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Industry experts believe the Portuguese sports-rights market is set to stagnate for the foreseeable future after the country’s three biggest telcos took equal stakes in dominant pay-television broadcaster Sport TV, ending any possibility of competition between them.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas this week described the Spanish league’s new domestic media rights deals as “historic” in terms of income and the completion of the move to collective selling.

Deutsche Telekom’s surprise deal for exclusive domestic basketball rights in Germany last week is small in value but potentially rich in significance.

The Spanish pay-television market recorded steady growth in subscribers in the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest figures released by competition regulator the CNMC

The Mediapro agency has struck carriage deals with Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, Deion Comunicaciones and Telecable for its LaLiga TV Bar channel, which provides football coverage in public places

Spanish telco Vodafone has called for the country’s competition authority to reform content-sharing regulations, which force Telefónica to share 50 per cent of its premium content.

Pay-television broadcaster Eleven Sports may have fallen on hard times in the UK and Ireland, but its opportunistic acquisition strategy has cleared a pathway to success in Portugal's broadcast market