Category Archives: Pay TV

Kudelski transfers STB and CAM businesses to Neotion

Kudelski Group announced that it has transferred its SmarDTV conditional access module (CAM) and set-top box businesses to SmarDTV Global, a newly set up entity affiliated with Neotion. The transaction will close by the end of the month. According to the group, upfront cash consideration for the transaction amounts to USD 20 million, subject to [...]

American Cable Association asks to reverse AT&T antitrust decision

The American Cable Association (ACA), an entity that represents small and medium-sized operators, urged the appeals court to reverse the rulling that allowed the AT&T-Time Warner merger. In June, District Judge Richard Leon allowed AT&T to complete the acquisition. However, the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is appealing that decision. In an amicus brief to the [...]

Broadband drives VTR Q2 growth

VTR, Chiles largest pay TV operator, added 22,000 RGUs in Q2, driven by growth in broadband and video RGUs, said Liberty Latin America in its earnings report announced last week. During the quarter, VTR added 27,000 broadband and 8,000 video RGUs. However, fixed-line telephony RGUs continued to fall and decreased by 13,000. At the end [...]

DStv retrieves local FTA channels in Tanzania from its bouquet

A week after the TCRA warned Multichoice Tanzania Ltd against airing FTA TV channels on its subscription list, the company took appropriate measures to abide by the order. The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), announced in a statement that it would suspend the license for Multichoice Tanzania if it kept carrying the FTAs although its [...]

Ugandan FA signs deal with StarTimes

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has bagged a 10-year broadcast and sponsorship agreement with pan-African pay-television operator StarTimes. The $7.24m worth contract includes broadcast rights and title sponsorship of the Premier League and Big League, the top two tiers of domestic club football. FUFA president Moses Magogo said, according to local newspaper New [...]

TCRA plans to suspend Multichoices license

Tanzanias telecommunications regulator is planning to suspend the license of Multichoice, owned by Naspers, for continuing to carry free-to-air channels. A notice issued by Tanzanias Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) said Multichoice had been instructed in June not to carry the channels on its platform, which continued to do so. While we remain open to constructive [...]

Pay TV operators expand channel offering in Mexico

Mexican Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) unveiled a report with the evolution of plans and tariffs of fixed telecommunications services, which includes a comparative analysis of the offer during the second quarter of 2017 and the same period in 2018. IFT affirmed that the offer improved in 2018 compared to the previous year. “In most plans [...]

StarTimes provides free viewing this month

StarTimes announced a one-month free access for all its subscribers starting from August 1st to 31st, with the inclusion of Ebony Life TV, ST Nollywood Plus and Fox irrespective of their subscription status. The Chinese pay-TV operator will also cater for a downward review of its Classic Bouquet subscription rate from N2600 to N1,900 in September, [...]

Bolivia recorded 472,000 pay TV subscribers in 2017

According to data published in the 2017 Institutional Report of Bolivia’s telecoms and transport regulator ATT, the pay TV market registered close to 472,000 subscribers at the end of that year, up 24% from 2016. In 2017, pay TV revenue reached Bs. 954 million (USD 135.6 million), which represented a growth of almost 40% compared [...]

DW joins StarTimes platform

As part of its on-going commitment to bring the best in local and international content, StarTimes is announcing the launch of a new channel on its platform, DW. Produced in Germany, DW is a global English-language channel broadcasting news around the clock. Broadcasts are organized in a rotating schedule of 30-minute news blocks which follow [...]