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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 […]

Piracy is ‘number three’ TV player in Latin America

The level of pay TV piracy in Latin America means that illicit consumption of content is effectively the ‘number three player’ in the market behind América Movil and DirecTV, according to research by Dataxis. According to the research group, some 7% of households, or 11.8 million consumers, viewed pirated pay TV services in 2016. However, […]

AT&T reportedly planning new role for CEO in post-merger reorganisation

AT&T is to follow up its US$85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner with a management overhaul that will see AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson drop his current title and become chairman of the combined organisation, with separate telecoms and media divisional CEOs reporting to him, according to a report by Bloomberg. According to the report, citing […]

Starz strikes deal with DirecTV streaming service

Starz has inked a deal with AT&T’s DirecTV that will see its channels launch on the pay TV platform’s streaming service. Lionsgate-owned Starz has been aggressively expanding its TV Everywhere and streaming footprint in the US and the new agreement will see the Starz and Starz Encore services launch on DirecTV Now. The channels will […]

AT&T launches mobile-skewed OTT service DirecTV Now

AT&T will launch its much-anticipated OTT TV service DirecTV Now tomorrow, along with two other streaming options – FreeVIEW and Fullscreen. DirecTV Now, which like rival service Sling TV from Dish Network is intended to appeal to cord-cutters, will offer four packages with a starting price of US$35 for 60 channels, branded as ‘Live a […]

FCC warns AT&T on ‘zero-rating’ DirecTV Now

The US communications regulator, the FCC, has warned AT&T that it is concerned about its plans for the DirecTV Now streaming service. DirecTV, which is owned by US telco AT&T, is rolling out its streaming product later this month with about 100 channels for US$35 (€32), and AT&T will reportedly scrap data charges for its […]

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