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DirecTV rates No. 1 in Pay TV

For the eighth year running, DirecTV has scored higher for customer satisfaction than all major cable TV companies in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). In this year’s ACSI survey,…

Sogecable and Orange launch Yacom +

From David Del Valle in Madrid Sogecable, owner of Digital + and Canal +, and telco Yacom, controlled by Orange, is launching Yacom +, a joint triple play offer with…

US next-generation TV habits

ABI research says 66 per cent of respondents to its TV habits survey subscribe to some form of pay-TV service, and of those, 60 per cent receive at least one…

Telefonica and Televisa in a pay-TV deal?

From David Del Valle in Madrid Mexico’s largest TV group Televisa is approaching Spain’s largest telco operator Telefonica in an attempt to enter into a pay-TV alliance in the Mexican…

FCC ruling opens door for satellite

DBS operators have a significant opportunity to gain market share in the pay-TV space thanks to a recently upheld FCC ruling on multiple dwelling units according to the Satellite Broadcasting…

Canal+ probed over TV channel contracts

France’s competition council has launched an investigation into exclusive broadcasting contracts between pay-TV operator Canal+ and certain specialist channels. The inquiry stems from a complaint lodged last year from French…

CASBAA urges digital transformation

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has released its “Digital Vision: India in 2012” report in New Delhi, providing an overview of the opportunities for rapid development…

Neilsen in cable STBs

Nielsen will offer a new service that uses cable set-top boxes to shed light on people’s TV-viewing habits. Under the deal with Charter Communications, Nielsen receives information from 320,000 households…

Canal+ 2007 net subs up

The total of subscribers in France and its overseas departments and territories and Africa, came to 5.3 million at December 31, 2007, representing an annual net increase of 80,000. The…

FCC DTV education order

Federal Communications Commission has released its digital TV transition education order requiring broadcasters, pay-TV services, retailers and consumer electronics manufacturers to promote awareness of the nation’s switch to digital television,…

DTH satellite TV revenues $50bn in 2009

Europe and North America account for over 80 per cent of the global DTH Satellite TV revenues. However, as the major markets mature, focus is seemingly shifting towards developing markets…

Zon can bid for DTT pay-TV channels

Zon Multimedia SGPS will be allowed to bid to operate pay-TV channels in Portugal’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) tender if it does so as a minority stakeholder in a consortium,…

TNTSAT reaches 350,000 households

SES Astra and French pay-TV group CANAL+ have revealed that the digital terrestrial free-TV offer TNTSAT has sold 350,000 receivers to French households. TNTSAT is a service for French TV…

News Corp raises stake in Premiere

News Corp has increased its stake in German pay television operator Premiere to nearly 20 per cent. The company acquired an initial stake of 14.6 per cent in January from…

Big uplift predicted for broadcast

Researcher Datamonitor expects the global broadcast market to experience significant revenue growth from $284.1 billion in 2007 to $326.2 billion by 2010. However, it is expected that growth will only…