Telefónica sees convergence boost for TV in Spain

Telefónica saw its global pay TV base rise in the year to December, with a strong growth in Spain, where TV is increasingly taken as part of a convergent offering, and growth in IPTV and OTT TV in Latin America offsetting DTH losses in Latin America. Telefónica say its global pay TV base rose by […]

Telefónica hails ‘unbeatable’ combination of Netflix with Movistar+

Over a third of new Movistar+ subscribers have signed up for a package that includes access to Netflix since Telefónica included the subscription video-on-demand leader in its TV offering on December 11. According to the Spanish telco, 35% of Movistar customers with access to packages that enable them to view Netflix have taken up this […]

DAZN reportedly in talks to carry Movistar football channels

Sports streaming outfit DAZN has held talks with Telefónica over possible carriage of the latter’s Movistar Partizado and Movistar Liga de Campeones channels when it goes live in the first half of next month, according to local press. Telefónica is obliged to make its channels available to rivals under conditions set by competition watchdog the […]

Movistar+ adds women’s football to #Vamos line-up

Telefónica’s pay TV platform Movistar+ has secured the rights to top tier Spanish women’s football in the form of La Liga Iberdrola and the Copa de la Reina. From tomorrow, Movistar+ will air gams from La Liga Iberdrola and the Copa de la Reina live on its #Vamos channel, kicking off with a match between […]

Telefónica Mexico planning to launch Movistar Play

Telefónica Mexico plans to launch streaming service Movistar Play this year, according to CEO Carlos Morales Paulin. Speaking to El Financiero Bloomberg, Paulin said that his ambition was to offer the OTT TV service “quickly, probably this year”. Telefónica Mexico has been able to offer any telecom services, including streaming, since June 6 last year, […]

Telefónica to sell central American assets to América Móvil

Telefónica has agreed the sale of key central American assets to regional telco América Móvil for €570 million. Telefónica’s Telefonica Centroamérica Inversiones investment vehicle, which is 60% owned by Telefónica and 40% by Corporación Multi Inversiones, has agreed to sell its Guatenalan and El Salvador units to América Móvil for US$648 million, with Telefónica Guatemala […]

Mediapro secures Qatar World Cup rights

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has secured the Spanish rights to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, boosting its flagging roster of domestic and international football rights in the country. Mediapro said it would create a dedicated channel providing 24/7 coverage of the competition. In addition to live broadcasts of matches, the channel will provide […]

Telefónica taps Nagra SSP for IPTV and 4K security

Telefónica is using Nagra to provide content security for its Movistar IPTV service and 4K UHD content in multiple markets on the latest generation of set-top boxes. The Spanish telco has deployed the Nagra Security Services Platform (SSP) managing the Nagra Connect client to secure its Movistar IPTV service. Nagra said this is the first […]

Telefónica rolls out Movistar-Netflix integration

Telefónica has integrated Netflix into its Movistar offering in Spain, allowing customers to access the SVOD service from a single platform and pay via one bill. As of December 11, Movistar’s Fusión Total Plus, Total and Selection subscribers will be able to watch Netflix in HD or Ultra HD quality, with current Movistar customers eligible […]

Football boosts Telefónica as Spanish TV numbers jump

Telefónica added a massive 101,000 TV customers in Spain in the quarter to September, contributing to what it described as its “best commercial activity in at least 10 years”. The jump in numbers, partly attributable to its hold on football rights and its ability to target Vodafone customers on that basis, compared with only 8,000 […]

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