Telefónica merges Canal+, Movistar TV's commercial offers

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 02 July 2015

The first large commercial consequence of Telefonica's buy-out of Canal+ has arrived in the form of new pay-TV platform Movistar Plus.

The new platform, available across satellite, IPTV and fibre, will merge Telefonica's offer with Canal+'s premium content to build up the programming of the country's largest operator.

Kicking off on 8 July, the platform will gradually offer new packages and channels for both Canal+ and Movistar TV subs. At the same time, Telefónica's convergent offers will be renamed Fusion+.

The Canal+ channel will be included as a network in all the platform's packages, although its line-up will be reduced, especially football and movie content.

Movistar Series - Movistar+ Series from next week - will incorporate Canal+'s exclusive series such as Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, increasing the catalogue of Telefónica's standalone video-on-demand (VOD) platform with some of the most in-demand content.

The Spanish telco intends to be commercially ready to take a position in the competition for sports rights, especially for football, which are still dependent upon what packages and content will have to be sold to third-party operators as per the conditions of the merger.