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Pay-TV operators add 20m subs


Leading pay-TV services have added over 20 million subscribers worldwide in a year, which is around the same number as DirecTV has in the US, according to the latest informitv Multiscreen Index. The number of digital video subscribers to the 100 leading pay-television services covered by

DirecTV loses 50 channels


DirecTV is in a carriage dispute with Alabama-based Raycom Media which owns dozens of local TV stations mostly in the southern US. DirecTV says Raycom wants to double its fees to DirecTV. The stations went dark on Sunday following the expiration of an old – itself contentious – contract between Raycom and DirecTV signed in 2011. The stations, while local, […]

BSkyB starts cash-raising roadshow

September 2nd sees the first of BSkyB’s financial roadshow presentations take place with the aim of raising the extra cash it needs to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Financial reports suggest that BSkyB is looking to raise $2 billion. Last week BSkyB mandated three banks (Barclays, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley) to lead the effort. BSkyB raised some £6.6 […]

Sky Deutschland on grid with Formula E

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland has secured the exclusive live broadcasting rights for the FIA Formula E Championship, the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body . Sky will broadcast live all races of the series, which begins in Beijing on 13 September. Apart from the exclusive TV broadcasting rights, the agreement also includes the Internet, IPTV […]

Vivendi picks Telefonica for GVT sale

Vivendi has picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Telefonica will fold GVT into its Brazilian mobile phone carrier Vivo to create the country’s biggest telecom group. It will then use GVT’s pay-TV and broadband know-how and its broad network to chase higher-value customers and keep […]

BT Sport wins Formula E highlights race

BT Sport is to televise extensive highlights of all 10 rounds of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship in the UK, joining ITV – which has the live rights – in providing coverage of the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body. In a deal brokered by the international media company MP &Silva, BT Sport will air […]

Free home-theatre for new Sky Italia subs

New subscribers to Sky Italia’s pay-TV bundle are this week being tempted with a ‘free’ Philips-branded home theatre system. Sky Italia’s lowest-priced bundle costs just €19 a month, so the deal could prove tempting for football fans keen to view – and hear – Sky’s coverage in Surround Sound. This is not the first time that Sky Italia has linked […]

Argentina’s Clarin to sell pay-TV channels


Argentina’s Grupo Clarin is to sell its 7 cable TV channels to a US investment firm for $31.5 million. The move is part of its retreat from some aspects of its business as dictated by Argentina’s media laws. The offer has to be approved by shareholders (due on September 22nd). The potential buyer is 34 South Media, controlled by Alexander […]

ADM wins OSN carriage deal

Dubai-based OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) is to take Abu Dhabi Media’s (ADM) HD subscription channels and offer them to its subscribers effective September 1st. The offer includes the new Abu Dhabi Drama+, and ADM’s sports channels. David Butorac, chief executive of OSN, said: “The addition of Abu Dhabi Media’s pay channels, leaders in the region’s media and entertainment sector, will […]

CA market to decline on pay-TV saturation

The global market for conditional access (CA) technology used in STBs is set to contract as pay-TV services reach saturation, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide market revenue for pay-TV STB CA technology will decline to $1.9 billion in 2018, down from a peak of $2.2 billion in 2015. CA is defined as any method or technology that prevents digital TV […]

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