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Vodafone: “Ban Telefonica’s Canal Plus buy”

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Vodafone-Ono is putting pressure on the Spanish competition watchdog CNMC to stop Telefonica’s acquisition of the pay-TV operator Canal Plus from becoming a reality. Vodafone Spain’s director of legal and regulatory affairs, Pedro Peña, has said that CNMC should prohibit or at least subject the operation to stricter conditions to guarantee free competition in the market and avoid a monopoly. […]

Tubular Labs acquires ReelSEO

Tubular Labs has acquired ReelSEO, The Video Marketer’s Guide. Effective immedaitely, ReelSEO will become an integral new piece of the Tubular Labs intelligence network. The site will no longer serve ads and the team will no longer be reporting news, instead focusing on delivering strategic insights, critical data, tactical advice, and trends in the digital video marketing business. ReelSEO will […]

Waterstones to buy blinkbox books?

Waterstones, the UK’s largest bookseller, has entered exclusive talks to acquire blinkbox books from Tesco. The chain of 290 bookstores said that its current platform for selling ebooks was “antiquated” and that it needed greater control over its ebook sales. “blinkbox is a modern platform that delivers books through an app, so that you can read them on any device […]

South Korea C&M cable for sale

The private equity owners of South Korean cable group C&M have instructed Goldman Sachs to begin seeking buyers this week after seven years of ownership, hoping that fierce competition among rival operators could lead to a valuation as high as $3 billion. MBK, a South Korean private equity firm founded by former Carlyle Group managers, leads a consortium that has […]

Activist demands new audit of KD, Voda deal


Kabel Deutschland active shareholder Elliott Management has called for a new audit of Vodafone’s $11 billion takeover of the German cable company as the hedge fund seeks more money from the MNO. Elliot also called for a shareholder meeting in which Kabel Deutschland should explain an auditor’s report that said the acquisition undervalued the company. “The findings of the special […]

Airbus-Safran takes over Arianspace

Airbus-Safran, the joint-venture company that already owns 41 per cent of European rocket launch company Arianspace, is to acquire an additional 34 per cent of the company. The stake being acquired is currently owned by France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy. “Today we already have control of Arianespace, […]

Facebook acquires QuickFire Networks

Facebook has acquired video infrastructure specialist QuickFire Networks in a move that reflects the growing importance of video to the social networking site. An announcement on QuickFire’s website from Craig Y. Lee, CEO, noted that QuickFire Networks was founded on the premise that the current network infrastructure is not sufficient to support the massive consumption of video that is happening […]

TalkTalk buys blinkbox and Tesco Broadband


UK quad-play operator TalkTalk has acquired the blinkbox Movies business and the Tesco broadband and fixed line voice base from UK supermarket retailer Tesco. The assets have been acquired free of debt and as a single transaction for cash. Reports emerged in early October 2014 that Tesco was planning to sell off or shut down the loss-making operation, which has […]

Genstar Capital to acquire Telestream

Private equity investment firm Genstar Capital has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions provider Telestream for an undisclosed sum. The transaction recognises the Company’s significant growth and positions it well for the next phase of expansion and is expected to close mid-January. “Genstar’s mid-market focus and deep expertise in the […]

NeuLion to acquire DivX

NeuLion, a provider of live and on-demand content to Internet-connected devices, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DivX, a provider of next-generation digital video solutions. As live and on-demand secured streaming of content continues to move to digital platforms, NeuLion and DivX together aim to be a leader in the space from both a technology platform and consumer experience […]

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