Netflix goes ‘fully local’ in Turkey

Netflix has unveiled a “more localised” version of its service in Turkey, with domestic content and its first deal with a telecoms partner in the country in place. Netflix said its new “truly Turkish service” uses local language in its user interface, Turkish currency for payments and adds dozens of Turkish TV shows and movies […]

Vodafone UK CEO to lead Liberty JV

Vodafone and Liberty Global have said they will appoint Vodafone UK CEO Jeroen Hoencamp (pictured) as the chief executive of their 50-50 joint venture in the Netherlands. Under the plans, which were announced today, Ziggo chief finance officer Ritchy Drost will become CFO of the merged entity – which will combine Liberty-owned Ziggo’s fibre broadband network […]

Turner adds C4 exec for analytics post

Turner Europe, Middle East and Africa has appointed Channel 4 executive Pedro Cosa to fill a newly created analytics role. Cosa is set to join in September as vice president of insights and analytics, reporting to Turner EMEA president, Giorgio Stock. He will join from UK broadcaster Channel 4, where he has worked as deputy […]

Telcos target TV

Telecoms operators are increasingly looking to TV to drive new subs, increase customer loyalty and create a new revenue stream. Mark Newman, consultant and former chief research officer at Ovum, looks at which operator is doing what and where… and why. Hong Kong’s PCCW is beginning to feel more like a television company than a […]

Sky NZ and Vodafone agree $2.4bn merger

Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand have agreed a NZ$3.44 billion (US$2.4 billion) merger that will see them offer content “across all platforms and devices”. Citing a “rapidly evolving media landscape” the companies said that the combined group will provide an “enhanced customer experience and greater choice of products and services” – spanning entertainment […]

Sky NZ, Vodafone in merger talks

New Zealand pay TV operator Sky Network Television has confirmed that it is holding talks with Vodafone about a potential domestic merger. In a statement released to the New Zealand stock exchange, Sky said that it is in discussions with Vodafone Group regarding a “potential transaction involving a combination of the businesses of Sky and […]

HBO launching in Spain with Vodafone

HBO has struck a deal with Vodafone in Spain for the launch of its planned streaming video-on-demand service in the country, to be called HBO España. HBO said its Spanish service will launch with an extensive catalogue of premium content including current series such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Veep, Silicon Valley and a variety […]

Cindy Rose leaving Vodafone

Vodafone UK’s consumer director Cindy Rose is leaving the group after three years amid a wave of redundancies at the UK telecoms company. Rose joined Vodafone from Virgin Media in 2013 and was tasked with overseeing the company’s development of fixed broadband and partly to help create a pay TV service, which has not yet […]

Vodafone, Liberty Global agree Dutch merger

Vodafone and Liberty Global have agreed to merge their Dutch operations, forming a 50-50 joint venture that will combine Ziggo’s fibre broadband network with Vodafone’s mobile operations. The firms said that through the deal they will create a unified communications provider in the Netherlands – with complementary strengths across video, broadband, mobile and B2B services. […]

Qyou channel launches on Vodafone

The Qyou, the linear TV channel focused on the curation and programming of web-based short-form video content, has launched in Portugal on Vodafone’s TV service. The Qyou is now available to Vodafone’s 400,000 subscribers across Portugal. The company cited research from Statistica that showed over 40% of Portuguese consumers watch online video several times a […]