Portugal’s Meo signs up for sports reciprocity deal

Portugal’s leading operator Portugal Telecom/Meo has joined the country’s other ISPs to agree a new deal designed to ensure reciprocity of sports rights across their various platforms. Altice-owned Portugal Telecom/Meo, Nos, Vodafone and Cabovisão have all agreed a deal whereby rights to broadcasts of sporting events and rights to channels covering sporting events, including football […]

Nos launches channel, strikes sports deal with Cabovisão

Portuguese cable and pay TV operator Nos has launched its own TV channel, which will house a mix of music, movies, sport, kids and special events content. Nos said that the channel, Canal Nos, would serve as a platform to showcase its innovation in new products and services. The channel will serve as the official […]

Crime + Investigation to launch in Portugal

A+E Networks and AMC Networks have launched their Crime + Investigation channel in Portugal exclusively via operator NOS. The network is a joint venture between AMC Networks International-Iberia and A+E Networks and will be available on NOS channel 113. “Thanks to NOS, we are proud to offer widely recognised programming on an international level to […]

NOS launches next generation Uma TV service

Portuguese cable operator NOS has launched a next-generation hybrid IP video service, promising more personalisation, voice interaction and 4K content. Uma TV is designed to seamlessly integrate live, on-demand, OTT, catch-up and cloud DVR content and new Uma TV-branded apps will offer the same UI and content line-up across different screens. The new service will […]

Nos and Vodafone Portugal to share sports rights

Portuguese service providers Nos and Vodafone have struck a deal to share their national and international sports content. The deal is designed to ensure that football matches based on rights held by each player, as well as distribution rights to sports channels and football club channels. The agreement will take effect from next season, ensuring […]

Discovery licenses Olympic rights in Netherlands

Discovery Communications has licensed the Dutch rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games to pubcaster NOS. The linear TV and multiplatform sub-licence agreement means both events will air on Dutch free TV. A stipulation of Discovery’s acquisition of the European rights to the Olympic Games last year was that it must ensure the most […]

Pay TV penetration increases in Portugal, driven by fibre

Pay TV penetration in Portugal stood at 86.6% at the end of last year, up 4.1 percentage points on 2014, according to figures compiled by regulator Anacom. According to the regulator, Portugal had 3.52 million pay TV homes at the end of December, up 167,000 on the 2014 figure. Growth was led by fibre-based offerings, […]

Nos sees strong TV and convergent packages growth

Portuguese cable and pay TV operator Nos saw strong growth in its pay TV and convergent customer base last year after a period of stagnation. The company’s pay TV base grew by 4.5% over the course of the year to 1.54 million, while overall revenue-generating units grew by 10.9% to 5.44 million. In pay TV, […]

Meo pulls Porto Canal from Nos as football battle deepens

Portuguese service provider Meo – the brand used by Altice-owned Portugal Telecom – has pulled Porto Canal, the TV channel of football club FC Porto, from the TV service of rival pay TV operator Nos after the pair failed to strike an acceptable deal. The pair are engaged in a battle over football rights. Meo […]

Nos secures key football deal

Portuguese pay TV operator Nos has secured the rights to the matches of the country’s leading football team Benfica, beating off competition from Altice, owner of rival pay TV operator Portugal Telecom/Meo. Nos agreed to pay €400 million for Benfica’s domestic and international matches. The contract also includes the right to broadcast and distribute Benfica […]