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Movistar, Telefónica’s pay-TV service in Spain, is to reduce its satellite distribution options by leaving the Hispasat platform in January 2018.

movistar plataforma 13 december 2017As it leads fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in Spain and continues to increase its investment in IP-based, convergent services, satellite has gradually become a residual business for the telco.

According to some analysts, Movistar+ is preparing to stop offering satellite TV within two years.

In fact, as of January 2018, the Telefónica platform will only offer a satellite signal through SES Astra.

There are substantial differences between the content and features available for IPTV and ADSL TV subscribers and those available for satellite clients. Movistar+’s direct-to-home (DTH) platform, which was once the leading pay-TV service, has 15 fewer networks, and advanced features such as seven-days catch-up aren’t available.

The strategy, which has not been confirmed by the telco, would follow the trend recently reported by the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, which points to a continued drop in satellite subscribers.