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Portuguese government says no risk for end of DTT

The Portuguese Government has provided assurances that DTT broadcasting will continue in the future. The confirmation came from the Secretary of State for Infrastructures, Hugo Santos Mendes, during a Parliamentary hearing, who added that the Government is in negotiations with DTT network operator Altice Portugal (Meo). This follows uncertainty regarding the future plans of Altice […]

November 8, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: Pay-TV growth slows down in H1

Portugal added 133,000 new subscribers in the first half of 2022 (+3 per cent), compared to the same period last year, taking the total to 4.4 million, accounting for a 94.8 per cent penetration rate. However, the National Communications Authority (Anacom) points out that the growth was lower than in previous years – 3.5 per […]

September 8, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

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

Portugal: 4.3m pay-TV subs

The number of pay-TV subscribers in Portugal reached 4.3 million at the end of September 2021, representing a 3.2 per cent growth year-on-year. According to the National Communications Authority (Anacom), this is the lowest growth reported since the end of 2017. In Q3 2021, 94.9 per cent of households in Portugal had pay-TV (+4.5 per […]

December 8, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: 4.3m pay-TV subs

Portugal had 4.3 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of the first half of 2021, or 3.5 per cent more than in the same period last year. This accounts for a 94.2 per cent penetration rate for the service, up 5 per cent year-on-year, according to the Anacom, the Portuguese telecom sector regulator. The major […]

September 8, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portuguese pay-TV penetration rate reaches 93%

The pay-TV penetration rate in Portugal reached 93.2 per cent at the end of 2020, accounting for a 5.4 per cent growth on the previous year. According to figures published by the National Communications Authority (Anacom), 4.2 million Portuguese subscribed to pay-TV services, or 183,000 (+4 per cent) more than in 2019. FTTH now accounts […]

March 12, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portuguese broadband could limit SVoD access

Portuguese telcos can now limit or block access to non-linear TV services such as VoD platforms, catch-up TV and online games, to preserve the integrity and security of broadband networks and prevent congestion. This action has been introduced with a decree that regulates the new state of the Covid-19 emergency in Portugal, which comes into […]

January 15, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal to complete DTT migration by Dec 18

Portugal should complete the DTT frequency migration process by December 18th, releasing the 700 MHz band for 5G from January 2021. The announcement was made by the president of the National Communication Authority (Anacom), João Cadete de Matos, who said that the process will end in Funchal, the capital city of Portugal’s Madeira archipelago. He […]

December 7, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Altice Portugal criticises regulator over DTT conduct

DTT network operator Altice Portugal has expressed regret that the National Communications Authority (Anacom) has opted to move forward with the frequency migration of the DTT network, accusing the regulator of “disregarding” the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anacom president, João Cadete Matos, announced on October 19th that, due to the difficulties of displacement of […]

October 20, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: Highest pay-TV sub growth since 2016

Portugal saw the highest growth in pay-TV subscribers in the past four years, reaching 4.1 million at the end of March 2020. According to data released by the National Communications Authority (Anacom), more than 160,000 new pay-TV subscribers were added in the period January-March, corresponding to a 4 per cent growth on the same period […]

June 10, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome