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BT Sport: “We’re in more pubs than Sky Sports”


BT has claimed more pubs and clubs now subscribe to its sports channels than to Sky Sports. The telco has built up what it says is a leading position in a crucial part of the market for pay-TV sport, by undercutting BSkyB. The company entered the market last summer claiming typical savings of as much as 78 per cent on […]

Hellman & Friedman are OSN suitors

Last week a $3.2 billion bid for Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN (the former Orbit Showtime Network) was rejected by majority shareholder KIPCO. OSN reportedly has 941,000 subscribers, and according to a recent study from market researchers Ovum, could hit some 2.1 million within five years. The bidders for OSN are Hellman & Friedman LLC (H&F), a San Francisco-based private equity […]

SES DTH across French-speaking West Africa

SES will be delivering DTH broadcast television across French-speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Lomé-based consortium of West African broadcasters led by Africable and Media Plus. The multi-year contract for two transponders will allow the new platform to deliver DT) television from its Bamako Teleport to member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (also known by […]

Televisa takes 100% of Cablecom

Mexico’s dominant broadcaster Televisa, has confirmed that it has now acquired 100% of the equity interest of Grupo Cable TV (Cablecom). The move follows its August 2013 acquisition of a 51 per cent interest in the operator. The transaction involved the conversion of certain debt instruments previously subscribed and a payment of Ps.8.550 billion (€490m).

Brazil’s Oi makes dramatic pay-TV progress

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New Brazilian pay-TV operator Oi registered the highest gains in the Brazil DTH market with 24,900 net new subscribers, and which represented 38.5 per cent of all new subs in the country. The numbers were for June and come from regulator Anatel. The increase was 12.2 per cent up on May’s numbers. Oi has more than 110 channels (of which […]

Al Jazeera sued over rights “violation”

A Cairo-based satellite TV channel says it will file a lawsuit against Qatar-based Al Jazeera and accuse the news channel of “violating its broadcast rights as the exclusive holder,” according to BBC Monitoring. The allegation is that the Sada al-Balad channel held the exclusive rights to cover and transmit the retrial hearing of former president of Egypt Husni Mubarak.  Sada […]

ICASA defends adult TV decision

South Africa’s broadcasting regulator ICASA defended its decision to grant licenses for three adult TV channels to TopTV (now being taken over by Star Times). Speaking at a Western Cape High Court hearing in Cape Town, an ICASA lawyer, Paul Kennedy said the licensed channels were in accordance with the X18 rating of the Films and Publications Act and carried […]

Brits still prefer to watch live TV, on their TV


Research reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 89 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – with 85 per cent also stating that the TV is their preferred screen. The research from global broadcast solutions provider BroadStream Solutions,

BT Sport bids for La Liga?


BT Sport is reportedly weighing up a bid for the Spanish top flight football rights. Sky has held La Liga rights, the home of Real Madrid and Barcelona, for almost 20 years but its contract expires at the end of the season, opening the door for its latest rival to snatch the rights from 2015. BT Sport paid £897 million […]

Subs disputes annoys India’s regulator

Arguments over subscriber numbers and alleged under-reporting are not new, especially in India. But a recent high-profile argument between Hathway Cable and broadcasters Zee, Star and Turner, has raised the hackles at India’s TRAI regulator and its associated Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate & Tribunal (TDSAT) which admits it is more than somewhat annoyed by having to spend days on frequent […]

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