Vodafone sees TV subscribers dip but convergent base grows

Vodafone saw its TV base hit by losses in Spain in the quarter to June, but the group claimed success from its marketing of fixed-mobile convergent offerings. Vodafone overall had 9.6 million TV homes in Europe at the end of June, or 13.5 million including the VodafoneZiggo joint venture in the Netherlands. The company said […]

Ampere: US web users watch more online video than Europeans

Compared to Europe, the US has a higher proportion of internet users who watch video online, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm said that US web users out-watch their European counterparts on all major connected devices. In the first quarter of this year some 30% of US internet users said they watched video on […]

New Dutch DTH platform Joyne taps Eutelsat 9B

Joyne, a new Dutch satellite pay TV offering with low-cost flexible packages and a sport-skewed line-up of channels, has tapped Eutelsat to provide capacity via the Eutelsat 9B satellite to reach viewers in the Netherlands and Europe. Joyne is offering a mix of 30 pay and free-to-air channels including Fox Sports HD and Discovery Networks […]

European movies struggling to get on-demand despite SVOD boom

Despite strong growth in on-demand revenues, European movies are struggling to achieve VOD distribution, according to a new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory. The report noted that VOD aggregators are playing an increasingly prominent role in determining the make-up of on-demand catalogues. Total pay on-demand revenues in the EU grew by over half between […]

Dataxis: 22% of TVs sold in Europe last year were 4K

Sales of 4K TVs represented 22% of the overall European TV market in 2016, up from just 10% of TV sales in 2015, according to Dataxis. The research firm said that nearly 12 million 4K TVs were sold in Europe during 2016, representing year-on-year growth of 102%. It estimates this figure will grow to 17 […]

Snapchat launches Spectacles in Europe

Snapchat parent company Snap Inc has started selling its video camera-equipped sunglasses in Europe. Spectacles are available in the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden priced at £129.99 or €149.99. The company announced the US launch of the glasses in September, marking its first move into […]

Sky and A+E Networks extend European partnership

Sky has extended its long-term partnership with A+E Networks and will continue to distribute A+E’s channels across its European footprint. The deal applies to A+E Networks’ six brands in Europe – History, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation, H2, A&E, and Blaze. The latter launched in the UK in September and recently went live in Italy exclusively via […]

M7 Group taps Newtec for DVB-S2X

Pay TV operator M7 Group has tapped satellite technology outfit Newtec to provide broadcast equipment for its new European Direct-to-Home (DTH) transmission sites. M7 will use Newtec’s MCX7000 Multi-Carrier Satellite Gateway, which supports the latest DVB-S2X standard, as well as Newtec’s own efficiency improvement technologies. M7’s adoption of the technology will enable it to add […]

SVOD in western Europe, North America to surpass pay TV by 2021

The number of SVOD customers in western Europe and North America will exceed the number of pay TV subscribers by 2021, according to Ampere Analysis. Ampere predicts there will be 261 million subscription OTT consumers by 2021, exceeding the number of pay TV customers, which will stand at 228 million in north America and Western […]

Spain gains ground in latest Netflix ISP Speed Index

Spain jumped 13 spots to 16th place in Netflix’s most recent global ISP Speed Index, due to speed gains in the country. Netflix’s monthly ISP index found that Spain had an average speed of 3.36 Mbps in February, up from 3.06 Mbps a year earlier. While Telecable remained Spain’s fastest ISP with speeds of 3.82 […]