Category Archives: Pay TV

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 [...]

Colombia warns about online piracy

The Colombian Government lost more than USD 200 million in 2017 due to online piracy and sub-reporting, according to data unveiled by representatives of The Alliance Against Pay TV Piracy, the Attorney General’s Office, the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) and the National Television Authority (ANTV). Specifically, Colombia lost USD 184 million for taxes [...]

Canal+ rolls out new package Essentiel+ in Togo

Canal+ officially launch new package, known as Essentiel+ with 130 channels in Togo. Commenting the launch, the Managing Director of Canal+ Togo, Alexandre Cohen, stated, Based on a survey of our customers, we wanted to improve this package with new channels, namely Canal+ Comédie and Canal+ Action which align with African realities, and Canal+ Sport for [...]

Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2018: Executives expect competition to increase over the next five years

Content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider Nagra (Kudelski Group) revealed the global findings of the 2018 Pay-TV Innovation Forum, which are based on extensive regional research conducted in Europe, North America, with a special focus on the United States, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The third edition of this programme highlights that 84% of pay [...]

MultiChoice Kenya drops DStv, GoTV mobile service

MultiChoice Kenya is planning to terminate mobile TV services due to the fast-changing technology in the broadcasting sector and growing internet penetration. As from September 1, GoTv mobile service will be unavailable after having launched the service in Kenya in 2011. The DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld) television service was focused at middle-class subscribers [...]

Colombia reached 5.9 million pay TV subscribers in June

Colombian pay TV market reached 5.9 million users at the end of the second quarter, according to data from the National Television Authority (ANTV). Of those total, 1.93 million or 32.7% were satellite TV subscribers. Thus, pay TV in Colombia had an annual growth of 6.75%, since in June 2017 ANTV had reported 5.53 million [...]

Kwesé TV launches Scoop Network in Africa

Scoop Network Africa has recently launched on Kwesé TV. Scoop Networks programme schedule consists of a mix of light entertainment magazines with movie, music, fashion and celebrity news. Scoop Network joins Kwesé TVs exciting entertainment line-up with an exclusive tailor-made feed produced by from Dutch Indie FCCE based in Nairobi, Kenya for English speaking African [...]

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 [...]