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NOS launches movie channel, plans sports channel

June 19, 2019

From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portuguese quad-play operator NOS has launched its own exclusive film channel and is also planning to add a sports channel.

NOS Studio is aimed at the whole family and is available both as a linear channel (on position 16), as well as a VoD service in the version NOS Studios+ (on set-top boxes, and the NOS TV, Uma TV and Iris applications).

In addition, NOS has also obtained authorisation from Portugal’s Regulatory Authority for Media (ERC) for the launch of a national pay-TV channel called NOS Sports.

Speaking to the Lusa news agency, NOS executive director, Luís Nascimento, noted that the operator is the naming sponsor of the Portuguese Football League, so a sports channel “makes sense”.

Asked when NOS Sports will launch, Nascimento explained that the channel has only been registered and that NOS is still considering if and when it could see the light of day.

He also admitted that NOS is evaluating other thematic channels, but did not provide more details.

NOS is the leading pay-TV operator in Portugal with a 41.2 per cent market share. It is also the leading movie distributor in the country.

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