Category Archives: Pay TV

Grupo Televisa selects Intelsat’s solutions for distribution services

Intelsat announced that leading Mexican multimedia company, Grupo Televisa, has extended their contract for Intelsats satellite solutions. Televisa will use high-throughput (HTS) Ku-band beams on Intelsat 35e for their European distribution needs. As part of the new, multi-year agreement, Grupo Televisa will leverage Intelsats global hybrid network to distribute its pay TV programming to viewers [...]

StarTimes will beam live African Freestyle Football competition

StarTimes will broadcast live the first ever African Freestyle Football competition in Nigeria from 13 to 15 September to its over 10 million subscribers across Africa. The tournament is accessible to freestylers all over Africa, beginning with the qualifying rounds and Nigerian championship on September 13- 14 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel [...]

DirecTV becomes Chile’s second pay TV operator

According to Q218 data from Chile’s Subsecretariat of Telecommunications (Subtel), the pay TV market reached 3.35 million subscribers, up 3.8% from previous year. VTR remains as leader, followed by DirecTV, which moved Movistar to the third place. At the end of Q218, DirecTV reported 690,184 subscribers (+10.2% YoY) and 20.6% of market share, while Movistar [...]

HBO Latin America selects Arris products for its content distribution network

Arris International announced that the Arris DSR-7412 transcoder, and DSR-4470 receiver decoder have been selected by HBO Latin America for its content distribution network. The Arris DSR-7412 and DSR-4470 will significantly reduce network bandwidth requirements while creating a new pathway for advanced services. Both devices feature HEVC compression and DVB-S2X modulation that increase the video [...]

Kwesé Zimbabwe launches a promotion for its 1 year of existence

Last year, Kwesé started business in Zimbabwe around this time. It wasnt an easy task for Kwesé to enter Zimbabwe. During that time, it was imperative for Kwese to start broadcasting in Zimbabwe, the home of Strive Masiyiwa. Yet in other African countries like Ghana, South Africa etc, Kwesé started business quite smoothly. To celebrate its 1 year of existence, Kwesé [...]

Brazil: Pay TV market falls again in July

According to data from the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), the pay TV market registered 17.83 million subscribers in July, representing a fall of 625,000 subscribers (-3.4% ) compared to the same period of 2017, and 91,000 (-0.5%) compared to June 2018. Claro Brazil group leads with 50% of market share and 8.9 million customers [...]

Zee TV targets Rwandan market with Afro-Indian content

Zee TV with business in Rwanda is planning to combine content from Rwanda and other African countries to produce a fusion of Afro-Indian story lines for their audience around the world. The TV channel, which already has 242 000+ hours of content, 3500 movie titles, 40 channels in India and 40 international channels broadcasted in [...]

Canal + launched new package “Essential +” in Gabon

The CEO of Canal + Gabon, Mamabou Mbeng, officially presented to the public, its new package “Essential +”, an offer in the areas of humor, emotion and sport. “Essential +” already offers three new channels namely Canal + action, Canal + comedy and Canal + sport. According to Mamadou Mbengue, “Essential +” replaces the package [...]

Pay TV focuses on user experience and multi-screen content

As part of the 2018 Pay TV Innovation Forum, Nagra (Kudelski Group) published a series of interviews with three leading TV industry executives from Latin America, who shared their views on the challenges and opportunities that pay TV faces in the region. In this context, Guillermo Paez, Director of Content Delivery Platforms at Telecom Argentina, [...]

Millicom receives approval to buy two regional cable operators in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Telecommunications Superintendency (Sutel) has approved the acquisition of Cable Zarcero and Cable Max by Millicom, which operates in the country under the Tigo brand. According to the regulator, there were no indications of potential adverse effects for the competition derived from the acquisition of both companies. The transaction includes the commercial operation, the [...]