Feb 232014

Telefónica has agreed a multi-year rights deal which will see it launch a dedicated F1 channel on its IPTV platform Movistar TV.

The agreement with Formula One Management, the commercial rights-holder for the motor racing series, starts with the forthcoming 2014 F1 season.

Telefónica said that the new channel will provide live coverage of all races, Qualifying and Practice sessions through any connected device, both inside and outside the home.

Movistar F1 will also include original content and supplementary information about the sport.

The new channel will launch in time for the 2014 season-opener in Melbourne, Australia on March 16.

Coverage will be free of commercial breaks during live coverage.

Coverage will include access to up to six different feeds – similar to that offered by the Sky Sports F1 service.

Spanish commercial broadcaster Antena 3 and Catalan public-service broadcaster TV3 last month agreed extensions to rights deals for Formula 1 covering the 2014 and 2015 seasons.



May 092013

Telefónica has launched a new version of its IPTV service, called ‘Movistar TV’ and featuring a more innovative and user-friendly interface and expanded content lineup, along with TV Everywhere features.

The new service replaces ‘Movistar Imagenio’, launched back in 2002 and powered by an Alcatel-Lucent platform since 2006, offering a range of PVR and time-shifting features, but only available in major urban areas.

Telefónica has been steadily losing its hard-won IPTV subscribers for a while now, reporting earlier today (May 8th) that it lost 50,000 in the first quarter of this year to reach a total of 659,000.

Movistar TV was designed with input from existing subscribers, with pilot tests conducted in the province of Castile and León, and 80% of participants rating the new version as very relevant to their needs.

In terms of new content, the new service includes the channel GolT2 International, offering Champions League football, and now features a total of 18 HD channels (including Canal+, Fox and National Geographic).