Telefonica unveils virtual reality TV project

Telefonica has unveiled a pilot scheme that will allow users to access TV content in virtual reality (VR). The TV Virtual Experience project was unveiled at Mobile World Congress and lets users watch Movistar+ content on a large 2D screen in either in a private virtual room or with others in a public virtual room. […]

Telefónica claims success for originals strategy as TV base grows

Telefónica has claimed success for its original content strategy in its full-year results, with strong growth of its TV platform in Spain and a ratings success for flagship drama series La Peste. Telefónica’s video revenues grew by 7% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and by 5.8% for the full year on the back of […]

Telefónica takes originals strategy to Latin America

Telefónica is to take its slate of Spanish originals to the Latin American market with the launch of the Movistar Series channel in 12 Latin American countries. Movistar Series will offer Telefónica’s 12 original series and a selection of Latin American productions through the group’s Movistar TV and Movistar Play platforms. The new channel will […]

Viacom strikes Movistar Play mobile streaming deal

Viacom will launch a range of TV channels and content in Latin America through a deal with mobile streaming provider Movistar Play. The deal marks the first time Movistar owner Telefónica has secured such an agreement for its mobile and broadband customers. It is also a milestone for Viacom, marking the first time it has […]

Report: Telefonica close to agreeing Spanish Netflix deal

Telefonica is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Netflix that will see it integrate the SVOD service into its Movistar+ platform in Spain. El Español and Reuters both reported that the deal is still to being finalised, while El Confidencial reported that the agreement is due to be announced in mid-February. The deal will […]

Telefónica launches DTH service in Costa Rica

Telefónica is launching a Movistar satellite TV service in Costa Rica. The telco is differentiating its service in an already-competitive pay TV market by offering a pre-paid service, allowing users to sign up without a long-term commitment. Users can sign up for the service using their national ID cards on the website. Movistar then […]

Telefónica and Disney to launch new Movistar Disney channel

Spanish pay TV operator Movistar and Disney have struck a deal that will see a new channel – Movistar Disney – launch on the Movistar+ platform in December. Movistar – the brand name for Telefónica’s consumer service – and Disney will create what is the second international service co-branded between Disney and a TV platform […]

Fans staying with eSports as they age, says Spanish survey

The average eSports fan in Spain is a 24 year-old male who spends more than five hours a day on surfing the internet and is a heavy user of social media, according to a study unveiled at the Madrid Gaming Experience event for Modern Times Group-owned eSports leader ESL and Telefónica/Movistar, ESL’s partner for the […]

Telefónica to ‘maintain’ content spend

Telefónica plans to maintain rather than grow its current level of expenditure on original content and will assess the benefits of its investment in content generally in the light of rights inflation “in a rational way”, according to Ángel Vilá Boix, the Spanish telco’s chief operating officer. Answering an analyst question after Telefónica released strong […]

TV recovery boosts buoyant Telefónica

A recovery in TV contributed to a buoyant Telefónica’s strong third quarter performance that saw overall revenue growth of 4% and organic OIBDA growth of 2.8%. Telefónica’s overall pay TV subscriber base grew by 101,000 during the quarter, reversing earlier losses to end flat year-on-year at 8.4 million. Video revenues grew by 6.8% to €742 […]

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