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Pay-TV STBs on target for 40% growth

Global shipments of Pay-TV set top boxes (STBs) are on track to grow by nearly 40 per cent by 2012 according to a new Industry “Pay-TV operators around the world continue to use STBs to drive digital services, increase ARPU and reduce subscriber churn,” says Carl Hibbert of Futuresource Consulting, “with innovations such as High […]

July 24, 2008

TV sports rights setback for Sogecable

From David Del Valle in MadridSogecable’s attempt to increase the value of its pay-TV unit Digital Plus for its eventual sale is being hindered by its competitors in the Spanish TV market. The company has suffered a new setback by losing the pay-TV rights to the European Champions League from 2009, to Mediapro, main shareholder […]

July 15, 2008

TV sports rights setback for Sogecable

From David Del Valle in Madrid Sogecable’s attempt to increase the value of its pay-TV unit Digital Plus for its eventual sale is being hindered by Sogecable’s attempt to increase the value of its pay-TV unit Digital Plus for its eventual sale is being hindered by its competitors in the Spanish TV market. The company […]

July 13, 2008

Demand for new content driving growth of African pay-TV

African digital TV consumers are seeking more localised content from the pay-TV industry, and operators are answering the call by developing business models to meet this growing market's demands, according to IMS Research. Sub-Saharan consumers previously limited to only South African content can now enjoy local programming from other countries because of the rise of […]

July 11, 2008

Murdoch puts faith in pay-TV

News Corp is counting on its growing pay-TV businesses to offset any downturn in the advertising economy that would affect its television and print divisions, according to chairman Rupert Murdoch. Speaking after a global advertising conference, Murdoch flagged plans for further activity in the European pay-TV platform market after the company bought a 25 per […]

June 24, 2008

Premiere prepares for possible News Corp offer

German pay-TV station Premiere has named two investment banks to represent the interest of all shareholders should News Corp make a takeover offer. Chief Executive Michael Boernicke said while News has raised its stake to 25.01 per cent he had no indication whether they intended to lift their stake to 30 per cent and trigger […]

May 28, 2008

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, DirecTV posted an index score of 68, reflecting customers’ overall satisfaction with the service, compared to the cable and satellite TV category, which scored a […]

May 22, 2008

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 broadband Internet access, phone calls and satellite pay-TV. The service, similar to Trio Plus launched last November by Sogecable and Telefonica, will be available in […]

May 21, 2008

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 additional service (telephone, Internet etc.) from their provider. However, only 54 per cent of respondents declared themselves satisfied overall with their providers: pricing and customer […]

March 28, 2008