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Telco operators improve Spanish IPTV offer

Telefónica and Orange have both announced improvements to their IPTV services in Spain – as new figures show a 5% rise in broadband connections across the country.

Movistar TV, the Telefónica-owned IPTV platform, has launched Movistar TV Go, an app that allows subscribers in Spain to access a limited number of TV channels across all connected devices. The app, available on Android and iOS, comes at a promotional cost of €2.50 per month until October.

Movistar TV Go allows users to connect to up to five different devices using the same account. AXN, TNT, Calle 13, FOX, Paramount Comedy, Cosmopolitan, Nickleodeon, Hollywood, Eurosport, Disney Jr and National Geographic will all be available across devices, along with selected series and movies using VoD. Sports channels will be added to the offer from October.

In a related move, France Telecom-owned Orange, is revamping its Spanish IPTV service  to boost subscriptions. It will make its Orange TV offer available on all platforms, on both Android and iOs. It offers a basic package of 25 channels and a premium package of up to 30. Orange recently cut its monthly fees to its pay-TV service to match Movistar TV.

Orange lost 3,000, or 5.5%, of its Spanish subscriptions between April and June this year, leaving subscriptions overall at 65,000. It now wants to reach 100,000 Spanish pay-TV subscribers iby the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the latest report from Spanish telecoms market authority CMT shows a rise of 4.8% in broadband connections in June, meaning that there are now 11.9 million high-speed lines in Spain.

CMT said there were 27,755 new broadband lines in Spain in June. It said the new subscriptions were with operators like including Telefónica, who gained more than 45,000 contracts.

The authority said that competition for broadband in Spain is increasing overall. While native Telefónica still has 47.88% of the market, other operators have increased their share to just over 34%. Cable companies hold 18% of the broadband market.

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