EU’s Nowo decision gives national audiovisual taxes the thumbs up

Portuguese PayTV platform Nowo appears to be liable for €2.9 million in back taxes following a decision by the EU Court of Justice made at the end of last week. The COJ ruled that an audiovisual tax, collected from Portuguese PayTV operators is not contrary to EU Law. As a result, Nowo is required to […]

Vodafone Portugal to acquire rival Nowo

Vodafone Portugal is to acquire smaller cable rival Nowo. Vodafone’s Portuguese unit has entered into an agreement with Llorca JVCO Ltd, a shareholder of MásMóvil Ibercom to acquire Cabonitel, the holding company of Nowo. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close in the first half of next year. Nowo is […]

Timeless Dizi Channel comes to Nowo in Portugal

SPI/FilmBox has announced a distribution deal for its premium drama channel Dizi in Portugal with leading telco Nowo. Timeless Dizi Channel, which offers a leading range of Turkish drama series, will be available on channel number 47 to Nowo customers.  Dizi joins other channels from the SPI/FilmBox portfolio that are offered by Nowo. These include: […]

Nine in 10 Portuguese homes subscribe to pay TV services

Almost the eternity of Portugal subscribes to a pay TV service, according to the country’s communications regulator Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM). A new report from the regulator found that, in Q3 2020, nine out of every 10 households were receiving TV via a subscription. This represents a growth of 3.6% year-over-year. The number of […]

Portugal pay TV industry sees growth

The pay TV industry in Portugal has seen modest growth of 4.1% in the first half of 2020, bucking an international cord-cutting trend. According to Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM), the country’s national regulatory authority for the communications sector, 89.3% of Portuguese households have a pay TV subscription, up 3.3% in the same period of […]

Pay TV continues to grow in Portugal, driven by FTTH

Pay TV is continuing to grow in Portugal, which saw a 4.1% rise in subscriber numbers in the year to March, taking total pay TV penetration to 89%. Numbers grew by 160,000 over the year to reach 4.1 million, according to statistics compiled by regulator ANACOM. Growth was primarily driven by bundled offerings over fibre-to-the-home […]

Over half of Portuguese broadband now fibre

Over half of Portuguese fixed broadband connections were via fibre by the end of 2019, according to data released by telecom regulator ANACOM. According to the watchdog’s statistics, 50.6% of fixed broadband connections were fibre at the end of last year, compared with 45.2% a year earlier. The number of connected lines increased by 297,000 […]

Eleven Sports secures distribution with all operators in Portugal

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has now secured distribution deals with all four major TV operators in Portugal. The latest agreements meant that Eleven Sports will be available for subscription on TV platforms in 3.9 million homes, achieving 100% Pay TV distribution in the country. Eleven has struck deals with Altice, NOS and Vodafone alongside its original launch partner in the country Nowo. […]

Fibre takes pole position as TV access technology in Portugal

Fibre is now the principal way of accessing pay TV services in Portugal, with 1.47 million subscribers or 38.2% of the country’s total, according to regulator ANACOM. Cable comes second, with 1.34 million subscribers or 34.9% of the total, followed by DTH satellite with 13.6%. ADSL is now only used by 13.4% of pay TV […]

Portugal’s Nowo adds four SPI/Filmbox channels

Portuguese operator Nowo is adding four SPI/FilmBox channels to its portfolio after agreeing a deal with SPI International. Now is adding the DocuBox HD, FilmBox Art House, Fast&FunBox HD and FashionBox HD channels to its line-up. “I am very pleased to begin a new partnership with Nowo, which will further strengthen our position in Portugal […]