Movistar+

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Movistar+
DTS, Distribuidora de Television Digital, S.A
Movistar+
Industry Pay television
Predecessor
  • Canal+
  • Movistar TV
Founded 8 July 2015
Headquarters C/ Gran Vía 28, 28013, Madrid, Spain
Area served
Nationwide
Products Satellite Television
IPTV
Parent Telefónica, S.A.
Website www.movistar.es/particulares/movistarplus

Movistar+ is the trade name of the subscription platform for digital television owned by Telefónica, which operates in Spain and is distributed via satellites such as Astra and Hispasat as well as with ADSL and optical fiber. The platform, which was officially launched on July 8, 2015, stems from the merger of Canal+ and Movistar TV. It is the largest subscription television provider in Spain with 3.8 million customers and 71% of market share.

History

In 2013, even though they had previously happened during 2008,[1] some negotiations about Canal+ sale appeared again. These ones would be more real because of the hurry banks had to solve Prisa's debt to them.[2]

In June 2014, Prisa accepted Telefónica's offer to own Canal+.[3] One month later, Mediaset España would sell its share to Telefónica so it could obtain the 100% of the company.[4]

On 8 July 2015, Telefónica launched Movistar+, a new plattform from the merger of Canal+ and Movistar TV which involved changes in the packages and new channels in both platforms.

It is a Pay-TV platform in Spain, owned by Telefónica. The platform, which broadcasts via cable and satellite, was officially launched on July 8, 2015 and stems from the merger of Canal + (satellite) and Movistar TV (IPTV) platforms.

Currently the subscription television platform, with more subscribers in Spain.

Since 2013, various news regarding the possible purchase of Canal + were published by Telefónica for PRISA could eliminate some of its debt. According to media reports, there were also many companies that wanted to buy the Pay-TV platform, as Al Jazeera, Vivendi and Liberty Global mogul Rupert Murdoch. However, this sale had no media coverage and it seemed that the negotiations and bids They lengthen much.

On May 6, 2014, Telefónica submitted a binding to gain 56% PRISA had in Canal +, in exchange for paying about 725 million offer euros. The next day, the media echoed the acceptance of PRISA were made. The seller stated that "for a period of thirty days," since then negotiate with the buyer to continue the buying process, which would be regulated and reviewed by the CNMC and Brussels, that there was no monopoly or establish a negative conditions for competency. Closing of this sale is subject to obtaining the necessary authorization from the competition authorities and approval by a representative panel of banks financing PRISA.

The June 18, 2014, Telefónica submitted a binding offer to acquire 295 million euros for 22% of Canal + in the hands of Mediaset Spain.

On July 4, 2014, Mediaset Spain accepted the offer to purchase 22% of Canal + Telefónica.

The April 22, 2015, the CNMC gave its approval to the sale of Canal + to Telefónica. After this, Canal + began the process of merger with Movistar TV the July 7, 2015, which resulted in Movistar +.

Channels operated by Movistar+

Family
  • #0 available in HD.
  • Movistar eSports available in HD.
Series
  • Movistar Series available in HD.
  • Movistar Seriesmanía available in HD.
Cinema
  • Movistar Estrenos available in HD.
  • Movistar Disney available in HD.
  • Movistar CineDoc&Roll available in HD.
  • Movistar Acción available in HD.
  • Movistar Comedia available in HD.
  • Movistar Drama available in HD.
  • Movistar Cine Español (SD).
Football
  • Movistar Partidazo available in HD.
  • Movistar Liga de Campeones available in HD.
Sports Selection
Motor
  • Movistar Fórmula 1 available in HD.
  • Movistar MotoGP available in HD.
A la carte
  • Caza y pesca available in HD.
  • Toros available in HD.

Movistar+ on devices

After the merger, Telefónica retained Canal +'s VOD service, launched in 2011. It is available on Android, Apple devices, the web, Smart TV (Samsung and LG), PS3/PS4 and Xbox.

References

  1. ^ "La negociación de venta Digital+ empezará pronto, según fuentes". Reuters. 
  2. ^ "Telefónica negocia la compra de Canal+ a Prisa para salvarla de los bancos". El Confidencial. 
  3. ^ "PRISA firma la venta del 56% de Canal+ a Telefónica por 750 millones". El País. 
  4. ^ "Mediaset acepta la oferta de Telefónica por su 22% de Canal+, según medios". Reuters. 

External links

  • Official website
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