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Swisscom TV subs up 31% y-o-y

Swisscom had reached 728,000 subscribers…

… for its IPTV service ‘Swisscom TV’ by the end of September, up 31% from one year earlier, with 34,000 added in the preceding three months alone.

The number of fixed line broadband connections served in Switzerland rose by a far more modest 4.5% annually to reach 1.71mn, with 14,000 connections added in the third quarter. In Italy, the bundled TV and broadband offering launched a year ago by its local subsidiary Fastweb in partnership with Sky Italia has attracted 123,000 customers to date. Total revenues across all operations and markets for the first nine months of this year declined very slightly (1% year-on-year) to reach CHF 8.427bn (US$ 8.9bn), while net profits fell at a similar rate on an adjusted basis to reach CHF 1.528bn.

IP&TV News Editor’s view: The company deployed a “taste-and-mood” based content discovery engine last July for its IPTV service from Israeli firm Jinni – it will be interesting to see how this affects video consumption rates, and we will try to glean some information on this from Swisscom.

Polish regulator approves merger of ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus

Polish competition regulator UOKiK has approved the merger between Canal Plus’ Polish subsidiary Cyfra Plus and rival TVN Group, operator of the ‘n’ pay TV platform.

The pair’s strategic partnership will see the creation of a new unified platform with a base of 2.5 million subscribers.
Canal Plus is expected to take up to 40% of N-Vision, the company that controls 51% of TVN Group.
The deal is also expected to give Canal Plus a 51% stake in the merged platform, with TVN holding 32% and Liberty Global holding 17%.

TVN Group said it expected the deal to close before the end of the year. CEO Markus Tellenbach said the integration of the Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ platforms would begin immediately after the deal is completed in order to take advantage of planned synergies.

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