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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 [...]

Vivendi accepts €17bn Altice/Numericable SFR bid

The logo of French telecom operator SFR is seen on a building in the financial district of le Defense at Nanterre, west of Paris

Vivendi has confirmed that its Supervisory Board has decided unanimously to accept a bid from Altice/Numericable for its SFR mobile unit. The definitive acceptance follows a mutually-agreed exclusive period signed on March 14th. The Board said it also carefully reviewed letters and documents that the Bouygues Group decided to send it during this exclusive period regarding a combination between SFR [...]

Dalet acquires AmberFin

Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, software and services specialist Dalet Digital Media Systems has signed a definitive agreement with Advent Venture Partners to acquire AmberFin, a specialist in video ingest, complex media manipulation, transcoding and quality control (QC) solutions. According to Dalet, the acquisition significantly broadens its product offerings, which are built around an open, IT-centric technology framework. It affirms [...]

Imagine acquires Digital Rapids

Software and networking solutions specialist Imagine Communications is to acquire Digital Rapids, an innovator in IP and file-based media processing solutions and software-defined workflow management technologies. “Imagine Communications is laser-focused on leading the industry to a future defined by IP, software, the cloud and TV Everywhere, with an architecture vision for delivering and monetising multiscreen content,” said Charlie Vogt, CEO [...]

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