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EBRD €24m loan to Serbia to complete DSO

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a €24 million loan to Serbian public company Emisiona Tehnika i Veze for completing the transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. However, it is already certain that the full amount of the allocated resources will not be spent, given that for the purchase of digital broadcasting equipment, instead of […]

JB&A, Piksel strategic partnership

JB&A and Piksel together announce a strategic channel partnership to expand market reach in video management, distribution, and monetisation solutions. JB&A is now an official Sales Partner of Piksel’s portfolio of solutions and services, in particular the Piksel Video Platform. “We are very excited to have partnered with JB&A, who now joins our existing roster of world-class channel partners,” said […]

Murdoch to buy true[X] media

21st Century Fox is set to buy the company that provides online publishers and advertisers a marketing platform for premium content in digital and on demand environments. true[X] is expected to remain a stand-alone business, but will work with Fox Networks Group to create engagement between brands and consumers on Fox’s digital platforms. “The connections between brands and consumers have […]

BT’s EE bid raises regulatory concerns

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BT’s £12.5 billion (€15.8bn) offer for the possible acquisition of UK mobile business, EE from Deutsche Telekom and Orange has raised a number of regulatory issues, which according to Matt Howett and James Robinson, analysts at consultancy firm Ovum, are not insurmountable given current market dynamics. They note that the competition issues raised by BT’s acquisition attempt of EE will […]

BT confirms exclusive EE negotiations

UK telco BT has announced that, further to its statement on November 24th 2014, it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Deutsche Telekom and Orange in relation to BT’s possible acquisition of all of their UK mobile business, EE, a move that significantly enhances its ability to provide a quad-play offering. The period of exclusivity will last several weeks […]

Ofcom launches PSB review

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on its third review of public service broadcasting against a backdrop of what it suggests is reduced viewing of and investment in such services. The latest review examines how the BBC, ITV, STV, UTV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C have fulfilled the purposes of public service broadcasting (PSB) since Ofcom’s 2008 […]

Malaysia’s Astro profits up 12%

Malaysia’s Astro DTH pay-TV operator is performing well, with its latest Q3 numbers showing profits up 12 per cent y-o-y, at $108 million ($96.2m last year). Revenues were $1.1 billion for the quarter, up 10 per cent on last year, with ARPU up 3 per cent to $28 per month. Astro says the improved numbers are as a result of […]

Hearst buys into Dreamworks Teen YouTube channel

Hearst Corp has acquired a 25 per cent stake in Dreamworks’ YouTube teen network, Awesomeness TV, for $81 million. Hearst Corp is a publisher of newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle and Hearst magazines. and also operates TV channels. Under the deal, Awesomeness TV, which has a subscriber base of over 114 million, will get immediate […]

Eutelsat hamstrung by French tax rates

Investment bank Berenberg, in a 10-page report on satellite operator Eutelsat, says it is increasingly difficult to accurately compare and contrast Eutelsat with its Luxembourg rival SES. The bank’s headline advice is for investors to “HOLD” their positions in Eutelsat despite the operator paying “well over two-times the tax rate of SES” and also having an above sector average exposure […]

French 700 MHz auction set for Dec 2015

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has fixed the 700 MHz auction for December 2015, with the transfer from DTT channels to the mobile telecoms sector scheduled to take place between October 1st 2017 and June 30th 2019. The French State anticipates the revenues coming from this auction will reach €2.1 billion, all attributed to the defence sector. According to the […]

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