Altice content chief resigns

Altice Media Group president Bernard Mourad has resigned, reportedly to take on the role of campaign director for would-be French presidential candidate and former economy minister Emmanuel Macron. Mourad, in addition to his Altice role, was recently named deputy CEO of SFR Media, the closely related media unit of the French service provider majority-owned byAltice, […]

Sky ‘rapidly closing the gap’ on Liberty Global

Sky is “rapidly closing the gap” on its larger rival Liberty Global in Western Europe, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count in the region will drop from 18.5 million to 17.4 million between 2015 and 2021, while Sky’s will rise from 16.9 million to 17.3 million. […]

Altice launches studios division

French free and pay TV operator Altice has unveiled plans to invest further in content creation and has created a dedicated studio. Altice is to create Altice Studios to create new original movies and series, and Altice Channel Factory, to create more new channels following the launch of a raft of TV services under the […]

TV performs strongly for Altice

Altice Group second quarter financials were pulled down by continued subscriber, revenue and earnings losses at French unit SFR, despite a solid performance elsewhere, including its new US acquisitions. The quarter saw the completion of the acquisitions of a 49% stake in NextRadioTV and Alticemedia Group France to create a portfolio of channels that also […]

Altice reorganises TV division

Altice-owned SFR Group has reorganised its recently formed media outfit, SFR Media, naming management teams for the three sub-divisions of the group. SFR Media remains headed by Alain Weill as CEO. Damien Bernet, hitherto deputy CEO at NextRadioTV, will serve as deputy chief executive, while Bernard Mourad, the media and telecoms entrepreneur and close associate […]

Altice to invest in originals, new US services

Altice founder Patrick Drahi plans to produce original series in France from next year that he hopes to distribute globally via the company’s distribution networks to its 46 million subscribers. Speaking to journalists in New York on the completion of Altice’s acquisition of Cablevision, Drahi said that he believed Altice Media could create series for […]

Altice boss steps down

Altice boss Patrick Drahi has stepped down from his role as president of the company in favour of former CEO Dexter Goei ahead of the group’s acquisition of Cablevision in the US. Goei will take over the new US operation as chairman and CEO of Altice USA, in addition to his role as president of […]

Portuguese operator goes big on 4K

Portugal Telecom has launched a new 4K Ultra HD set-top box and has unveiled plans to offer  a wide range of 4K sport content as well as other 4K channels and on-demand content. The Altice-owned operator, which provides services under the Meo brand, has launched the MEOBox4K, enabling its fibre cutomers to view a range […]

FCC approves Altice’s $17.7bn Cablevision deal

The Federal Communications Commission has approved Altice’s US$17.7 billion (€15.7 billion) deal to acquire US cable player Cablevision. In a memo released yesterday, the US regulator said that the deal is “unlikely to result in any significant public interest harms” and that approving the deal “serves the public interest”. “We find that the transaction is […]

Altice to roll media assets into SFR

Altice is to consolidate all of its French media assets into telecom unit SFR, according to French press reports. According to the Journal du Dimanche, citing unnamed sources, SFR will announce on Wednesday that it is acquiring Altice’s media assets in France. These include a 49% stake in NextRadio, owner of BFM TV, BFM Business […]