Feb 012014

Telefónica wants to buy Prisa’s 56% of Canal+ and has offered €600-€700 million, but the editorial group wants substantially more and has decided to pressure the telco by opening the process to other bidders, namely Al Jazeera, News Corporation, Liberty Global and Vivendi.

According to El Economista, the bid’s first period concluded on Friday, but Prisa didn’t get any satisfactory offer. Only Telefónica is close to offering what Prisa wants, as News Corporation has offered €200 million for the pay-TV platform. Al Jazeera and Vivendi’s offers remain under wraps and Liberty Global has recently shown interest in buying ONO, which may drive it to lose interest in Canal+.

Prisa is struggling under a huge debt, although it has managed to refinance the most immediate instalments. According to the newspaper, around €900 million needs to be paid in 2015, which is why the company will be looking forward to selling Canal+ for such an amount. It will get enough cashflow to pay the debt while abandoning the TV business, one of Prisa’s main objectives for the coming years.

The media group has been trying to sell Canal+ for a long time and is said not to be in a hurry to close the deal, prioritising profitability over rapidity. The plight of the pay-TV platform is not helping to solve the situation, as Canal+ keeps dropping subscriptions and has to face the increasing prices of broadcasting football rights.

source : rapidtvnews.com/index.php/2014020132094/prisa-wants-telefonica-to-increase-bid-for-canal.html

Nov 172013

A 46 year old resident of Albacete has been detained by police for pirating Canal+ satellite signals and redistribute it illegally over the Internet, in the proicess called cardsharing. The suspect charged between 10 and 20 euros to users who “hired” his internet service.

The person arrested could face a sentence of up to two years in prison and a fine of several thousand dollars by hacking Canal+ signal, illegal distribution and economic profit by reselling to other users. The detainee had at least 60 customers who were charged between 10 and 20 euros depending on the contents.

Authorities found in the home of the alleged “pirate” different tools that relate to pirating Canal+ satellite signals.

PRISA TV has been commissioned to put the complaint once found that the client was using cardsharing system to offer Canal + signal illegally. This system consists redistribute open encoded signal over the Internet. In 2010 the National Police dismantled a network of 8 people who were engaged in the Internet offer paid content from 15 euros per month.

Although Canal + has hardened its fight against piracy , the channel owned by Prisa is claiming a legal framework that guarantees their activity and prosecute those users who infringe copyright.

Jun 152013


Grupo Prisa is in talks to sell a stake in satellite broadcaster Digital Plus.

Telefónica, which itself owns 22 per cent of Digital Plus, is interested in buying Prisa’s , and according to reports News Corp has already made an approach.

However, these discussions are no longer active, according to people close to the situation.

Jan 012013

Spanish satellite pay-TV operator Canal+ seems to be experiencing a crisis, with subscriber numbers stalling and now premium channels beginning to leave its schedule.

According to market sources quoted by Mundoplus.TV, Discovery Networks is to remove its main channel Discovery Channel from Canal+ after rumours that Discovery is to buy into Eurosport.

Discovery Channel was one of the early channels to launch on the platform back in 1997. But recently the American company changed its strategy in Spain by launching a DTT free-to-air channel called Discovery MAX and this has led to Discovery Channel losing some of its attraction to viewers.

Dec 012012

Simply no.

Firstly Spanish TV is now digital. It is transmitted terrestrially. Sky boxes do not have a digital terrestrial tuner. Sky boxes only have an analogue terrestrial tuner. So you cannot receive Spanish TV using my Sky digibox in Spain if you connect it to a TV aerial in Spain.

More on TDT – Spanish Digital Terrestrail TV here

Secondly, a Sky box cannot manage other encryption services. Most Spanish channels on satellite use a different encryption system to that used by Sky. So the Sky box cannot physically read a viewing card used to encrypt Spanish satellite TV.

A Sky box is designed to boot up and start to work using data from the UK TV satellites at 28 east. However, Spanish TV is transmitted from Astra 19.2 East and Hispasat 30 West, which do not carry the data required to boot up a Sky digibox.

If you want to watch Spanish TV via satellite then you will require a Canal+ dish, box and subscription.

More on Canal+ (formally Digital+) in Spain