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Netflix, Comcast duel over merger

Netflix has revealed that it added 2.25 million US subscribers during the first quarter of 2014, ending the period with over 48 million global members, topping $1 billion in quarterly streaming revenue. In announcing its Q1 figures, it took the opportunity to voice its opposition to the proposed merger of cable MSOs Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The 2.25 million [...]

TWC, Comcast could shed $20bn to make deal

It could be that Time Warner and Comcast, in their attempt to merge their cable assets, are planning to divest some $20 billion-worth of assets, potentially including 3 million subscribers, in order to calm some of the antitrust regulatory concerns over their combination. Weekend reports suggest that two options are under consideration: one, is to sell off the 3 million [...]

ARRIS acquires SeaWell Networks

In a move that further strengthens its IP delivery capabilities, IP, video and broadband technology specialist ARRIS is to acquire multiscreen video delivery solutions provider SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition comes one year after ARRIS acquired Motorola Mobility’s Home division. ARRIS is integrating SeaWell’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies and talent into its Network and Cloud [...]

Discovery drops out of Channel 5 bidding

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Discovery Communications has dropped out of bidding to buy Channel 5, according to reports. Discovery, which has been aggressively expanding outside of the US in television, had been in talks with BSkyB over a possible joint bid. It is unclear whether BSkyB was still involved in the process. UK FTA channel Channel 5, which broadcasts the likes of Big Brother [...]

Comcast/TWC merger dominates comms M&A Q1’14

Comcast’s pending merger with Time Warner Cable – which had an announced transaction value of $69.58 billion, according to SNL Kagan data – was far and away the largest deal announced in the communications industry during the first quarter. As such, it helped multiple advisers take the lead in SNL Kagan’s financial adviser rankings based on transaction or deal value [...]

EQT plans to exit Taiwan cable TV unit

Swedish private equity fund EQT Partners has put Taiwanese TV network GTV on the market for T$6 billion (€144 million), becoming the latest foreign investor aiming to exit Taiwan, according to the Economic Daily. Potential buyers are said to include the founding family of Formosa Plastics Group, one of Taiwan’s biggest business conglomerates. EQT Partners bought the TV network in [...]

EC clears acquisition of Eurosport by Discovery

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Eurosport by Discovery. Discovery Communications and France’s TF1 Group January 2014 agreed a deal that for Discovery acquire a controlling interest in Eurosport International through an extension of the pair’s larger strategic partnership first announced in December 2012. The deal to increase Discovery’s interest from 20 per [...]

Telecom Italia, Espresso to merge DTT networks

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Telecom Italia Media and Espresso Group have signed agreements to merge their respective DTT network operator businesses controlled by Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting (TIMB) and Rete A. The merger between TIMB and Rete A, who own three and two digital multiplexes respectively, will create the leading independent network operator in Italy with five digital multiplexes. The operation will lead to [...]

VSN acquires M-Fact

Multimedia content management specialist VSN has acquired M-Fact, an R&D Enterprise that has developed a unique real time ACR (Automatic Content Recognition) system. M-Fact’s technology facilitates the unification of the Offline and Online worlds (TV/Radio and Internet). Based on its content recognition system, it is possible to monitor and audit in real time all content aired on TV and radio. [...]

Discovery invests in DOGTV

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DOGTV, the first and only television network created just for dogs, has announced an investment in the network by Discovery Communications, as well as the formation of a strategic partnership between the two companies, which will help accelerate DOGTV’s growth and allow for collaboration with one of its leading television networks, Animal Planet. DOGTV will use the investment to drive [...]

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