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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 […]

Sky Sports beats BT Sport in opening fixtures


Sky Sports won the ratings battle against BT Sport on the opening weekend of Premier League season. The game between Arsenal and Crystal Palace was available to watch for free to all Sky subscribers as part of a special promotion for the opening Saturday of the season. The coverage peaked with 2.2 million (13.5 per cent) in the five minutes […]

BT: ‘Better placed for Premier League bids’

Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring for Liverpool against Mansfield in the third round of the FA Cup

John Petter, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, has suggested the telco is in a stronger position to secure further English Premier League football coverage when the next bidding round starts, possibly in early 2015. Speaking to the UK’s Sunday Telegraph, Petter says that two “big things” have changed since it won the rights to 38 ‘top pick’ matches a season […]

US pay-TV providers shed 300,000 subs in Q2

Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 95 per cent of the market – lost about 300,000 net video subscribers in Q2 2014, compared to a loss of about 350,000 video subscribers in Q2 2013. The top pay-TV providers account for

Sky Deutschland to drop Nagravision


Sky Deutschland is about to start a switch-out of its older Nagravision-secured set-top boxes in order to make the pay-TV broadcaster an all Cisco system . Reports from Germany’s Digital Fernsehen, quoting Stefan Kunz, Sky Deutschland’s VP/business and distribution, say that viewers who are still using older boxes will be supplied with a newer Sky HD unit which uses Cisco […]

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 […]

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).

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