Cable operator UPC will provide around 300,000 internet customers in Switzerland and Austria with its new-generation modem Connect Box free of charge.
The Swiss cable operators have lost 129,000 TV customers in the past 12 months, mainly due to the strong competition with IPTV provider Swisscom.
Swiss competition authority WEKO has imposed a CHF71.8 million (€64.6 million) fine against telco Swisscom for anti-competitive behaviour in the pay-TV sports rights business.
Switzerland’s national telco Swisscom has increased its number of IPTV customers in Q1 2016 by 36,000 to a total of 1.37 million.
Eurochannel, the TV channel dedicated to European movies, series, documentaries and music, has launched in Switzerland on the TV platform operated by net+.
German mobile communications company Freenet has purchased a 23.8% stake in Swiss telco Sunrise for around €714 million.
Swiss telco Swisscom has continued to increase its number of TV customers at the expense of cable operators in 2015.
Following its recent German launch, Horse & Country TV, the international equestrian sports and lifestyle network, has appointed a local representative to oversee the channel’s expansion in Germany and its planned launch in Switzerland and Austria.
Austria’s incumbent telco A1 is now carrying the thematic channels DocuBox HD and Fast&FunBox HD channels from the SPI International/Filmbox pay-TV portfolio in its A1 Premium TV pack.
Internet TV provider Zattoo has stocked up its OTT offering in Switzerland with further 20 free-to-air TV channels to a total of more than 170 live-streams of domestic and international TV channels Swiss internet users can access free of charge.