Anacom data shows Portugal’s DTT sector is holding up well

Portuguese media regulator Anacom has issued a new year report in which it says subscription TV signal distribution remains the main way that Portuguese families access TV (87.9%). However, it also presented an upbeat picture for DTT, which was used by 38.6% of homes in 2022 to access major channels free of charge. Factoring in second […]

Altice Portugal makes last minute decision to renew DTT licence

Portuguese media reports suggest Altice Portugal wants to renew its DTT licence. Having been set a deadline of December 9th to decide, the company has told regulator Anacom that it would like to extend the licence, which it has held since 2008. According to news outlets Lusa and Dinheiro Vivo, an official source close to […]

Disney+ strikes new carriage deal with Vodafone Portugal

Streaming platform Disney+ has continued its global rollout by joining Vodafone Portugal’s latest set-top box, the VboxPro 4K. Subscribers will have access to the full suite of Disney content across a range of devices including TV, computers and smartphones. Luís Fernambuco, general manager of The Walt Disney Company Portugal, said the deal “represents an important […]

NOS launches premium Wi-Fi Total service with Plume

Portuguese multiplay service provider NOS has launched Wi-Fi Total, a new premium WiFi offering that includes individual home diagnosis, installation, 24/7 technical support and permanent remote monitoring of quality.  Positioning itself as a ‘consultant in Wi-Fi’ NOS said it had evolved its previous Power Wi-Fi offering to a simpler and more complete service, encompassing installation, […]

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 […]

Altice Portugal taps Media Distillery for EPG Correction Distilery

Service provider Altice Portugal has gone live with AI technology outfit Media Distillery’s EPG Correction Distillery product on its Meo IPTV and OTT services. The Media Distillery technology is designed to ensure accurate start-times and end-times to content for 1.5 million subscribers across the most popular TV channels on Meo, the consumer TV service brand of Altice […]

SkyShowtime to launch in Netherlands and Portugal on October 25

Comcast and Paramount-owned streamer SkyShowtime is to launch in the Netherlands and Portugal on October 25. The launches follow SkyShowtime’s launch across the Nordics last month. Customers in the two countries will have access to exclusive television premieres of first-run theatrical films, new and exclusive scripted series, kids and family content and a selection of […]

Cash-strapped RTP sub-licences FIFA World Cup rights to rivals

Portuguese public broadcaster RTP has sub-licensed a series of FIFA World Cup 2022 rights to rival broadcasters SIC and TVI. RTP secured the rights as part of a FIFA deal with the European Broadcasting Union, signed in 2012. No details have been given on the price paid, but Impresa-owned SIC has started to provide information […]

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 […]

Sonaecom severs link with Dos Santos and takes direct stake in NOS

Portuguese telecoms group Sonaecom has ceased to be an investor in ZOPT, previously a 50:50 joint venture with controversial Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, and has taken control of a 36.8% stake in Portuguese pay TV and broadband provider NOS as a result. Sonaecom effectively exchanged its stake in ZOPT for 26.075% of the share […]

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