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Telefónica, Canal+ merger probe

Spanish regulatory body CNMC has opened a case probing a possible breach of the Telefónica and Canal+ merger conditions. Telefónica could have broken one of the obligations imposed on the company to approve the merger operation in 2015; providing information to CNMC about its premium TV offers to guarantee that third parties can match it. […]

June 17, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Telefónica calls for competition rules change

Telefónica has urged Spain’s competition regulator Comisión Nacional de Los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) to change competition rules concerning Movistar Plus as, with the boom of streaming services, the platform has not a “dominant position” in the market anymore and therefore legal obligations on it to share premium content with others should be lifted. […]

February 24, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: CNMC wants 5G DTT interference action

Spanish regulator CNMC has urged approval of a resolution that mandates the measures 5G operators should implement to avoid 5G interference in DTT. For CNMC it is “urgent” to have a Draft Order for the 5G operators to develop their 700 MHz-based band network without interfering in DTT transmissions. Currently, after the DTT migration, TV […]

February 14, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: Pay-TV revenues down 7.3% in Q3

Low-cost TV offers and promotions in Spain saw pay-TV revenues drop by 7.3 per cent to €487.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 – despite the number of subscribers growing 4.8 per cent YoY for a total of 8.3 million According to data from CNMC, as a whole, the TV industry in Spain experienced […]

February 4, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: Telco giants control 75% of market

Spain’s three largest telcos – Movistar, Orange and Vodafone – control 74.5 per cent of the total revenues in the market, albeit three points below last year. Between April and June, the Spanish telco market reported €5;74 billion in revenues, according to the CNMC, with the largest operators taking 74.5 per cent. Mobile services made […]

November 24, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

La Liga TV rights auction ignores CNMC

Spanish football league La Liga has put TV rights up for auction for the next five seasons (2022-2027), ignoring regulator CNMC’s opposition on five years contracts. The rights are divided into seven packages, each one made up of several lots intended for both terrestrial and non-terrestrial television. The deadline for bids is December 13th. With […]

November 4, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spanish regulator backs more La Liga bidders

Spanish regulator CNMC has backed La Liga’s proposals to open up its football rights to more bidders through a new auction format with different options and packages. The CNMC has also stated that the rights should also be available to FTA broadcasters. La Liga’s proposal to market the rights in various lots “may encourage more […]

October 21, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Telefónica-DAZN deal under scrutiny

Spain’s competition regulator the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has urged Telefónica to modify “certain aspects” of its agreement with streaming service DAZN to comply with competition conditions imposed in April 2015 to avoid an abuse of a dominant market position. In particular, the deal would be breaking some commitments relating […]

August 10, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: FTTH in over 12m homes

The latest CNMC report corresponding to May reveals that FTTH has surpassed 12 million Spanish homes – a rise of 85,786 households in the last month and 1.4 million annually. By contrast, HFC lost 20,249 lines and ADSL decreased by 52,562. Movistar is the market leader with a 40 per cent share and 4.7 million […]

July 9, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

CNMC OKs MásMóvil, Euskaltel merger

Spain’s competition regulator the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), has given its first phase approval to the merger between telcos and Euskaltel. The €2 billion transaction consists of the acquisition by MásMóvil Ibercom S.A.U. of exclusive control of Euskatel, S.A. through a public offer to acquire shares representing the entire capital […]

June 17, 2021By Colin Mann