Disney and Bezeq abandon streaming exclusivity deal in Israel

Less than a month after launching in Israel, Disney has cancelled an exclusive distribution deal with Bezeq-owned satellite TV unit YES.  The pair announced a tie-up earlier this year which would see YES act as the streamer’s exclusive distributor in the country. The company had reportedly agreed to pay NIS150 million (€41 million) over the […]

Bezeq CEO Mizrahi to quit after four years

Dudu Mizrahi, the CEO of Israeli service provider Bezeq, has resigned after four years in charge. Mizrahi will continue to serve as CEO until a replacement is found and to ensure an orderly transition, the company said. Mizrahi took the reins at Bezeq in 2018 after a tumultuous period that led to the resignation of […]

Boost for Bezeq expected from yes merger and infrastructure-ISP combo

Israeli service provider Bezeq’s merger of its Bezeq International consumer business with direct-to-home pay TV operator yes, the combination of infrastructure and ISP divisions and the planned separation of its business-focused ICT division into a separate wholly-owned company will deliver significant benefits for the company, according to analysts at Jefferies. According to Jefferies, the acquisition […]

Spacecom extends Yes DTH deal

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom, owner-operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has signed a two-year extension deal with D.B.S. Satellite Services, owner of pay TV operator Yes DTH in Israel. The deal, worth US$14 million, will continue the DTH service’s operations from the Amos-7 and Amos-3 satellites at Spacecom’s 4° West orbital position. The deal means that […]

Bezeq’s Yes taps Synamedia for broadcast-equivalent latency for OTT TV

Bezeq-owned Israeli pay TV service provider Yes is using Synamedia’s video network portfolio to deliver broadcast-equivalent latency for its cloud-based, internet-only TV service, the technology outfit has revealed. According to Synamedia Yes is of the view that this deployment will make it the first operator in the world to deliver broadcast-equivalent latency. Synamedia says it […]

Israeli internet video services could face same rules as pay TV

Internet video services such as local online providers Partner Communications and Cellcom could soon be subject to tougher rules and obligations if proposed new rules are approved by Israel’s parliament. According to local reports, the country’s Cable and Satellite Council in conjunction with the country’s justice and finance ministries has been working on a draft […]

Yes partners with Harmonic on UHD HDR channel

Israeli DTH provider Yes has partnered with Harmonic to launch a live ultra high definition (UHD), high dynamic range (HDR) channel. Yes has selected Harmonic’s software-based Electra encoding platform to deliver high-quality UHD-HDR linear video content to more than one million subscribers. “Our goal was to become the first broadcaster in the region to deliver […]

Cisco launches consumer test capability for Infinite Video customers

Cisco has launched a new facility to enable customers of its Infinite Video platform to test new features with users before making them generally available, with Israel’s Yes one of the first pay TV operators to use the service. The Infinite Video Platform Labs will enable Cisco customers to gather feedback from users before launching […]

CBS, Showtime get a big Yes in Israel

Israeli pay TV platform Yes has inked a new volume deal with CBS that gives it a range of programming from the studio and from CBS-owned premium cable net Showtime. Yes already had a CBS deal but the new agreement hands it programming including Showtime’s buzzy high-finance drama Billions, CBS series Limitless and The CW […]

Israel’s Yes joins MoCA

Israeli satellite TV service provider, Yes, has joined the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) as an associate member. Established in January 2004, MoCA is an open, industry standards organisation with applications in home networking that was set up to develop and promote technology for the connected home. MoCA technology is also used to extend Wi-Fi […]