Spain


Canal+ in stand-off with French football league as payment falls due

French pay TV operator Canal+ and the country’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) are in a stand-off after the pay TV service provider refused to release the next instalment of payment due for the rights to air Ligue 1 football matches, according to French sports paper L’Équipe. According to the paper, Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada […]

IPTV gains in Spain as pay TV revenues increase

IPTV pay TV revenues in Spain, increased by 16% year-on-year in the third quarter of last year to about €400 million, while free TV revenues declined by 5.9% to €320 million in the same period, according to figures published by telecom regulator the CNMC. IPTV pay TV revenues grew from €341 million in Q3 2018 […]

Vivendi and Mediaset in move and countermove as merger battle rages on

Mediaset has withdrawn the filing of its Dutch merger project in the Netherlands in the face of the threat of fresh legal action by arch-rival Vivendi and has counterattacked by launching its own lawsuit. Mediaset said that the French media giant had threatened legal action on the grounds that the merger plan filed by Mediaset […]

Vivendi makes fresh legal move in Italy to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi and Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which it has put the bulk of its stake in Mediaset in trust to meet Italian media ownership rules, have taken legal action in Italy to overturn a Milan court’s rejection of its bid to freeze the creation of a pan-European holding company that will house the merged […]

Dutch court rejects Vivendi move to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi has suffered a reverse in its ongoing battle to prevent the creation of a new merged Mediaset group after a Dutch court rejected an attempt by the French media giant to have the creation of Mediaset’s proposed Dutch-registered holding company for the venture suspended. The court ruled that there were no grounds to suspend […]

Euskaltel ‘returns to growth’ as national expansion plans take shape

Spanish regional operator Euskaltel posted a return to revenue growth in the fourth quarter, despite a small decline for the full year, and reported improved operating results, with an increase in products under contract of 81,172, taking its revenue-generating unit total to 2.85 million. While full-year revenues were down 0.9%, the company posted an increase […]

Telefónica ‘working actively’ on Latin American consolidation plans

Telefónica is “working actively” on plans that could see consolidation and a change in the ownership structure of its struggling Latin American business. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its year-end numbers last week, chief financial and control officer Laura Abasolo said that the telco was “analysing all inorganic alternatives” in the region and […]

Mediaset gives itself extra time after Spanish court rejects merger appeal

Mediaset has filed its plan to merge its Italian and Spanish unites with the Dutch register of companies in a move that gives it extra time to complete the project after it suffered a fresh legal reverse in Spain. According to Reuters, citing an unnamed source, the filing gives Mediaset a further six months to […]

Orange sees TV base rise, but competition in key markets intensifies

Orange saw its global TV base rise in the last quarter of 2019, but the company faced increased migration to low-cost offers in its core French and Spanish markets. Orange had 9.952 million IPTV and satellite TV customers at the end of last year, up from 9.847 million at the end of the previous quarter […]

Euskaltel brings Virgin brand to Spain for national quad-play service

Zegona, the largest shareholder in Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel, has succeeded in its aim of bringing the Virgin brand to Spain to serve as a vehicle for the group’s national expansion. Zegona was established in 2015 by former Virgin Media executives Eamonn O’Hare and Robert Samuelson. Zegona’s long-standing relationship with the Virgin Group facilitated […]

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