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AMC takes $200m BBC AMERICA stake

AMC Networks the global entertainment company behind acclaimed series The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Rectify, is paying $200 million for a 49.9 per cent share of the BBC AMERICA channel.  The agreement is structured as a long-term equity joint venture, with BBC Worldwide retaining 50.1 per cent. AMC Networks will have operational control of BBC AMERICA, including affiliate and […]

FCC halts US ‘super mergers’

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pulled the plug on a pair of cable and DTH ‘super mergers’. The FCC cited a series of significant objections from broadcasters and content suppliers to the cablecos who do not want their confidential carriage fee contracts exposed. The decision directly affects the AT&T proposed merger with DirecTV, as well as Comcast’s merger with Time […]

Ooyala acquires Videoplaza

Establishing a presence in the fast-growing video advertising market, Ooyala, a Telstra subsidiary and video streaming, personalisation and analytics specialist is to acquire Videoplaza, a specilaist in video advertising technology and monetisation. Videoplaza operates one of the world’s largest video ad serving platforms and programmatic trading solutions, delivering ads to viewers across all devices. It is used by broadcasters and […]

Sony takes 50% stake in Dori Media

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Dori Media Group (DMG) have entered into an agreement whereby SPT will acquire 50 per cent of the VIVA and VIVA Plus channels and the VIVA Walla online free VoD service in Israel, along with 50 per cent of DMG’s Baby TV operations in Indonesia. Andy Kaplan, President of Sony Pictures Television’s worldwide networks, said: […]

Multichoice Hellas merges with Forthnet

The merger between Greek telco/pay-TV operator Forthnet and another subsidiary company Multichoice Hellas, wrapped on October 17th. The agreement, first mooted back on June 30th, sees Multichoice Hellas’s local operation being absorbed by Forthnet’s pay-TV arm. There is something of a shake-out and consolidation occurring in Greece at the moment. Earlier this summer Vodafone “merged” with Hellas Online (Vodafone paid […]

AT&T/DirecTV want speedy FCC approval

AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to speedily approve its planned $48.5 billion take-over of DirecTV. AT&T filed its request in Washington, and argued that its move on DirecTV is very different from the merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast. AT&T further used the filing to rebut criticism from some of its rivals, not least Netflix which […]

Netflix an acquisition target?

Investment bankers Mediatech Capital Partners (MCP) believe that Netflix is now firmly a potential acquisition target. Porter Bibb, MCP’s managing partner, speaking on Bloomberg TV, told viewers that Netflix’s 50 million-plus subscribers – and growing – might put financial pressures on Reed Hastings, Netflix’s founder. “Netflix [share price fell] but it is still very, very vital. It has 50 million […]

Canal+, ITI Group review TVN options

The ITI Group and CANAL+ Group have been approached in recent months by various strategic and financial investors expressing an interest in acquiring the controlling stake in TVN Group, should it become available. In response to such interest, both the ITI Group and CANAL+ Group have decided jointly to review their strategic options regarding the 51 per cent stake in […]

United Group takes control of Broadband Montenegro

United Group, a regional cable and DTH operator active in the former Yugoslavia, has become the majority shareholder of MMDS operator Broadband Montenegro (BBM). Through its Serbian cable TV unit SBB, United Group purchased 49.4 per cent of BBM shares on the Montenegro Stock Exchange (Montenegroberza) for €2.47 million, according to local media reports. Some 34.57 million BBM shares were […]

Civolution’s audio watermarking bought by Kantar

Civolution has sold its audio watermarking unit to Kantar Media, a specialist in audience measurement.  Civolution says this transaction, which is scheduled to close in Q4 2014, will enable it to focus on two key growth markets – media protection and media data intelligence. The deal will strengthen Kantar Media’s audience measurement technologies and open up new and exciting opportunities […]

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