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MTG sells stake in Sappa

MTG has completed the sale of its 50 per cent stake in Swedish cable TV company Sappa to Finnish telecom operator Anvia for an enterprise value (on a 100 per cent basis) of SEK 135 million (€14m). Sappa delivers TV channel packages to 350,000 Swedish households through cable and IPTV networks. Sappa was founded as Svensk Program Agentur (SPA) in […]

Unitymedia settles KabelBW antitrust case

European cable operator Liberty Global’s German unit has reached an agreement with two companies who objected to its €3 billion purchase of cable provider KabelBW. A regional court in Duesseldorf ruled in 2013 that the cartel office must re-examine the case to either block it or force the firms to offer more concessions to protect competition in the cable television […]

Media and Entertainment M&A rocket in 2014

Major media and entertainment giants kept merging, buying and getting bigger throughout 2014. The consolidation furore showed no signs of abating even as the pricetag for these conglomerate hook-ups climbed sharply. Thanks to a few high profile marriages, such as the proposed $48.1 billion merger of

Sony acquires MTG Hungarian channels

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has reached an agreement to acquire the Hungarian VIASAT3 and VIASAT6 TV channels from international entertainment group MTG (Modern Times Group). Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The two channels will expand the current portfolio of SPT brands in Hungary, which already includes the AXN, AXN White and AXN Black linear channels as […]

Star India acquires Telugu TV channel

Star India, a unit of 21st Century Fox, has confirmed the acquisition of Telugu television channel network Maa TV. The acquisition would give Star India access to the Telegu TV market—the second largest regional market in India in terms of revenue potential, said the company. “The Telugu market is an important market however the pace of innovation has been slow. […]

ThinkAnalytics profits up 200%

ThinkAnalytics, developer of a multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, has announced year-on-year revenue growth of 50 per cent for the year ending December 31st 2014; profits were up by 200 per cent over the same period. New customers that signed in 2014 include Fox, Sony, Sunrise, Get and Viaplay.  The company also won several major new OTT contracts in […]

Spain: Atresmedia seeks expansion in America

Atresmedia, operator of Antena 3 TV and La Sexta among other channels in Spain, is seeking to expand into Latin America and the US through the acquisition of TV channels or TV licences. CEO Silvio Gonzalez told El Economista: “We are open to any type of investment in the Audio Visual Latin American world. We have the option of buying […]

LE Rights acquires The Box Distribution

Lagardère Entertainment’s distribution company LE Rights has purchased The Box Distribution, an international distribution company headed by Frédérik Rangé. Led by Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, LE Rights is one of the largest distributors of television programs in Europe. By integrating The Box Distribution, LE Rights will boost its capacity to acquire programmes and formats on the market. Frédérik Rangé, while remaining managing […]

BT confirms £12.5bn EE deal

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Following the mid-December 2014 confirmation that it was in exclusive negotiations, UK telco BT has agreed definitive terms to acquire EE for £12.5 billion (€15.8bn). BT says the combination will provide customers with innovative, seamless services that combine the power of fibre broadband with wi-fi and advanced mobile capabilities. Integrating the two companies will accelerate BT’s mobility strategy and increase […]

Vobile acquires Rentrak’s PPT business

Vobile, a specialist in content protection, measurement and monetisation services, has acquired the Pay-Per-Transaction (PPT) business from Rentrak, an expert in measuring movies and TV everywhere. Vobile will hire all Rentrak PPT employees and continue to operate in their current Portland, Oregon office location. The PPT revenue sharing system enables retailers everywhere, regardless of size, to increase both the depth […]

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