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Visual Media takes majority stake in re:fine

US post-production and digital distribution facility Visual Data Media Services has acquired a majority stake in leading London-based content processing and digital-media provider re:fine. The deal will provide both partners access to each other’s markets, technologies and infrastructure. Both re:fine and Visual Data have established successful business models, client bases and third-party accreditations as preferred vendors for content networks and […]

Foxtel, Discovery close in on Ten

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel and US cable giant Discovery Communications have signed off on a takeover bid for Ten Network, as the media company’s advisers Citi closed the sale process. Ten failed to ­attract any other firm bidders in what is said to have been a tepid auction for the FTA network. The offer values the broadcaster at between A$510 […]

Vidible acquisition boosts AOL’s video content management

AOL has acquired Vidible, a specialist in cross-screen video management and exchange platform for buyers and sellers of digital media, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition further extends AOL’s leadership position in video content management and syndication, and creates the most comprehensive set of video content management tools in the marketplace for creators and publishers. Vidible’s cross-screen platform offers a […]

China Digital TV to sell up

Not helped by a disappointing few sets of quarterly results, China Digital TV (which is China-based but NASDAQ-listed as STV) has decided to sell its CA, network broadcasting platform, and VoD businesses.  The decision was reached at an Extraordinary General Meeting on November 27th although the decision reflects an asset restructuring plan announced on October 27th. The buyer is Shanghai […]

Mediaset’s new pay-TV unit now operational

Mediaset Premium Spa, the new unit within which all pay-TV activities of Italy’s Mediaset Group have been placed, is now operational. A total of 267 employees already working for RTI/Mediaset will be transferred to Mediaset Premium Spa. The balance sheet, dated 30 September 2014, shows a total turnover of more than €2 billion and EBIT for the last quarter estimated […]

Vodafone to buy blinkbox?


UK based MNO Vodafone is considering buying the Tesco-owned video and music streaming service blinkbox to give it access to content as it gears up to become a quad-play operator. Reports emerged in early October that the UK supermarket retailer was planning to sell off or shut down the loss-making operation, which has struggled to compete against services such as […]

Could Sky fall to Vodafone?

The market is full of rumours that this or that that telephony operator wants to buy, merge or somehow absorb a rival or two, especially if that rival has TV-related assets. Widely talked about are discussions between Vodafone and Liberty Global’s European operations. BT (the former British Telecom, and which used to own cellular operator O2) is looking to buy […]

Altice in exclusive Portugal Telecom negotiations


Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Oi to agree the purchase of the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom. Altice’s fully-financed, binding offer values Portugal Telecom at an enterprise value of €7.4 billion on a cash and debt-free free basis which includes €500 million consideration related to the future revenue generation of Portugal Telecom. […]

SFR-Numericable deal closes

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice and French cable MSO Numericable Group have confirmed the closing of the transaction to combine mobile operator SFR and Numericable. Vivendi received €13.366 billion in cash of which €200 million will be contributed to the financing of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile by Numericable Group. The amount of €13.166 billion will be subject to […]

Orange, PCCW informal talks on Dailymotion


French telco Orange has confirmed informal talks with Chinese group PCCW regarding video platform Dailymotion. CEO Stéphane Richard, who is seeking an investor to boost the international development of its 100 per cent subsidiary, met Richard Li, the son of Asia’s wealthiest man Li Ka-Shing, the founder of Hutchison conglomerate. The group owns PCCW, the holding behind a Hong Kong […]

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