Advanced Television


​Mediaset €1.2bn bid for RAI’s tower network operator

Mediaset’s broadcasting network operator Ei Towers has launched a bid for its counterpart RaiWay, owned by public broadcaster RAI. The cash and stock offer values RaiWay at €4.50 per share, or €1.22 billion. The cash component corresponds to approximately 69 per cent of the aggregate valuation of each RaiWay ordinary share, while the share component […]

February 26, 2015From Branislav Pekic in Rome

US pay-TV subs numbers ‘relatively static’

The informitv Multiscreen Index shows that the ten leading pay-television operators in the United States collectively lost 20,600 subscribers in the last quarter of 2014, compared to a loss of 45,000 the previous quarter. Over the year, they gained 82,200 subscribers, taking their combined total to 87.67 million. The cable operators collectively lost over 800,000 […]

February 26, 2015

Telefónica plots pay-TV dominance

Spanish telco Telefónica aims to lead the Spanish-speaking pay-TV sector with a potential market of 600 million clients combined in Spain and Latin America, according to company president Cesar Alierta, who argued that it was the only company capable of facing the dominance of the US and UK in the TV content world. “The pay-TV […]

February 26, 2015From David Del Valle in Madrid

France: Virgin Mobile launches quadplay offering

French MVNO Virgin Mobile has launched its first quadruple play offer, which combines SFR’s triple play ADSL box with a 20GHz 4G mobile service. Following its acquisition at the end of 2014, Virgin Mobile is already benefiting from Numericable-SFR’s fixed and mobile networks, as well as capitalising on the innovations of the SFR box. Virgin […]

February 26, 2015By Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Portugal’s MEO dumps 8 HD channels

Portugal Telecom-backed MEO pay-TV operation is dropping eight HDTV channels from its DTH offering. The eight channels that will longer be available to MEO subscribers are Fine Living, Food Network, Clubbing TV, Nautical Channel, Localvisao TV, MUTV, Barca TV and TPA. MEO transmits on the Hispasat satellite, and has more than 1 million subscribers across […]

February 26, 2015By Chris Forrester launches in Italy, the VoD streaming service, has announced the start of operations in Italy as part of its European expansion plan. The Alpine country is the fifth in which will be available, after Spain, UK, France and Germany. The company is undergoing a growth plan that aims to be in 15 European countries in late […]

February 26, 2015

Frontier, TiVo team for OTA and OTT

US triple-play operator Frontier Communications – which focuses on rural areas and small and medium-sized towns and cities – is to market and deploy co-branded versions of advanced television specialist TiVo’s suite of whole-home products and services, including an industry-first deployment of the TiVo Roamio DVR with over-the-air (OTA) support as part of its video […]

February 26, 2015

maxdome SVoD for Unitymedia

ProSiebenSat.1 Group and Unitymedia KabelBW have signed an agreement regarding the integration of maxdome VoD content into the portfolio of the German cable network operator. With this agreement, maxdome becomes an integral part of Unitymedia KabelBW’s new TV and triple-play offerings. Starting in March, Unitymedia Kabel BW’s more than seven million customers will be able […]

February 26, 2015

Starz tees up international SVoD roll-out

Chris Albrecht, Chief Executive Officer, of premium entertainment programmer Starz has revealed further details of its Starz-branded SVoD service – Starz Play International, which it is planning to launch in select emerging markets. Speaking during Starz’ Q4 2014 Results Earnings Conference Call, Albrecht said the project was proceeding well with plans to launch shortly. He […]

February 26, 2015By Colin Mann

SpaceX twin launch slips to March 1

SpaceX was scheduled to launch two satellites on February 27th but has slipped this to late on Sunday (March 1st at 10.49 Florida time) from Cape Canaveral. The two satellites are Eutelsat America’s 115 West B craft (originally ordered as Satmex-7) and Asia Broadcast’s ABS-3A. The two satellites were ordered from Boeing and are both […]

February 26, 2015By Chris Forrester