Advanced Television


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

Media Distillery and Nielsen’s Gracenote partner

Media Distillery, a provider of AI technology enabling visibility into what’s inside video content, and Gracenote, the content solutions pillar of Nielsen, have integrated their respective technologies and datasets to create a powerful solution to optimise Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) utility. Available immediately, this offering helps pay-TV operators including cable, satellite, terrestrial, IPTV, streaming and […]

November 16, 2021

Portuguese operators oppose pay-TV tax hike

The Portuguese Association of Electronic Telecommunications Operators (APRITEL) has criticised the proposed increase in the annual tax levied from pay-TV operators. The draft State Budget for 2022 provides that pay-TV operators such as NOS, Meo, Vodafone Portugal and Nowo will now pay a semi-annual fee of €2 per subscriber, or €4/year. In a statement to […]

October 14, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Metrological powers NOS premium apps

Cloud-based application platform Metrological has confirmed that Portuguese multiplay operator NOS is leveraging the Metrological Application Platform to bring additional premium apps and OTT services to their TV subscribers. The Metrological Application Platform is integrated across NOS’s next-gen UMA set-top boxes, which Metrological says enables easy onboarding, optimisation and monetisation of OTT services and app […]

October 7, 2021

Portugal: 1 in 4 have SVoD subscription

One in four Portuguese (24 per cent) over the age of 15 subscribe to a streaming platform, according to the first edition of Marktest’s BStream study on SVoD services. The study analysed services operating in Portugal (Apple TV, Disney+, HBO, MEO Filmes e Séries, Netflix, NOS Play, OPTO SIC, Amazon Prime Video), as well as […]

September 30, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

NOS teams with ATX Networks for HFC amplifier upgrades

ATX Networks, a global player in broadband access and media distribution solutions, is supplying NOS, one of Portugal’s top communications and entertainment groups, with outside plant equipment critical to the service provider’s expansion of its HFC network. NOS has selected ATX’s GigaXtend GMC Series of 1.2GHz amplifiers to upgrade its installed base of Cisco 1.2GHz […]

March 23, 2021

GIGAEurope members join EU Green Deal Coalition

GIGAEurope members, Liberty Global, NOS, TDC Group and Vodafone Group, have joined the European Green Digital Coalition as founding members and signed the Declaration. The move has been welcomed by EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, and the EU Presidency at Digital Day 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal. By signing the declaration, companies commit […]

March 19, 2021

NOS selects Media Distillery

NOS, Portugal’s primary cable operator serving more than 1.7 million video households, has selected Media Distillery’s Deep Content Understanding technology to enhance the user experience and customer engagement of their video platform, by creating a ‘linear on demand’ viewing experience. Media Distillery’s award-winning Deep Content Understanding technology can analyze video content to determine relevant topics, […]

February 2, 2021

Portugal: TVCine to launch VoD service

Portuguese subscription movie platform TVCine will launch an on-demand service, offering movies and TV series, on January 19th. Branded TVCine+, the new service will give access to content previously aired on its premium pay-TV channels TVCine Top, TVCine Edition, TVCine Emotion and TVCine Action. The service will be free of charge to all subscribers, with […]

January 15, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Acorn TV rolls out in Portugal

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is arriving in Portugal on October 1st and will be available through telcos MEO and NOS, offering a catalogue consisting of British drama, mystery and comedy series from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) will support Acorn TV in Portugal, providing affiliate sales, […]

September 30, 2020