Movistar+ launches on Apple TV

Telefónica has made its pay TV service Movistar+ available on Apple TV – the latest move by TV operators to expand their footprint beyond the confines of the operator-controlled set-top box. The operator said that the move represented another step in the expansion of the ecosystem of devices through which its TV platform is available […]

Movistar+ taps Ateme for pay TV and OTT headend

Telefónica pay TV service Movistar+ has tapped technology outfit Ateme’s Titan solution converged software headend, for distribution of its live DTH/OTT services. Titan comprises a pure software-based encoder that can run on any COTS or virtualised server. According to Ateme, it provides Movistar+ with bandwidth savings in MPEG-2 and H.264, resulting in savings in satellite […]

Spanish watchdog extends pay TV restrictions on Telefónica

Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has extended restrictions placed on Telefónica related to its acquisition of pay TV operation DTS in 2015 by a further three years. Telefónica is likely to appeal the ruling before the Spanish National Court, the Audencia Nacional. The CNMC has extended to provisions for the maximum three years allowed, with […]

Movistar+ adds picture-in-picture for simultaneous viewing

Customers of Spanish telco Telefónica’s TV service Movistar+ now have the ability to watch two different channels simultaneously on the TV screen with the introduction of picture-in-picture technology to the operator’s service. PiP functionality can be used by the more than one million customers who have a UHD set-top and are connected to the operator’s […]

Telefónica’s Movistar+ secures Champions League rights

Telefónica’s Movistar+ platform has secured rights to the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League until the 2023-24 season. The agreement gives Movistar+. broadcasting rights to the main European competitions both for residential customers and the HORECAS market of hotels, restaurants, cafés and public premises in Spain and Andorra. Movistar+ also has rights to […]

Movistar+ connected devices surpass 10 million

The number of devices connected to Telefónica’s Movistar+ pay TV service has surpassed 10 million, according to the operator, with the service being viewed on some six million TV sets each month. The operator said that the coronavirus lockdown had helped boost the number of devices connected to the service to a historic record of […]

Vodafone Spain reports Movistar-Disney deal to competition authority

Vodafone Spain has complained to the country’s competition authority about Telefónica’s deal with Disney. According to El Espanyol, Vodafone has sent a letter to the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) which claims that the deal for Movistar to be the ‘strategic distributor’ of Disney+ violates conditions imposed upon Telefónica when it […]

Telefónica launches new Movistar+ voice remote

Spanish pay TV operator Telefónica has announced the launch of a new voice remote control for Movistar+. The new remote, launching on February 24, will allow users to interact with the service through their voice and connects to the UHD and UHD Smart WiFi decoders via infra-red and Bluetooth. The remote will lean on Telefónica’s […]

Movistar+ steps in to air Saudi Supercopa

Telefónica’s pay TV service Movistar+ is to broadcast the next three editions of the Supercopa de España football competition, which is controversially being hosted by Saudi Arabia in January. Movistar+ will transmit all of the matches from the competition, which will feature top Spanish clubs Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid and Valencia battling […]

Movistar+: ‘TV channels are going to be here forever’

Traditional editorial curation will remain a key part of video services and will not be supplanted by algorithm-driven content discovery, according to a panel of pay TV and OTT TV executives at the Video Exchange Streaming event in London today.  Sergio Oslé Varona, president of Movistar+ said that the concept of the traditional curated channel […]

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