Telefónica launches Fortnite Living app on Movistar+

Telefónica has announced a partnership with Epic Games to bring the Fortnite Living app exclusively to its Movistar+ TV platform. Videogame Fortnite first launched in 2017 and, since gaining significant investment from Tencent, has developed into one of the largest media properties in the world. The title arguably has become its own entertainment platform complete […]

November 5 deadline for Virgin Media/O2 merger EU approval

The EU’s antitrust regulators have set a deadline of November 5 to decide on the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. First announced in May, the 50-50 merger promises to create a major competitor to UK market leader BT. It will combine the fixed line and TV offers of Virgin with […]

Telefónica appeals to start-ups for new TV app experiences

Telefónica has launched a programme aimed at start-ups that wish to develop apps for its television platform, Movistar+. The Telefónica Activation Programme: Living Apps invites start-ups to develop new digital home experiences for the company’s customers. Telefónica said it was opening up the possibility for entrepreneurs to take these television apps to more than one […]

Movistar+ launches on Apple TV

Telefónica has made its pay TV service Movistar+ available on Apple TV – the latest move by TV operators to expand their footprint beyond the confines of the operator-controlled set-top box. The operator said that the move represented another step in the expansion of the ecosystem of devices through which its TV platform is available […]

Telefónica sees pay TV fall and OTT rise as it commits to full fibre coverage

Telefónica has posted Q2 numbers that saw its global pay TV base decline by 6% year-on-year to 8.243 million. The telco did however grow its OTT TV base, up 26% year-on-year to 1.4 million. Telefónica has meanwhile committed to 100% fibre network coverage of Spain by 2025.The commitment was made as part of a new […]

Movistar+ taps Ateme for pay TV and OTT headend

Telefónica pay TV service Movistar+ has tapped technology outfit Ateme’s Titan solution converged software headend, for distribution of its live DTH/OTT services. Titan comprises a pure software-based encoder that can run on any COTS or virtualised server. According to Ateme, it provides Movistar+ with bandwidth savings in MPEG-2 and H.264, resulting in savings in satellite […]

Spanish watchdog extends pay TV restrictions on Telefónica

Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has extended restrictions placed on Telefónica related to its acquisition of pay TV operation DTS in 2015 by a further three years. Telefónica is likely to appeal the ruling before the Spanish National Court, the Audencia Nacional. The CNMC has extended to provisions for the maximum three years allowed, with […]

Telefónica and Atresmedia launch Buendía Estudios with Ignacio Corrales as managing director

Telefónica and Atresmedia have hired Ignacio Corrales as managing director of Buendía Estudios, the new 50/50 joint venture of both companies. Buendía Estudios has been launched with a remit to produce Spanish content for a worldwide audience and is described by the parties as “an unprecedented strategic alliance in the audiovisual industry in Spain that […]

Movistar+ adds picture-in-picture for simultaneous viewing

Customers of Spanish telco Telefónica’s TV service Movistar+ now have the ability to watch two different channels simultaneously on the TV screen with the introduction of picture-in-picture technology to the operator’s service. PiP functionality can be used by the more than one million customers who have a UHD set-top and are connected to the operator’s […]