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Vivendi picks Telefonica for GVT sale

Vivendi has picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Telefonica will fold GVT into its Brazilian mobile phone carrier Vivo to create the country’s biggest telecom group. It will then use GVT’s pay-TV and broadband know-how and its broad network to chase higher-value customers and keep […]

Hispasat drops Spacecom bid

Madrid-based Hispasat has scrubbed its bid for Israel’s SpaceCom which operates the Amos fleet of satellites. Spanish newsletter ‘El Confidencial’ says that the bid, worth some €390 million, had failed because of the differences between the bid and SpaceCom’s asking price. Also cited in the report were anxieties over the Gaza and Israel conflict. Other concerns are said to be […]

Liberty’s Ziggo buy ‘will be cleared’

Liberty Global will be given permission to take over its Dutch competitor Ziggo by the European Commission. However, the approval will be conditional on Liberty Global selling its Film 1 channel to head off competition concerns, according to Bloomberg. Liberty Global made a formal offer of €34.53 a share for Dutch cable market leader Ziggo in January. Ziggo was formed […]

Amazon buys Twitch live games

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Amazon.com is to acquire live video gamers platform Twitch Interactive in a $970 million cash deal. In July 2014, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organisations. “Broadcasting and watching gameplay […]

DISH warns of Comcast/TWC merger ‘harms’

Citing irreparable harm to competition and consumers, DISH Network has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny the merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable. The petition to deny outlines, among other things, the critical role high-speed broadband plays in the video industry and the potential for the merger to significantly damage competitive development of over-the-top (OTT) video […]

November deadline for Ziggo, Liberty deal

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European Union antitrust regulators will decide by November 3rd whether to clear Liberty Global’s bid for Ziggo. The European Commission unveiled the new deadline after halting its scrutiny of the deal on August 4th while waiting for more data from the US cable company. The EU competition watchdog restarted the clock after Liberty Global tweaked its pledge not to block […]

TF1 Group acquires Star Wars saga

TF1 Group has signed an agreement with The Walt Disney Company France for new Marvel Studios and Star Wars productions. This free TV deal, across all TF1 channels, encompasses back-catalogue and upcoming Marvel Studios films, as well as existing and future Star Wars movies. It also includes the free TV rights for upcoming Marvel live action TV series, along with […]

C4 acquires stakes in indie producers

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UK broadcaster Channel 4 has taken a significant step into TV production, buying minority stakes in four independent producers. The publicly-owned broadcaster has spent about £4 million to take undisclosed minority stakes of up to 25 per cent in the companies, the first investments from a £20 million fund that aims to help the growth of small and medium-sized independent […]

Screen Engine acquires ASI

Market research agency Screen Engine has confirmed the acquisition of ASI Entertainment, the company that pioneered dial testing research for television programming. The combined entity will become one of the largest US entertainment research firms. Screen Engine will continue to focus primarily on film related research, and ASI, which will now be known as Screen Engine/ASI, will service the television […]

China Digital ships 3.55m smart cards

China Digital TV Holdings, the NASDAQ registered but China-focussed, conditional access smart card supplier, says net revenues for Q2 slipped 5.8 per cent (same period last year) to $17.2 million, and a fall of 5.6 per cent when compared with Q1 this year. China Digital TV shipped approximately 3.55 million smart cards in the second quarter of 2014, compared to […]

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