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Orange counts 5.5mn pay-TV subs

France Telecom-Orange saw its pay-TV customer base (served by IPTV and satellite platforms) rise 20% on an annual basis in the first half of this year to reach 5.5mn.

Most of these subscribers are located in France and Poland, but there is also a smattering of them in Belgium and Slovakia. In France, the telco saw its pay-TV customer base rise 21% annually to reach 4.7mn by the end of June.

This continued success in its home market is no doubt due in part to the introduction of a unified TV delivery platform in France earlier this year, capable of serving both its IPTV and satellite TV subs with one common middleware and content protection platform (provided by Viaccess-Orca).

In Poland, the number of digital TV customers (IPTV and satellite) continued to climb, with 677,000 customers at the end of June, a year-on-year increase of 14.2%.

The telco introduced its unified TV platform in Poland last June, featuring a heavily customised user interface to include multi-screen delivery of content and a more personalised and consistent TV-centric end-user experience on all devices, as well as some additional functionalities to its DTH customers.

Across all operations and markets, the group achieved consolidated revenues of €21.8bn in the first half of this year, down 0.1% from the previous year, while net profits fell from €2.1bn to €1.9bn by the same comparison.

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