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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


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 [...]

Ovum, Informa Telco & Media Research merge

Technology consultancy Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) Research, both divisions of Informa plc, are to combine under the Ovum brand, to create the world’s largest telecoms industry research firm. The new company, which will also be the fourth-largest technology analyst house globally, says it  will offer customers unrivalled analysis across the converging IT, media and telecoms industries, and [...]

Ymagis buys Arqiva digital cinema network

Ymagis, a specialist in digital technologies for the cinema industry, has announced the acquisition of Arqiva’s digital cinema delivery network in Europe. Ymagis and Arqiva have reached an agreement on the acquisition of Arqiva’s network in the digital delivery of feature-films, trailers and advertising content to theatres. Ymagis ‘s subsidiary Smartjog Ymagis Logistics will take over the satellite receivers installed [...]

BT rules out C5 bid


A senior BT executive has questioned the £700 million (€824m) price tag for Channel 5, ruling out the telco as a serious bidder for the broadcaster. John Petter, the head of BT’s consumer arm, told an Ad Week Europe session in London, said he could not directly comment on speculation about BT’s participation in the Channel 5 auction. However he [...]

Mediapro to buy bankrupt TotalChannel?

Spanish media group Mediapro, shareholder in La Sexta channel and owner of football TV rights to Real Madrid and Barcelona, is reportedly negotiating the acquisition of TotalChannel to break into the OTT market. Launched one year ago, TotalChannel has filed for bankruptcy with 100,000 registered users, according to the company. The OTT service offered 12 premium TV channels at €9.99 [...]

SecondSync joins Twitter

UK-based TV social media analytics company SecondSync is to become part of Twitter. In an announcement on its website, SecondSync says it is “very proud” of the business it has built up over the last three years. “Through our social analytics products, we’ve enabled clients in the broadcast and advertising industries to realise the value of conversations on Twitter about [...]

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