Jefferies: Telefónica making ‘rational’ response to aggressive football promos

Analysts at investment bank Jefferies have given an upbeat assessment of Telefónica’s prospects and has suggested that concerns about aggressive football promotions having a detrimental impact are overstated. According to Jefferies, Telefónica’s response to intensifying competition has been rational, with less aggressive discounting in response to Orange and its low-cost brand Jazztel’s moves to acquire […]

Spanish operators confirm football for bars and clubs

Vodafone España and Orange España have confirmed that they are entering the market to offer La Liga football to bars and clubs in competition with Telefónica. Vodafone, which has declined to strike a deal with Telefónica to offer top-tier Spanish football to its residential customers, has nevertheless agreed a sublicensing deal with Mediapro, which holds […]

Telefónica to take on rival ISPs in sport-for-bars market

Telefónica has acquired rights to take top-tier Spanish and international football to hotels, restaurants and bars for the forthcoming season The telco secured the rights after striking a sub-licensing deal with Mediapro, which retained so-called Horeca rights when it sold its own rights to top-tier Spanish football to Telefónica. The move means that subscribing premises […]

Vodafone España bundles HBO, Amazon and Netflix in single offering

Vodafone España has launched a new bundle that includes the three main international streaming offerings available in the country – HBO España, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix – in a single offering for €74.99 a month. The offering is available to new customers for a year and to current customer who sign up before the […]

Mediaset facing €60 million Telefónica bill over Mitele Plus

Mediaset is facing a €60 million per season bill from Telefónica should its Mitele Plus pay TV offer reach certain targets. The broadcaster is already paying €20 million per season for the rights to air La Liga, Europa League and Champions League matches. However, as reported by local paper El Economista, the contract’s small print […]

Telefónica targets football-starved Vodafone subs

Telefónica will use its grip on top-tier football in Spain to hammer away at Vodafone’s base, according to chief operating officer Ángel Vilá, while CEO José María Álvarez-Palletesaid that “video remains a key driver for value and improvement in loyalty” for the operator. Speaking on the Spanish telco’s latest quarterly earnings call, Vilá said that […]

Telefónica IPTV and OTT TV growth offset by Latin America DTH decline

Telefónica’s pay TV numbers overall were flat in the year to June, recording growth of only 0.4% to reach 8.8 million, despite solid growth in IPTV and from its OTT TV offering in Latin America. IPTV numbers grew 16%, while the Movistar Play OTT service in Latin America grew by 59% to reach 1.2 million […]

FTTH passes nine million mark in Spain

The number of FTTH lines in Spain passed the nine million mark in May, according to figures released by regulator the CNMC. According to the watchdog, 148,000 new lines were added in May, contributing to year-on-year growth of 1.8 million. Over the same period, DSL lines declined by 1.3 million. Telefónica/Movistar has a 44.4% share […]

CNMC takes action over Telefónica breach of commitments in DTS acquisition

Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has initiated proceedings against Telefónica for a possible breach of commitments made when it acquired pay TV operator DTS. According to the watchdog, Telefónica made errors in calculating the fixed costs of its Movistar Partizado football channel in making an offer of its pay TV channels to rival providers. The […]

Movistar+ Lite ‘exceeding expectations’ for Telefónica

Subscribers to Telefónica’s recently launched OTT TV service Movistar+ Lite are using the service for an average of two and half hours a day, with 80% of that time being spent on video-on-demand content, according to the Spanish telco. According to Telefónica, the data from June on usage of the €8 a month service shows […]

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