channel as the price for giving a green light to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. Stephenson, attending the New York […]

AT&T could be looking to Android TV as DirecTV sub losses mount

AT&T is set to introduce a new Android TV-based set-top box that could be used as a replacement technology for DirecTV’s satellite platform, according to a report in Variety, which spotted the telco’s FCC filing for the device. The new box, referred to as the C71KW-400, is described in the relevant documents as an ‘AT&T/DirecTV […]

Mediaset strikes deal to launch international channel on DirecTV

Mediaset has struck a deal with US telecom and pay TV operator AT&T to include its international channel, Mediaset Italia, in DirecTV’s satellite offering. The channel, which is targeted at the Italian diaspora, includes the best of Mediaset programming in a single offering. The deal with AT&T is part of a move to target the […]

US satellite TV operators suffer ‘biggest ever losses in Q2’

US satellite TV providers DirecTV and Dish suffered more combined subscriber losses in Q2 2017 than in any previous quarter, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG). The research found that the US’s main satellite TV providers lost about 435,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year – compared to a gain of some 15,000 […]

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