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Canal+ chief ousted over ‘Guignols’ controversy

French media group Vivendi has sacked Canal+ CEO Rodolphe Belmer amid controversy about the future of the pay-TV channel and its prominent satirical puppet show Les Guignols. Canal Plus parent…

Broadcasters reveal opening live Premier League games

Broadcasters reveal opening live Premier League games

Sky and BT Sport, the two UK licensed Premier League broadcasters, have announced their respective first batches of live games. Premier League champions Chelsea will begin their title defence exclusively…

Italian pay-TV “ripe for consolidation”

Italian pay-TV “ripe for consolidation”

There are Italian press reports that Sky (which controls the Sky UK, Sky Germany and Sky Italia broadcasters) has offered €1.1 billion to buy Mediaset’s pay-TV arm, which Mediaset has…

Telefonica rebrands pay-TV platform Movistar Plus

Telefonica rebrands pay-TV platform Movistar Plus

Telefonica has rebranded its pay-TV platform previously known as Movistar TV to Movistar Plus, following the acquisition of Canal Plus, with the first combined packages to be launched next week.…

Scripps completes TVN acquisition

Scripps Networks Interactive has closed on its agreement to acquire a 52.7 per cent interest in Poland’s premier multi-platform media company, TVN, from ITI and Canal+ Group for an all-cash…

TVPlayer launches pay OTT

UK over-the-top television platform TVPlayer is to launch TVPlayer Plus, a subscription service, this summer. TVPlayer Plus will be priced from £4.99 (€7.05) per month (with no contract) and enables…

Dish/Siti form Comnet j-v

Two of India’s largest pay-TV operators, Essel Group’s Dish TV and MSO Siti Cable Networks are forming a joint-venture, Comnet, in order to better negotiate with broadcasters. Comnet’s main role…

BT TV and EE broadband earn most complaints

BT TV and EE broadband earn most complaints

Ofcom has published on the volumes of consumer complaints made to Ofcom against the major providers of telecoms and pay-TV services. The latest report covers the three-month period from January…

Netflix users finding traditional pay-TV less attractive

More Netflix users in the US are officially cutting the cord than ever before. In a survey of 829 current Netflix subscribers, CutCableToday found that just 67 per cent still have…

Eurosport snatches Olympics rights

Eurosport snatches Olympics rights

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that all TV and multi-platform broadcast rights in Europe for the four Olympic Games in the 2018–2024 period have been awarded to Discovery…

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