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Virgin Media O2 “showing solid foundations” in Q1

Virgin Media O2 has published its Q1 results revealing adjusted revenue of £2.5 billion (€2.9bn) was broadly flat YoY, an improvement compared to the YoY revenue declines in Q1 2021 and Q4 2021. This performance was supported by increased growth in Mobile revenue which was up 0.9 per cent to £1.3 billion, including a 4.9 […]

May 11, 2022

Data: India’s DTH subs fall

India’s four giant DTH operators saw a fall in their combined subscriber numbers according to data from regulator TRAI. Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV, Dish TV and Sun Direct saw combined subscriber numbers fall slightly from 68.89 million in September 2021 to 68.52 million in December 2021. There are more DTH viewers in the service […]

May 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

Forecast: Telecoms, pay-TV services market set for growth

Worldwide spending on Telecom Services and Pay-TV Services reached $1,566 billion (€1,490bn) in 2021, an increase of 1.6 per cent year over year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Telecom Services Tracker. IDC expects worldwide spending on telecom and pay-TV services to increase by 1.4 per cent in 2022 and reach a […]

May 9, 2022

Dish Network: 52 week low

Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network pay-TV platform suffered a major stock-market hit on May 6th and damaged by news of a thumping 462,000 net subscriber loss during its Q1 trading. Dish’s share price fell 19.4 per cent by the close of trading, and a 52-week ‘low’ and with shares actually trading at $19.57 (compared with $47.05 […]

May 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

South Africa extends pay-TV probe

The Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA/the Authority) has resolved that, based on ongoing developments in what is a rapidly changing market, the consultation process in respect of the Inquiry into the Subscription Broadcasting Services Market must be extended into the current financial year. This extension builds upon and will update […]

May 9, 2022By Colin Mann

Nigeria adjourns DStv/GOtv fees row

Nigeria’s Competition and Consumer Protection (CCP) tribunal in Abuja has adjourned, for now, a case challenging the price increases planned by MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, owner of DStv and Gotv in Nigeria. Festus Onifade, a lawyer, sued the satellite television services giant over the increase in subscription prices, on behalf of himself and a coalition of […]

May 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

Italy: Only Rai sees audience growth in 2021

Rai was the only major Italian broadcaster to register an audience growth in 2021 compared to the previous year, according to data published by the Communications Authority (AgCom). The public broadcaster had an average daily audience share of 36 per cent (+0.8 per cent), ahead of Mediaset with 31.9 per cent (-0.2 per cent), Discovery […]

May 6, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

fuboTV: Subs up 81%, revenue up 98%

fuboTV, the sports-first live TV streaming platform, has announced its financial results for Q1 2022. fuboTV’s North American (US and Canada) streaming business delivered a record $236.7 million (€224m) in total revenue in the first quarter, an increase of 98 per cent year-over-year. The company also delivered solid year-over-year growth in advertising revenue (up 81 […]

May 6, 2022

Ofcom: End-of-contract notifications driving better customer deals

More people are taking out new contracts and securing better deals with their broadband provider after being reminded their contract is up, according to new Ofcom research. In February 2020, Ofcom introduced rules requiring phone, broadband and pay-TV providers to warn customers when their current contract is ending, and what they could save by signing […]

May 6, 2022By Colin Mann

Forecast: Global pay-TV to add subs, lose revenues

According to the Global Pay TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research, 19 million more pay-TV subscribers across 138 countries between 2021 and 2027, but revenues will decline by $25 billion (€23.8bn) over the same period. “Between 2021 and 2027, 86 countries will add pay-TV subs and 52 countries will lose subscribers,” advises […]

May 4, 2022