Telefónica’s Movistar+ secures Champions League rights

Telefónica’s Movistar+ platform has secured rights to the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League until the 2023-24 season. The agreement gives Movistar+. broadcasting rights to the main European competitions both for residential customers and the HORECAS market of hotels, restaurants, cafés and public premises in Spain and Andorra. Movistar+ also has rights to […]

UK seeks final say on Virgin Media-O2 merger from EU

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to ask Brussels for full control over the review and approval of the proposed merger of Liberty Global’s Virgin Media and Telefónica’s O2. The merger, announced at the beginning of May, has a proposed valuation of £31 billion, and promises to create “a stronger fixed and […]

Orange renews La Liga deal with Telefónica

Orange has announced a sublicensing agreement with Telefónica for domestic broadcast rights to the 2020/21 La Liga and Uefa Champions League. An extension of the one year deal that was signed in 2019, Orange will pay Telefónica €300 million for the rights. This expands to subscribers of the Orange-owned Jazztel network. The deal also covers […]

Hispasat and Telefónica announce deal renewal 

Satellite operator Hispasat has announced a multi-year renewal of its deal with Telefónica in Spain for its service of offers to private companies and public agencies. The deal will see a continuation of a relationship that has existed for more than 15 years through the European footprint of Hispasat’s H30W-6 satellite. It includes a number […]

Telefónica and Atresmedia get green light for studio JV

The European Commission has given a green light for Spanish telco Telefónica and commercial broadcaster Atresmedia to create their planned studio joint venture, Buendía Estudios. The new company – a 50:50 JV between the pair – will be tasked with creating and producing content in Spanish for the global market. The pair said that the […]

DAZN launches direct carrier billing in Germany and Switzerland with Telefónica and Swisscom

Sports streamer DAZN has launched direct carrier billing in Germany and Switzerland. In collaboration with Telefónica Germany (via O2) and Swisscom, customers will now be able to pay for their subscription to DAZN directly through their mobile operator. The company said that this will “further simplify and streamline the customer experience and launches with the […]

Movistar+ connected devices surpass 10 million

The number of devices connected to Telefónica’s Movistar+ pay TV service has surpassed 10 million, according to the operator, with the service being viewed on some six million TV sets each month. The operator said that the coronavirus lockdown had helped boost the number of devices connected to the service to a historic record of […]

O2 and Virgin Media confirm £31 billion merger

Telefonica and Liberty Global have confirmed the merger of their UK operations. The 50-50 merger will see O2 and Virgin Media come together under one roof to create what the companies say will be “a stronger fixed and mobile competitor in the UK market.” The transaction, expected to close in the middle of 2021, is […]

Liberty Global and Telefonica in talks over Virgin Media-O2 merger

Telefonica and Liberty Global are in talks to merge UK operators O2 and Virgin Media. According to sources cited by Reuters, Liberty Global is looking to reinforce its position in the UK by creating a major competitor to leading pay TV operators BT and Sky. A deal is scheduled to be officially unveiled by Liberty […]