Sport TV blackout as it wrangles with Nowo over carriage fees
The sports channels of Sport TV, the Portuguese pay-TV broadcaster that holds the rights to show English soccer’s Premier League, among other top rights, are no longer available via Nowo, after the Portuguese cable operator rejected an alleged 15-per-cent hike in carriage fees demanded by the broadcaster.
Sport TV contended that, despite outstanding fees owing by Nowo it had continued to allow its channels to be carried by the operator between 1 August and 8 November, to avoid inconvenience to customers and to preserve the relationship with Nowo.
However, it claimed that the debts remain outstanding, leading to the blackout, but undertook to resume its six-channel service as soon as Nowo takes action to remedy “the current situation.”
However, Nowo accused Sport TV of attempting to impose conditions that were “out of alignment with the reality of the market.”
Meanwhile, Eleven Sports, the pay-TV broadcaster that holds rights in Portugal to the Uefa Champions League and the top leagues of Spain, France and Germany, and which is presently available exclusively via Nowo in the country, announced that its app for iOS, Android and Chromecast devices has reached 100,000 downloads in Portugal.