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Movistar signs HBO, hits 2m pay-TV subs


Movistar and HBO have signed an agreement that will see TV series such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Girls distributed via Telefonica’s online VoD service. Movistar TV will offer the first three seasons of Game of Thrones and the first four seasons of Boardwalk Empire. Three seasons each of In Treatment and Girls also will be available. This […]

Huge rise in India’s ‘inactive’ DTH subs

India is frequently cited for its huge – and growing – DTH subscriber numbers of a combined 70.33 million. But a report from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) tells a different story. TRAI says that the total number of inactive subscribers grew by 5.99 per cent (q-o-q, and during the July-Sept 2014 period). This growth takes the total […]

Sky to enter mobile sector


UK pay-TV operator Sky is set to add a range of mobile voice and data services to its customer offering for the first time following agreement of a new partnership with Telefónica UK which will see it become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Telefónica UK will give Sky wholesale access to 2G, […]

Canal+ continues to suffer

French pay-TV operator Canal Plus is facing a tough future and even though it is coping well with the threat from the likes of Netflix, “the outlook remains difficult with the likelihood that more TV platforms will emerge to compete for retail market share and content, creating a range of pay-TV alternatives for a consumer base that was already price […]

61% of UK adults receive pay-TV


Ofcom has published its annual reports into the consumer experience of the fixed and mobile, Internet and digital broadcasting markets. Around half of all UK adults access multichannel television at home through Freeview, with 34 per cent only using Freeview. This compares to 30 per cent only using satellite and 14 per cent only using cable. Just over six in […]

Russia relaxes pay-TV rules

The past few weeks have seen a number of non-Russian pay-TV broadcasters quit the country because of severe limits on foreign ownership and tough rules on the amount of advertising their channels can carry. The new rules kicked in on January 1st. Russia’s parliament (Duma) has now softened its stance, saying that advertising on pay-TV channels is now permitted as […]

Russia’s NTV+ ups rates

Most subscribers to Russia’s NTV Plus pay-TV bundles will pay more from February 1st, and some will see their costs rise “significantly” according to local reports. NTV Plus’ transmissions from Eutelsat’s 36A and 36B satellites are directly affected. Subscribers living in Western Russia will see the costs of their ‘basic/entry’ tier of 22 channels now cost Rub 600 ($8.80) a […]

TV choice improves for Vietnam

A BBC Monitoring report says that many of Vietnam’s pay-TV distributors are adding extra channels as competition in the sector gets tougher. K+ Satellite Digital Television, Saigontourist Cable Television (SCTV) and An Vien Television (AVG) have all announced new channels in their packages for 2015.  K+ added Screen RED and AFC on January 8th, after introducing two other channels in […]

AMOS-5 transmitting Nigeria’s ACTV


Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, thas revealed that the AMOS-5 satellite has won a multi-year contract to transmit Nigeria’s newest Pay TV platform from ACTV (African Cable TV). From its 17°E prime orbital position, the satellite will send ACTV’s signals to viewers throughout Nigeria over its Ku-1 beam. ACTV is a new digital pay-TV platform offering over […]

New TV deals for UK rally fans

As the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo gets under way, the sport’s chiefs and UK broadcasters ITV and BT Sport have revealed that fans of the FIA World Rally Championship in Britain will receive improved television coverage of the series after both ITV4 and BT Sport agreed new deals for 2015. Both networks will broadcast comprehensive coverage from all 13 rounds of […]

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