|Founded||8 July 2015|
Movistar+ is the trade name of the subscription platform for digital television owned by Telefónica, which operates in Spain and is distributed via satellites such as Astra and Hispasat as well as with ADSL and optical fiber. The platform, which was officially launched on July 8, 2015, stems from the merger of Canal+ and Movistar TV. It is the largest subscription television provider in Spain with 4 million customers and 51% of market share.
In 2013, even though they had previously happened during 2008, some negotiations about Canal+ sale appeared again. These ones would be more real because of the hurry banks had to solve Prisa's debt to them.
On 8 July 2015, Telefónica launched Movistar+, a new platform from the merger of Canal+ and Movistar TV which involved changes in the packages and new channels in both platforms.
It is a Pay-TV platform in Spain, owned by Telefónica. The platform, which broadcasts via cable and satellite, was officially launched on July 8, 2015 and stems from the merger of Canal+ (satellite) and Movistar TV (IPTV) platforms.
Currently the subscription television platform, with more subscribers in Spain.
Since 2013, various news regarding the possible purchase of Canal + were published by Telefónica for PRISA could eliminate some of its debt. According to media reports, there were also many companies that wanted to buy the Pay-TV platform, as Al Jazeera, Vivendi and Liberty Global mogul Rupert Murdoch. However, this sale had no media coverage and it seemed that the negotiations and bids They lengthen much.
On May 6, 2014, Telefónica submitted a binding to gain 56% PRISA had in Canal +, in exchange for paying about 725 million offer euros. The next day, the media echoed the acceptance of PRISA were made. The seller stated that "for a period of thirty days," since then negotiate with the buyer to continue the buying process, which would be regulated and reviewed by the CNMC and Brussels, that there was no monopoly or establish a negative conditions for competency. Closing of this sale is subject to obtaining the necessary authorization from the competition authorities and approval by a representative panel of banks financing PRISA.
The June 18, 2014, Telefónica submitted a binding offer to acquire 295 million euros for 22% of Canal+ in the hands of Mediaset Spain.
The April 22, 2015, the CNMC gave its approval to the sale of Canal+ to Telefónica. After this, Canal + began the process of merger with Movistar TV the July 7, 2015, which resulted in Movistar+.
Channels operated by Movistar+
- All channels but Fútbol Replay are broadcast in HD on fiber.
- All channels but Fútbol Replay, Disney+ and Movistar Cine Español have an HD feed available on satellite.
- All channels are broadcast in SD on ADSL.
- Movistar LaLiga, Movistar Liga de Campeones and Movistar Fórmula 1 have a 4K feed on fiber for broadcasting selected La Liga and Champions League matches and all Formula 1 races.
- "La negociación de venta Digital+ empezará pronto, según fuentes". Reuters (in Spanish). 8 September 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- Marco, Agustín (7 February 2013). "Telefónica negocia la compra de Canal+ a Prisa para salvarla de los bancos". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Titania Compañía Editorial, S.L. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- Jiménez, Miguel (2 June 2014). "PRISA firma la venta del 56% de Canal+ a Telefónica por 750 millones". El País (in Spanish). Madrid: Prisa. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- "Mediaset acepta la oferta de Telefónica por su 22% de Canal+, según medios". Reuters (in Spanish). Madrid. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2019.