Sogecable ended 2010 as the leading provider of pay-TV services in Spain, claiming a market share of 41.3%.
Prisa TV, the former Sogecable, has named Stephen Dove as its chief digital officer with a brief of transforming the company’s digital operations across Spain, Latin America and the Unted States. He will work closely with Kamal Berwhani, chief digital officer of Prisa as a whole.
Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has launched a €499 million rights issue to fund its purchase of a 22% stake in Prisa’s Digital+ satellite pay-TV platform.
Digital+ has highlighted the success of its personal video recorder and multiroom products that have increased ARPU at the Spanish satcaster as overall subscriber numbers continue to fall. As of September 30, 2010 there were 1,772,677, a further decline from the 1,899,216, and the 11th quarter of negative growth. However, this fails to tell the […]
Canal Plus chief Bertrand Méheut has said the French pay-TV operator remains interested in a return to the Spanish Digital Plus pay-TV platform.
The entrance of Mediaset’s Spanish subsidiary Telecinco into Prisa’s pay-TV business Sogecable has been dealt a major blow after the competition authority (Comisión Nacional de la Competencia) announced plans to hold separate enquiries into the pay-TV business and plans for Telecinco to also purchase the free-to-air channel Cuatro.
SES Astra is to lease another two transponders to Sogecable as part of the development of its high definition offer. The transponders will go live later this year.
Sogecable will continue to meet all of its contractual obligations in the transmission of live coverage from the Spanish football league, according to Ignacio Polanco, president of the pay-TV operator’s largest shareholder Prisa.
Spanish pay-TV operator Sogecable will have complete access to the country’s top flight football after a Madrid court told rights agency Mediapro to hand back the broadcast rights to first and second divisions.
Sense has prevailed in the Spanish DTT market after an agreement between Prisa and Mediapro to operate a single pay platform.