Advanced Television


Portugal reaches 4.4m pay-TV subs

The number of pay-TV subscribers in Portugal reached 4.4 million in Q1 2022, a three per cent growth on the same period last year. According to the National Communications Authority (Anacom), this was the lowest growth rate since the end of 2014 or when data started being collected. The pay-TV penetration rate grew by 0.4 […]

June 9, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Anodot and Altice Portugal partner

Anodot, the autonomous business monitoring company, has announced that Altice Portugal, a telecommunications service provider in Portugal, has selected the company to help alleviate critical issues such as availability and reliability of service while positively impacting operational costs, brand reputation and overall customer experience. Altice Portugal is a global telco and multimedia operator that extends […]

March 30, 2022

Altice ups BT stake

Patrick Drahi’s Altice has increased its interest in BT Group’s voting share capital from 12.1 per cent to 18 per cent. In a Statement, the telco said: “The Board and management of BT Group will continue to operate the business in the interest of all shareholders and remains focussed on the successful execution of its […]

December 14, 2021By Colin Mann

Portuguese regulator proposes FTA channels on cable

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Anacom) has recommended to the government that FTA TV channels are distributed “wherever possible” via cable instead of DTT. The proposal was made by Anacom president, João Cadete de Matos, within the working group on the future of DTT in Portugal, set up by Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and […]

December 8, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Bad news is good news for Eutelsat shares

The Paris bourse share market responded exceptionally well to the potential bad news of Rodolphe Belmer’s departure from Eutelsat. In early trading Eutelsat’s share price rose a full 1 percent in early trading to €12.60 and matching its recent peak of €12.60 at the height of the Patrick Drahi unsolicited €3.2 billion take-over bid, and […]

October 21, 2021

Does Drahi have Plan B for Eutelsat?

Patrick Drahi might not have William Shatner in his portfolio of headline-grabbing assets, and rich as he is, Drahi certainly cannot compete with the likes of Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos in terms of cash-at-hand. But few will be surprised if Drahi doesn’t now come up with a Plan B to acquire Eutelsat. Certainly his […]

October 6, 2021

Drahi eyes Eutelsat acquisition

Telecoms tycoon Patrick Drahi, having earlier this month bought a large slice (12.1 per cent) of BT, has made a bid to buy Eutelsat. Drahi is said to have offered a €2 (17 per cent) premium over Eutelsat’s current €10.35 share price. Drahi controls the cellular and cable business Altice. A September 30th statement from […]

September 30, 2021By Chris Forrester

Report: STB initiative saves $2bn+ in energy costs

US consumers saved $2.2 billion (€1.9bn) in energy costs in 2020 thanks to a voluntary agreement between the pay-TV industry and energy efficiency advocates. The agreement, led by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and CableLabs has cut energy usage of set-top boxes by more than half in the […]

August 24, 2021

News 12 New York launches on Pluto TV

News 12 New York, the daily regional news digital network bringing the latest from the tri-state region, is now streaming on Pluto TV. News 12 New York is available for free across all devices and platforms that carry Pluto TV. News 12 New York features the latest in local news, top stories, events, community updates […]

July 21, 2021

Alchimie, Altice distribution deal

Alchimie, the OTT subscription video platform, and French converged multiplay telco Altice, have launched a strategic partnership to provide more than 400 hours of premium content. Altice has launched its new free VoD platform for live TV, replays and exclusive content. Branded RMC BFM Play, this new platform provides easy access to the programmes of […]

June 25, 2021