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Southern Europe video spotlight: Sky Italia rebrands streaming service

In this monthly feature,S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of news related toover-the-top, video-on-demand and other online video initiatives in a range ofSouthern European markets, including Portugal, Italy,Spain,Turkeyand Greece.

TOP STORY

*Sky plc's and relaunched itsstreaming service as Now TV, previously known as Sky Online, Telecompaperreported June 27. Users reportedly can select from four packages such ascinema, TV, entertainment and football, which will soon be available on HD at aprice range of €9.99 a month to €19.99 a month. The Italian streaming servicecan be accessed via the Now TV Box, which costs €39.99, or via PCs, smart TVs,gaming consoles and mobile devices, such as smartphones.

OTHER NEWS

*Forthnet SA-ownedGreek pay TV operator Novainked carriage dealswith Viacom Inc.'sViacom International MediaNetworks for MTV channels MTV Live HD and MTV Hits, Broadband TVNews reported July 8. MTV Hits will be exclusively available to Nova and Nova3Play customers, according to the report.

*Portugal's NOS debuted its in-house channel Canal Nos, offering movies, sports,music, special events and kids' content, Digital TV Europe reportedJuly 8. The pay TV operator also entered a deal with cable operator Cabovisãofor joint rights to sports content, which includes access to live sportsmatches and the channels of individual soccer clubs.

*Telefónica's IPTV service Yomvi launched a feature that allows users todownload content via Wi-Fi for offline viewing, Telecompaper reportedJuly 6. The feature can be used by Movistar+ subscribers with iOS andAndroid-powered devices.

*Vivendi SA unitStudioCanal andTelefónica SA'sMovistar Plus strucka TV and subscription video-on-demand rights deal for three television series, Variety reported July 5. The deal coversfuturistic dystopia "Section Zero," original dramas "The Five"and "Spotless," and a renewal of the licensing for mini-series "Pillarsof the Earth," according to the report.

*Sports channel BTV 2 has stopped broadcasting in Portugal after losing rightsto the English Premier League and other sporting events, Telecompaper reportedJuly 4, citing Correio da Manhã. Thechannel, owned by Benfica soccer club was carried by 's , Cabovisão and MEO,owned by Altice NV'sPT Portugal.

*Crime + Investigation is launchingin Portugal exclusively via pay TV operator NOS Comunicações SA, Broadband TV News reported June 22.The channel is produced by The History Channel Iberia, a joint venture byAMC Networks Inc.'sAMC Networks International-Iberia and A+ENetworks. CI covers real crime cases and is currently available in129 countries worldwide, according to the report. and jointly own A+ENetworks.

*RAI's commercial arm Rai Com strucka content distribution deal with Vivendi's video-on-demand service Dailymotion,Advanced Television reported June 15. Under the deal, Dailymotion users inItaly will reportedly gain access to various films in RAI's library, including "Gomorra,""The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Ides of March." Rai Com'schannel on Dailymotion is already live but geo-restricted to Italian viewers,according to the report.