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Movistar Plus President Sergio Oslé on Audience Sea Change & Achieving Scale in Spain

Few European TV execs have a better sense of the bigger picture than Movistar Plus president Sergio Oslé. Variety caught up with him as HBO Max announced it had acquired “Perfect Life” for the U.S. and committed to produce a second season with Movistar Plus, the pay-TV arm of telco giant Telefonica, which has also […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Telefonica, Movistar, Natpe, Movistar Plus, Sergio Oslé, HBO Max, Sergio Oslé Variety

DAZN, Movistar Plus Team for Linear, Streaming Sports Packages in Spain

Spain’s Movistar Plus, the pay TV arm of Telefonica, and global sports streaming platform DAZN, have closed a deal that will offer extensive live sports and factual sports content to clients of both companies. Through the alliance, Movistar subscribers will be given the option of receiving DAZN content through new linear channels on Movistar Plus, […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Markets & Festivals, Festivals, Formula 1, Telefonica, Movistar, English Premier League, Natpe, Movistar Plus, DAZN, DAZN Movistar

YC-backed Blabla raises $1.5M to teach English through short videos

Short, snappy, entertaining videos have become an increasingly common way for young people to receive information. Why not learn English through TikTok-like videos too? That was what prompted Angelo Huang to launch Blabla. Originally from Taiwan, Huang relocated to Shanghai in 2019 to start Blabla after working in Silicon Valley for over a decade. A year later, Blabla was chosen as part of Y Combinator’s 2020 summer cohort. The coronavirus had begun to spread in the U.S. at the time, keeping mil...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Education, China, Southeast Asia, Funding, Tech, Taiwan, Shanghai, Tencent, Silicon Valley, Telefonica, Latin America, Yc, Huang

UK competition watchdog fast-tracks investigation into mega-merger of O2 and Virgin Media

American cable guy Liberty Global and Spanish multinational Telefónica ask CMA to hurry up and marry their kids The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will subject the proposed merger of Virgin Media and O2 to an investigation to decide whether the combined mega-entity will hurt the market for certain telecommunications-related products.…
Tags: UK, Software, Virgin Media, Telefonica, Cma, Liberty Global, Markets Authority CMA

Movistar Drops Teaser for ‘Los Prisioneros,’ a Portrait of the Legendary Punk Band (EXCLUSIVE)

Latin America’s Movistar, the brand of giant Madrid-based telecom Telefonica, has dropped a first teaser for “Los Prisioneros,” a portrait of the legendary Chilean punk band as it creates its greatest hits under Augusto Pinochet’s oppressive military dictatorship. Set to go into production in January, and showrun by Joanna Lombardi, Movistar Latin America’s head of fiction, […]
Tags: News, Global, Madrid, Telefonica, Latin America, Movistar, Augusto Pinochet, Movistar Drops Teaser for ` Los Prisioneros, Joanna Lombardi Movistar Latin America

Submer is dunking servers in goo to save the planet

Digital technologies now serve as the central nervous system for the global economy, and making that nervous system work depends on networks of massive data centers that hoover up enormous amounts of power to keep businesses operating around the world. It’s not just keeping those data centers on, but keeping the rows and rows of servers that house all the data companies access in climate-controlled environment so they can operate effectively comes with a massive heating and cooling bill. As comp...
Tags: Startups, TC, Microsoft, Scotland, Un, Telefonica, Klarna, Valls, Tim Reynolds, Project Natick, Norrsken Foundation, Submer, Pol Valls, Daniel Pope, Norrsken VC, Jane Street Capital Founded

Movistar Plus Ramps up TV Production

Movistar Plus, the pay TV division of Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telecoms, is scaling up — in series’ ambition, distribution aggression and corporate magnitude — as it seeks preeminence as a producer not only in Spain but also in the world’s dramatically exploding Spanish-language content market. That expansive drive has seen bullish moves in […]
Tags: Europe, Amc, Global, Spain, Telefonica, Stanley Tucci, Movistar, Movistar Plus, Movistar Plus Ramps up TV Production

Conecta Fiction: Movistar Plus’ Domingo Corral Sets the Record Right on Competing with Netflix

No telecom in Europe has driven into original production with such energy as Spain’s Telefonica. Since its first series, “Velvet Collection,” bowed in Sept. 2017,  its pay TV operator, Movistar Plus, has produced 21 original series, 13 returning seasons and one original film, Alejandro Amenadbar’s “While At War.” These titles include quite possibly the biggest […]
Tags: Europe, News, Global, Spain, Netflix, Telefonica, Movistar, Conecta Fiction, Domingo Corral, Alejandro Amenadbar

Digital Colony’s Highline Drops Out of Oi Auction

Last week it appeared Digital Colony's Brazilian foray, Highline do Brasil, was poised to win the auction to buy Oi. Things have shifted quickly, however, and it now appears that a consortium backed by the Brazilian subsidiaries of America Movil, TIM, and Telefonica will come away with the prize. ... [visit site to read more]
Tags: Advertising, Mergers and Acquisitions, Telefonica, Brasil, Financials, ILECs, PTTs, Digital Colony, America Movil TIM

Global Bulletin: BBC Gets ‘Brain in Gear’ From Gbemisola Ikumelo

BBC Two has commissioned “Brain in Gear,” a new comedy series produced by BBC Studios, based on the eponymous 2019 BAFTA-nominated BBC short from creator Gbemisola Ikumelo. In the short, Ikumelo plays Remi, an anxious single woman living alone — except for the voices in her head. The series will continue Remi’s story as she […]
Tags: News, Global, Bbc, BAFTA, Telefonica, Bbc Studios, Amitabh Bachchan, Rémi, Liberty Latin America

La Fortuna: Stanley Tucci Joins Alejandro Amenábar’s Limited Series

La Fortuna: Stanley Tucci Joins Alejandro Amenábar’s Limited Series AMC Studios and Movistar+, the pay TV division of Spain’s Telefonica, in collaboration with MOD Pictures, have announced that Academy Award-nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, Big Night, The Devil Wears Prada) has been cast in Alejandro Amenábar’s newly titled original limited series La Fortuna. The six-part adventure thriller also stars Spanish actors Álvaro Mel and Ana Polvorosa. PB = PB |...
Tags: TV, Movies, Amc, Spain, TV News, North America, Telefonica, Alex, Stanley Tucci, Mel, Caribbean, Movistar, La Fortuna, Clarke Peters, Lucia, Tucci

Latin America’s Movistar, Onza Seal Four Series World Sales Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

Latin America’s Movistar, a label of telecom giant Telefonica, has closed a worldwide sales deal with Madrid-based Onza Distribution on the first four Movistar original series. The deal excludes Latin America where Movistar has aired the series on Movistar Play, the burgeoning OTT services of pay TV unit Movistar TV, from September 2019. Onza Distribution […]
Tags: News, Global, Markets & Festivals, Madrid, Telefonica, Latin America, Movistar, Onza Distribution, Movistar TV, OTT services of pay TV

UNWTO And Telefónica Partner To Help Destinations Use Data And AI To Drive Tourism’s Sustainable Recovery

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has strengthened its partnership with Telefónica, the Spanish multinational telecommunications company. As tourism restarts around the world, Telefonica deepens its collaboration with the United Nations specialized agency to advance market intelligence in order to accelerate the sector's recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
Tags: Travel, United Nations, Telefonica, UNWTO, World Tourism Organization UNWTO

Now one of the largest Black-led venture firms by assets, Base10 raises $250 million second fund

Two years after closing their debut fund of $150 million, Base10 co-founders Adeyemi Ajao and TJ Nahigian, are back with a $250 million investment fund and a sense of vindication for their thesis of investing in startups making automation for the people. For Ajao, an immigrant who spent grew up in Nigeria and Spain before moving to the US, the new fund is a confirmation that even without having an explicit focus on minority investments, it’s possible to create a portfolio led by a diverse mix of...
Tags: TC, California, Nigeria, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Mexico City, Netherlands, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Telefonica, Latin America, Jobr

Spain’s Telefonica, Atresmedia Unveil Production Powerhouse Buendia Estudios

European Commission antitrust authorities have greenlit the launch of Buendía Estudios, the joint content creation and production company created by giant telecom Telefonica and Spain’s Atresmedia group, original co-creators of “La Casa de Papel.” Producing film, series and entertainment projects, the game-changing strategic alliance will see a joint venture between Spain’s two biggest content investors […]
Tags: News, Global, Spain, Production, European Commission, Telefonica, Atresmedia, La Casa de Papel, Buendía Estudios

Security decoy startup CounterCraft closes $5M Series A

Spain-based CounterCraft, which builds b2b tools for gathering counterintelligence on evolving security threats, has closed a $5M Series A. The all cash round is led by Adara Ventures, with eCAPITAL and Red Eléctrica Group joining as new investors, and with participation from existing backers including Evolution Equity, ORZA, and Wayra. CounterCraft was founded back in 2015 with the aim of helping security chiefs take a more proactive defense stance. The founders went through Telefonica’s Way...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Europe, US, Tech, Spain, United States, North America, Madrid, Telefonica, Threat, Computer Security, Western Europe, Alberto Gomez, Barroso, Wayra

Hutchison wins legal challenge to EU veto on O2 takeover

CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd has won a victory against an EU antitrust decision blocking its 10.3 billion pound ($12.6 billion) bid to buy O2 UK from Spain's Telefonica in 2016.
Tags: UK, Money, Eu, Spain, businessNews, Telefonica, Hutchison, CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd

Beards and barking dogs: how Telefonica merged O2 in the middle of a pandemic

The biggest deal since the coronavirus forced the world into a lockdown was sealed thanks to a frantic round of late night calls among bearded faces and without even a virtual toast to mark the creation of a new force in the British telecoms sector.
Tags: Money, businessNews, Telefonica

Liberty and Telefonica agree $38 billion UK tie-up to take on BT

Liberty Global and Telefonica have agreed to merge their British businesses in a $38 billion deal that will create a powerhouse in mobile and broadband to take on market leader BT.
Tags: UK, Money, businessNews, Telefonica, Liberty Global

O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge

Multinationals' UK arms pair up to take on Voda and former state-owned telco Telcos Telefónica and Liberty Global today confirmed plans to join their O2 UK and Virgin Media subsidiaries into one combined entity in a deal analysts branded a "blockbuster merger".…
Tags: UK, Software, Vodafone, Virgin Media, Telefonica, Liberty Global, Voda

Liberty’s Virgin Media and Telefonica’s O2 to merge in the UK in $39B deal

The regulators said “NO” when Telefonica tried to combine its O2 operations in the UK with rival carrier, Hutchison-owned Three, back in 2015. But Telefonica didn’t let go of the idea of divestment, and five years later, in the middle of a health pandemic with related threats of a global economic depression looming over us, comes the latest effort on that front. Telefonica and Liberty Global today announced a plan to merge the Spanish telco’s UK mobile carrier O2 with Virgin Media, a pay-TV a...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Europe, UK, Tech, Broadband, Netherlands, Telecoms, Vodafone, M&a, Mergers, Belgium, Virgin, O2, Virgin Media, Telefonica

Liberty Global, Telefonica Merge Virgin Media, O2 in U.K.

MADRID —  Fulfilling predictions, John Malone’s cable company Liberty Global and Spain-based Telefonica have created a 50-50 joint venture, merging Liberty Global’s broadband network Virgin Media and Telefonica’s mobile platform O2, Telefonica and Liberty Global announced Thursday. The merger creates the leading fixed-mobile provider in one of the biggest telecoms market in Europe, with O2 […]
Tags: Europe, News, Global, Spain, Madrid, Telefonica, John Malone, Liberty Global, Liberty Global Telefonica

Liberty and Telefonica in $38 billion UK tie-up to take on BT

Liberty Global Plc and Telefonica SA have agreed to merge their British businesses in a $38 billion deal including debt that will step up the challenge to market leader BT in mobile and broadband.
Tags: UK, Money, businessNews, Telefonica, Telefonica SA, Liberty Global PLC

Comms giant Telefonica confirms O2 in talks to merge with Virgin Media

Brrrring brrrring... Yep it's American cable guy Liberty Global It's official: mobile networks operator O2 is negotiating a merger with Virgin Media. Should the deal — details of which are not yet known — complete, it would see the creation of the UK's largest entertainment and telco provider, spanning mobile, fixed-line telecommunications, broadband, and pay TV.…
Tags: UK, Software, Telefonica

Telefonica Shares Rise 4% on News of $30 Billion O2, Virgin Media Merger Talks

Shares in Spanish telco giant Telefonica were trading 4% higher at 4.35 Euros ($4.76) Monday after it confirmed that it is in talks with John Malone’s cable company Liberty Global about the merger of its U.K. mobile-phone operator O2 with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media, a leading provider of pay-TV, broadband, fixed-line and cell-phone services to […]
Tags: News, Global, Virgin Media, Telefonica, John Malone, Liberty Global

Telefonica and Liberty Global Plot Merger of O2 and Virgin Media

The UK may see some consolidation in the UK networking market, and it's beyond the rumor stage. Telefonica has with Liberty Global to combine their respective UK operating companies into a larger, more competitive player. ... [visit site to read more]
Tags: UK, Cable, Advertising, Wireless, Mergers and Acquisitions, Virgin Media, Telefonica, Liberty Global, Fiber Networks

Working From Home | Daily Routine, Productivity, Procrastination

Adjusting to the new normal in the current climate caused by COVID-19 is a challenge for us all. Huge swathes of the workforce are now working from home and still required to work in effective teams…and as normally as possible…whatever that now means! For many, this is the norm, for others they’ve worked from home on occasion so have a routine in place, but for some this is a brand-new experience. Remote working successfully can be achieved with the right systems and mindsets, so let’s follow on...
Tags: UK, Marketing, Spain, Bbc, Telefonica, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, Joe Wicks, Enrique Blanco CTO

Movistar Plus Pitches ‘La Unidad’ Digitally to International Buyers

MADRID  —  Telefonica’s Movistar Plus was set to show off a pair of dramas at this year’s MipTV before the market was canceled. Now, Movistar has prepared online presentations on Monday where it will screen episodes of both series as well as conversations with producers and creatives from both series. Each show focus on terrorist […]
Tags: Global, Madrid, Telefonica, Movistar, Movistar Plus, La unidad, Movistar Plus Pitches ` La Unidad

Internet use in Spain shows a dip every day at 8 p.m. — when everyone collectively signs off to cheer on health workers

A Twitter campaign has inspired people around the world who are staying home amid the coronavirus outbreak to lean out their windows once a day to cheer health workers. In Spain, the practice is reportedly so widespread that it causes a noticeable dip in internet traffic every evening. Every night, internet traffic in Spain goes down at 8 p.m. when people cheer workers, then goes back up, a spokesperson for internet provider Telefónica told Business Insider. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Twitter, Trends, Spain, Cnn, Netflix, New York Times, Beverly Hills, Ibm, Watson, Vancouver, Jeff Bezos, North America, Telefonica, Business Insider, Akamai, Tom Leighton