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Telefónica selects MediaKind to enhance Movistar+

MediaKind, a global player in media technology and solutions, has been selected by Telefónica to enhance the VoD offerings of Movistar+, the Spanish telco’s pay-TV subscription service. MediaKind’s Aquila On-Demand solution, which launched in August 2020, will be deployed to deliver rapid asset processing of Movistar+’s on-demand OTT and IPTV content, encompassing transcoding, transformation, packaging, […]

May 26, 2021

Spain: FTTH reaches 11.7m lines

FTTH continues its rapid expansion in Spain adding 107,651 lines in February to reach a total of 11.7 million lines. In one year, the FTTH market has gained 1.3 million lines, according to latest CNMC data, versus a 0.7 million loss of DSL lines. Overall, 81.8 per cent of FTTH lines belonged to the three […]

April 16, 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

New Movistar Fusion subs obliged to buy smartphone

In an unprecedented move, Movistar will make all new subscribers acquire a smartphone from its catalogue if they wish to subscribe to its convergent Fusion packages. The company will launch the new ‘Fusion fees’ week commencing April 12th with a €3 monthly rise on average and the obligation for new subscribers to buy a smartphone […]

April 7, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: 5G tests to prove no DTT interference

The Spanish government and telco operators are carrying out tests on the 700MHz frequency band to check that 5G services do not have any interference on DTT transmissions. The tests are taking place in the Spanish city of Ciudad Real with Movistar, Vodafone and Orange using their own infrastructure specifically created for this purpose. Tech […]

April 1, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Movistar adds Atresplayer and Mitele Plus

Spanish pay-TV platform Movistar has added Atresmedia’s Atresplayer and Mediaset’s Mitele Plus to its line-up. Movistar’s four million subscribers will be able to have access to the premium OTT services via their respective apps in the platform and also through the STB search function. The integration agreement is a timely boost to the platforms in […]

March 18, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain: Movistar, Vodafone, Orange ally for 5G funds

Spain’s three largest telco operators -Movistar, Vodafone and Orange- have entered into an alliance to bid for the European financial aids to extend 4G and 5G to rural areas in the country. The operators will submit a joint proposal to get the estimated €4.3 billion in public aids between 2021 and 2025 to deploy the […]

March 12, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Analyst: Has América Móvil found key to OTT growth?

The growth observed in OTT pay-TV remains slow in Latin America. At end of 2020, this technology represents almost 1.3 million subscribers; barely 2 per cent of the pay-TV market, reports Dataxis. A review of DirecTV, Telefónica and América Móvil strategies shows the different strategies implemented to change this static situation. Low prices and alliances […]

February 25, 2021

Spain: Movistar, Vodafone ‘abusive’ price rises

The Consumers Association Facua has reported to the Ministry of Consumption and the Regional Governments the alleged “abusive practices” made by Movistar and Vodafone for raising their subscription fees “without justification”, consequently breaking the law. Since January 12th, Movistar raised its Movistar Fusión price by €2-€3 for its optic fibre TV packages and between €7-€8 […]

February 16, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Report: 64% of Spaniards subscribe to pay-TV

Some 64 per cent of Spaniards are subscribed to a pay-TV or OTT service, according to a report from Asociación para la Investigación de los Medios de Comunicación (AIMC). The report shows that OTT services are increasingly gaining popularity amongst Spaniards witha 52.3 per cent of those interviewed subscribing to Netflix, HBO and/or Amazon Prime […]

February 4, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid