Vodafone goes back to TV in Spain

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 27-02-2014

Vodafone has returned to the TV business in Spain after signing a deal with Canal+ which allows the UK telco to distribute Yomvi's premium content through the Vodafone Box and mobile devices.

According to Europa Press, the service will be available for Vodafone customers from March.

Football content will be the star of the new online programming of Vodafone Box, the multimedia platform through which both free-to-air (FTA), DTT channels and pay-TV content can be watched. "Through this box, we offer multimedia content optimised for the fibre and ADSL network, including DTT and Yomvi's premium channels," explained Isaac Mendoza, services and innovation director at Vodafone Spain.

All the matches broadcast by Canal+ and Canal+Liga as well as the Champions League matches will be available to stream via Vodafone's set-top box (STB), smartphones and tablets with at least Android 4.0 or iOS 5, and computers.

In addition to the sports package, Vodafone intends to launch a subscription offering movies and the latest series with over 1,300 video-on-demand (VOD) titles.

The British firm previously stopped offering audiovisual content due to the Spanish taxes paid to support the public network TVE. According to Europa Press, the telco will now commercialise a product produced by Canal+, so the tax won't have to be paid.