ZON Multimedia - Serviços de Telecomunicações e Multimédia, SGPS, S.A.
|Traded as||Euronext: ZON|
|Founded||1994 (as PT Multimédia), 2007 (spin-off from Portugal Telecom)|
|Key people||Daniel Proença de Carvalho (Chairman), Rodrigo Costa (CEO)|
|Products||Cable television, broadband Internet access, landline, mobile virtual network operator, television broadcasting, film distribution, movie theater operation|
|Revenue||€872.3 million (2010)|
|Operating income||€82.3 million (2010)|
|Profit||€35.4 million (2010)|
|Total assets||€1.651 billion (end 2010)|
|Total equity||€250.2 million (end 2010)|
|Employees||1,620 (average, 2010)|
ZON Multimédia is a Portuguese media holding company whose main assets include a satellite, cable operator and ISP, a movie distributor (Lusomundo) and a virtual carrier of mobile phone services. Its services include cable television, cable internet and VOIP. ZON Multimédia (formerly PT Multimédia) is the spun-off media arm of Portugal Telecom. ZON Multimédia produces several premium channels for the ZON TV platform, which include SportTV (joint-venture with Controlinveste) and TVCine. Lusomundo is also the home-video distributor of EpicD Pictures, Maplestory, DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures releases in the Portuguese market, alongside of launching several independent and European titles.
ZON Multimedia is also the name of a company in the Netherlands specialising in search engine optimisation - there are no links between the two companies.
ZON was founded in 1994, and was the second cable operator to be founded in Portugal (the first was the regional Bragatel, which was acquired by ZON in 2007). ZON is the sole cable provider in many areas of the country, which leads to its monopolistic position.
The company might be considered a Portuguese dot-com. In the PT Multimédia days, it brought Portugal Telecom SAPO (a successful web portal and search engine, sold to its parent company in 2005), Lusomundo (a successful movie distribuitor, movie theater operator included in the spun off company and, formerly, the owner of the Diário de Notícias newspaper and the TSF radio, which were sold to Controlinveste the same year as SAPO was sold) and several TV channels such as SportTV, CNL (now SIC Notícias) and TVCine (MOV was only created after the spin-off).
On January 17, 2008, ZON announced it would acquire TVTEL, its main competitor in both cable and satellite broadcasting in Porto region. Thus, ZON is strengthening its position due to the appearance of a new significant rival, meo from Portugal Telecom, using IPTV and satellite broadcasting systems, and there remains one other more cable television and internet operator in Portugal, Cabovisão.
On September 29, 2008, ZON Multimédia announced the new mobile product ZON Mobile (MVNO), the first real quad play operator in Portugal.
On November 2008, ZON officially announced that it would enter the contest for the fifth channel that will be created at the same time as Digital Terrestrial Television is introduced in Portugal.
On March 17, 2010, ZON renamed its cable and satellite television service as ZON TV, dropping the 16-year-old TVCabo name.
- ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2010". ZON Multimedia. http://www.zon.pt/microsites/investidores/DocRender.aspx?FileId=1044. Retrieved 18 November 2011.