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Sky in $7m Whistle Sports investment

Sky has invested $7 million in Whistle Sports, the world’s largest sport-focused cross-platform network as the two companies look to work together on creating exciting new content for younger sports fans, particularly ‘young millennials’. Whistle Sports partners with online personalities who create unique video content themed around sports, sports brands and franchises. The network uses a combination of youth-orientated celebrities, […]

Roku raises another $25m

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Roku has raised another $25 million taking the streaming media company’s total funding beyond the $150 million mark. Roku has said the new round is to provide “additional growth capital.” BSkyB announced that it had invested another $700,000 in Roku, a move that followed its earlier $12.2 million investments it made in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013. Roku […]

£3m boost to tackle digital piracy

The fight against digital piracy and counterfeit goods in the UK has been boosted by £3 million of new government funding to the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). Minister for Intellectual Property (IP), Baroness Neville-Rolfe announced the government’s funding commitment to the national crime unit at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group Conference in London. The unit has now […]

Netflix: “We’re feeling incredible about international”

Speaking during a Q3 Earnings Call following a period in which Netflix reported net additions were lower than forecast, particularly for the US, CEO Reed Hastings has reaffirmed the company’s faith in its international expansion plans following its late summer launch in new Western European markets. “We’ve done numerous launches now starting in Canada four years ago, so we’re getting […]

MTG media alliance targets digital opportunities

International entertainment group MTG is teaming up with several other European media companies, including ProSiebenSat.1, Channel 4, and TF1, to identify investment opportunities in new digital businesses, creating what is described as a unique opportunity for start-ups who are looking to expand geographically. For MTG, it says the alliance will provide access to exciting investment opportunities in the digital space, […]

Sky backs Pluto.TV

Sky has invested $500,000 in LA-based online video aggregator Pluto.TV as part of its strategy to drive innovation by partnering with pioneering technology companies. Pluto.TV is an online television platform that aggregates video content from across the web and programmes it into themed TV channels. By using a combination of technology, data and a team of specialist editors, Pluto.TV offers […]

Simplestream secures Beringea funding

OTT live streaming services specialist Simplestream has secured substantial funding from international growth capital firm Beringea. The investment will accelerate the expansion of TVPlayer, Simplestream’s B2C live TV streaming service, and facilitate the addition of more channel packs and multi-channel catch-up functionality. TVPlayer is a live TV aggregator of more than 45 free-to-air channels, enabling consumers to watch their favourite […]

Wananchi raises $130m expansion funds

African triple-play operator Wananchi Group, owner of the Zuku Fiber, Zuku pay-TV and Simbanet business services brands, has raised $130 million to fund its growth and expansion in East and Southern Africa. “The new capital investment will be used to consolidate the group’s market leadership in East Africa and to extend our services across East and Southern Africa. We will […]

Sky increases Roku investment

Sky has made a further $0.7 million equity investment in OTT streaming platform Roku. This follows the total investments of $12.2 million made by Sky in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013, and is to provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities. 21st Century Fox, which holds a 39.14 per cent controlling stake in BSkyB, has also made a […]

Sky invests $5m in ad-firm Sharethrough

Sky has invested $5 million in the US advertising technology firm Sharethrough as part of its strategy to drive innovation by partnering with emerging technology companies. Sharethrough is a specilaist in ‘native advertising’, offering software that enables publishers to monetise their sites and apps with adverts that are non-interruptive and stylistically similar to the surrounding content. Sky’s investment builds on […]

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