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Netflix an acquisition target?

Investment bankers Mediatech Capital Partners (MCP) believe that Netflix is now firmly a potential acquisition target. Porter Bibb, MCP’s managing partner, speaking on Bloomberg TV, told viewers that Netflix’s 50 million-plus subscribers – and growing – might put financial pressures on Reed Hastings, Netflix’s founder. “Netflix [share price fell] but it is still very, very vital. It has 50 million […]

Canal+, ITI Group review TVN options

The ITI Group and CANAL+ Group have been approached in recent months by various strategic and financial investors expressing an interest in acquiring the controlling stake in TVN Group, should it become available. In response to such interest, both the ITI Group and CANAL+ Group have decided jointly to review their strategic options regarding the 51 per cent stake in […]

United Group takes control of Broadband Montenegro

United Group, a regional cable and DTH operator active in the former Yugoslavia, has become the majority shareholder of MMDS operator Broadband Montenegro (BBM). Through its Serbian cable TV unit SBB, United Group purchased 49.4 per cent of BBM shares on the Montenegro Stock Exchange (Montenegroberza) for €2.47 million, according to local media reports. Some 34.57 million BBM shares were […]

Civolution’s audio watermarking bought by Kantar

Civolution has sold its audio watermarking unit to Kantar Media, a specialist in audience measurement.  Civolution says this transaction, which is scheduled to close in Q4 2014, will enable it to focus on two key growth markets – media protection and media data intelligence. The deal will strengthen Kantar Media’s audience measurement technologies and open up new and exciting opportunities […]

Sky Europe gets Bavaria green light


BSkyB has obtained unconditional media concentration clearance from the state media authorities in Bavaria, and Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, for the acquisition of 57.4 per cent of Sky Deutschland. In addition, as announced on October 6th 2014, the requisite majority of independent shareholders have voted in favour of the acquisitions. In a statement, BSkyB said that it will “continue to progress […]

EU clears Liberty, Ziggo deal


The European Commission has approved Liberty Global’s takeover of Dutch cablecom Ziggo, but the US cable TV provider must end limits on broadcasters’ freedom to offer programmes online. “Liberty Global offered to sell Film1, its premium Pay TV film channel,” the Commission said in a statement. “Liberty Global also committed to terminate clauses in channel carriage agreements that limit broadcasters’ […]

DirecTV, AT&T merger timetable emerges

The general consensus in the US seems to be that the proposed merger between DBS pay-TV operator and giant telco AT&T will get Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval. The FCC has now closed its period for the general public and interested parties to make their comments heard. The FCC will reply to those comments on October 16th. The USA Department […]

Rentrak buys Kantar’s US TV measurement assets

Rentrak, a specialist in measuring movies and TV everywhere, has agreed to acquire the US television measurement business of WPP’s Kantar business unit for $98 million in Rentrak common stock. The transaction, when closed, will include Kantar Media’s customer contracts and customer relationships involved in US television measurement. This transaction gives Rentrak and Kantar better scale to innovate their products […]

Pay-TV revenues to fall for half of Europe’s top operators

BSkyB’s proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s stakes in Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia will create a pay-TV operation that will rival Liberty Global in subscriber terms. However, with limited pay-TV subscriber expansion possible for their existing assets, both companies will not want to stop there, according to a report from Digital TV Research. BSkyB has many plans to

BSkyB shareholders approve Sky Europe acquisition


BSkyB’s proposed acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland has moved one step closer following an overwhelming vote in favour of a resolution seeking approval of the deal. The resolution was passed by the requisite majority of independent shareholders with 96 per cent voting in favour. BSkyB reports that it continues to progress the satisfaction of transaction conditions, noting that […]

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