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Spain: Pay-TV ups penetration, drops ARPU

Pay-TV is now present in 44.9 per cent of Spanish homes, with 40 per cent opting for convergent packages, according to the CNMC’s Panel de Hogares report. Pay-TV take-up is rapidly increasing in the country, rising from 28.5 per cent in 2016 to 44.9 per cent at the end of 2020. ARPU, though, has decreased […]

June 11, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: Pay-TV in over 8m homes

Pay-TV in Spain has surpassed the 8 million subscriber mark for the first time, after a 13.6 per cent rise in one year reaching 8.2 million customers at the end of 2020. A report from the regulatory body CNMC reveals that 78 per cent of all subscribers are enjoying TV in a convergent package with […]

April 12, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

RTVE hit with record fine for covert advertising

Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE will have to pay a €730,000 fine for covert advertising following the Supreme Court rejecting its appeal. The regulatory body CNMC imposed the record fine two years ago on the grounds that RTVE had carried out campaigns breaking the legislation that bans the public broadcaster from advertising, except for cultural sponsorships. […]

March 26, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Price rise and new content for Mitele Plus

Mediaset is seeking to boost subscriptions for its OTT platform Mitele Plus and gain ground versus on its rival Atresmedia-owned Atresplayer, by adding new and exclusive content. Mediaset will rely on its reality programmes Got Talent, La Isla de las Tentaciones and Solos/Solas to boost subscriptions by offering spin-off content and virtual meetings with its […]

January 15, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Regulator: Social influencers must finance European TV content?

Spain’s regulatory body CNMC has demanded that TV and streaming influencers be classified as “Audiovisual Services Providers through video exchange platforms” in the new TV law, set to be approved over the coming weeks. CNMC´s aim is that the streaming platforms used by influencers – such as YouTube, TikTok, Instagram TV and Twice – are […]

January 14, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: TV ad revenues drop 45% in Q2

The decline in TV ad revenues is setting unwanted records in Spain, with a 45 per cent drop in the second quarter to €318 million, according to CNMC data. Spain’s two largest TV groups, Mediaset and Atresmedia, took 80 per cent of the ad market with public TV taking 13.8 per cent. Pay-TV also experienced […]

November 26, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

CNMC softens Telefónica FTTH access rules 

Tougher competition in the Spanish FTTH market has seen the regulatory body CNMC lift Telefónica’s obligation to share its networks with third parties in 592 municipalities. Telefónica will be exempted from sharing its networks in those 592 municipalities (70 per cent of population). It will still need to give access in the initially approved 66 […]

November 18, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

OTT in 50% of Spanish homes

The pandemic has boosted the use of streaming platforms in Spain, with a growth of 33 per cent in the second quarter of the year against the same period last year, according to CNMC. This significant growth has driven streaming platforms to be in 50 per cent of all connected households. In just three years […]

October 30, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

Movistar must share premium TV for 3 more years

Movistar has been ordered to continue sharing its premium TV channels with other operators for an additional three years following the CNMC’s decision to extend the period. The conditions were initially imposed five years ago, allowing Telefónica and Canal Plus to add the channels to their own pay-TV offerings. Channels with exclusive content or premium […]

July 17, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid