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US consumers oppose Comcast/TWC merger

Opponents of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger have submitted just under 600,000 public comments to the Federal Communications Commission in recent months urging it to reject the proposed deal. The announcement was made just days before the FCC’s December 23rd deadline for submitting reply comments on the merger. The comments calling on the FCC to reject the merger were gathered […]

Telstra, Sky invest in Elemental

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Elemental Technologies, a specialist in software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, has secured $14.5 million in series D financing led by Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications and information services company. Telstra is joined in the round by Sky, Europe’s largest entertainment company, and existing investors General Catalyst Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Voyager Capital. Elemental will use the funds to […]

Fox blacks out News and Business for DISH

21st Century Fox has blocked DISH customer access to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, with the satellite operator accusing the media conglomerate of introducing other channels into negotiations, despite those channels not being included in the contract up for renewal. “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy […]

Ofcom consults on pay-TV regulation

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UK regulator Ofcom has published a consultation as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. Ofcom’s initial assessment indicates that Premier League and Champions League football are key content likely to be capable of influencing consumers’ choice of pay-TV retailer. The review will determine whether regulation requiring Sky to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels […]

Sky Deutschland scores Europa League rights

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Sky Deutschland has secured the live broadcasting rights for the UEFA Europa League up to and including the 2017/18 season. In combination with the rights for the UEFA Champions League, Sky will continue to exclusively show all matches of the German and Austrian teams. The new rights deal will become effective as of the 2015/16 season and includes not only […]

Australia: TV still centrepiece for content

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In Q3 2014, Australians across the population watched an average of 96 hours and 58 minutes (96:58) per month of broadcast television (including free-to-air and subscription channels) on their in-home TV sets – up 1 hour and 7 minutes (1:07) per month YOY. This equates to a little more than 3 hours per Australian per day on in-home TV sets, […]

Wimbledon denies pay-TV reports

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The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) – organiser of the Wimbledon Open Tennis tournament – has refuted suggestions in the UK media that coverage of the tournament is set to be shared between the BBC and BT, which would result in Wimbledon being shown on pay-TV In a statement, the AELTC said it “confirms categorically “that there is no […]

Premier League rights might cost 60% more

A report from investment bank Berenberg says there is a “likelihood of substantial cost inflation in the Premier League rights auction…[and we] include 60 per cent cost inflation in our estimates”. The report – The Final Countdown – advises clients to “SELL” their Sky shares ahead of what is anticipates will be a fall from today’s share price of about […]

BT TV launches Sky Sports on YouView

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BT TV will offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on its YouView boxes effective immediately, following its successful application for interim relief at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The news means that BT TV will be able to enhance its sports channel line-up on YouView boxes, adding Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 to its existing offering of BT Sport, […]

Premier League kicks off rights process

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The English Premier League has issued Invitations to Tender (ITT) for its UK audiovisual broadcasting rights for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19 which include a package that will see live coverage of Friday night football for the first time since the League’s inception in 1992. It has made available to interested parties two separate ITTs inviting bids for: Live broadcasting rights […]

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