Qualy TV has launched its pay-TV service in Costa Rica. Supported by the direct-to-home (DTH) Media Networks platform, the satellite service will start offering 53 SD signals and four premium film packages to the country.
German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland is to take over TV production company Plazamedia and become a shareholder in TV broadcaster Sport1 and marketing company Constantin Sport Marketing.
For the last few years the concept of cord-cutting has been one of great contention yet new research from Digitalsmiths has shown that pay-TV operators should be more aware of what is being described as cord-thinning.
Media agencies in Singapore and Hong Kong regularly consider international pay-TV channels in the media mix for regional/multi-market campaigns according to a survey by CASBAA, the region's Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery.
Leading Scandinavian pay-TV concern Modern Times Group (MTG) has extended its content licensing agreements with Disney Nordic for popular content in not just its home region but also the bordering Baltic territories.
Portugal is experiencing a very buoyant pay-TV sector, with over half its population having a cable or satellite service and this growth seems to be set to continue while in neighbouring Spain the sector has dropped half million subscriptions over the last year.
Eurosport and the German football association DFL Sports Enterprises have extended their long-standing partnership, enabling the commercial sports broadcaster to screen live Bundesliga matches in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.
Argentina's ESPN has presented its 2014 programming schedule for all its platforms, in which Brazil's World Cup will get extensive coverage. The sports network will gather every programme related to the championship under the concept ESPN FC.