Despite increasing competition from over-the-top players and from satellite providers, and declining subscriber numbers, the cable industry in the European Union has continued to grow with gross cable revenues topping €22.4 billion ($23.34 billion) in 2015, a 5.7% increase year-over-year.
More than half of cable revenues in 2015 (53%) came from Internet and phone services, according to a report from IHS Markit, with Internet revenues up nearly 10% to €7.2 billion.
AMC International Networks Iberia is partnering with many2many programming service Machinima to launch a gaming, eSports and heros SVOD channel for Spain and Portugal.
The channel will be available via pay TV, smart TVs and iOS/Android apps and feature programming produced by Machinima, including Street Fighter: Resurrection, eSports reality show Training Camp and the forthcoming Transformers: The Combiner Wars.
Portugal’s third quarter pay-TV numbers were up 5.4% Y/Y, about 179,000, to 3.473 million, new figures from Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) showed, with fiber-to-the-home seeing the fastest growth over the quarter and year.
As Netflix continues its push into European markets, competitors have aggressively pushed back, adding content—in some cases Netflix Originals – to their arsenals in an attempt to defend their piece of the streaming pie.
Netflix is steadily picking up speed in its intention to be deployed in 200 nations by the end of 2016. Last week, CEO Reed Hastings told a Spanish newspaper that the streamer would launch in Spain sometime in October and this weekend it confirmed that it would be rolling out in Italy and Portugal in October, as well.
The long odyssey of Portuguese pay-TV provider Cabovisão continues, with the country’s cable operator back on the market for the third time since 2006.
French owner Altice confirms the company -- which it acquired for $59.3 million from Canadian operator Cogeco in 2012 -- is in play, and already drawing interest.