Vodafone Spain cuts football and pivots to movies and series

Vodafone España is cutting its football offering in favour of moves and series as the central focus of its TV service. The Spanish service provider said it had become unsustainable to offer the El Partizado and Champions League channels at a reasonable price for customers. It said it had declined to accept conditions laid down […]

Orange Spain launches cloud DVR and new packages

Orange España has unveiled a series of improvements to its TV offering. The Spanish operator is launching a new cloud DVR service enabling subscribers to record up to 350 hours of content for a duration of up to six months. Orange has also launched an improved app for smart TVs that it says is more […]

Telefónica figures reveal shift to non-linear viewing

Over 10 million people watch Telefónica’s Movistar+ content each day, with over 20% of content now watched on catch-up. Some 80% of subscribers have adopted an à la carte option to consume content, with video-on-demand the preferred option, according to the Spanish telco. Telefónica said that over 10 million individual users watch its content each […]

Telefónica strikes deal with Mediapro to take Champions League to pay TV

Telefónica has secured rights to UEFA Champions League and Europa League football for the next three seasons after striking a deal with Mediapro, which holds the Spanish rights to both competitions for its BeIN Sports service. The agreement follows Telefónica’s success in securing key rights to Spanish La Liga football. The telco paid €360 million […]

Telefónica-backed taps cryptocurrency for eSports an eSports content creator and aggregator backed by Telefónica’s technology hub, Wayra Barcelona, has teamed up with cryptocurrency specialist Byteball to tap into the use of cryptocurrency as a payment mechanism in eSports. Byteball, which uses the Directed Acylic Graph technology that is seen as a competitor to the Blockchain technology currently most widely […]

Telefónica secures key La Liga rights

Telefónica has secured the two most attractive packages of four lots of top-tier Spanish football rights awarded by La Liga. The Spanish league has so far awarded four blocks of rights to the 2019-22 seasons out of a total possible eight, with Telefónica securing lots four and five for €980 million a season. The telco […]

Telefónica chief outlines transformation agenda

Telefónica stands at a “unique” and “extraordinary” juncture, characterised by disruption, and needs to continue its successful transformation from a voice-based phone company to a digital technology company to prosper in the new age, according to executive chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete. “Today, the biggest distributor of content in the world does not generate a single […]

Euskaltel outlines goals

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has set a modest goal of reaching 1,000 customers in Navarre in June after launching in the province on Orange’s network, with the Basque Country-based operator’s president Alberto García Erauzkin and CEO Francisco Arteche telling its shareholders’ meeting that Euskaltel woud become a much more competitive operator. The pair told […]

AMC International Southern Europe to distribute VR content

AMC Networks International Southern Europe has made a deal with Rooftop Immersive Studio to aggregate and distribute VR content. Rooftop will aggregate VR content on a monthly basis from a wide range of genres with a focus on documentaries and factual VR experiences for AMC’s factual brand Odisea/Odisseia. Rooftop Content Group, the Amsterdam based international […]

Telefónica and Netflix confirm global partnership

Telefónica and Netflix have announced a global partnership to integrate Netflix’s service into Telefonica’s TV and video platforms in Europe and Latin America. The deal was announced via a video posted to Twitter, which featured Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Telefónica executive chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete confirming rumours of the deal and signing the contract. “This […]

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