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Yahoo strengthens mobile with Flurry deal


Yahoo is to acquire mobile analytics and advertising specialist Flurry in a reported $300 million deal it says reinforces its commitment to building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetisation solutions. Yahoo says it is on a mission to re-imagine users’ daily habits, and mobile is at the centre of everything it does. “By joining Yahoo, Flurry […]

BSkyB nearer to buying Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland?


BSkyB could agree a deal in the next two weeks to buy Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia and his stake in Sky Deutschland, according to reports. Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns 100 per cent of Sky Italia and 57 per cent of Sky Deutschland. Murdoch currently owns a 39 per cent stake in BSkyB, the British pay-TV firm. Both Sky and […]

KIPCO gets OSN offer


Kuwait Investment Projects, the majority owner of Dubai-based Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), has reportedly received an offer to by 100 per cent of OSN. KIPCO, in a statement July 20th, said the offer was confidential and would be presented to the board for a decision. KIPCO is a 60.5 per cent owner in OSN, the other player being Saudi Arabia-based […]

Sky shares the Love

BSkyB has made another significant investment in UK content with the acquisition of a 70 per cent stake in Love Productions, one of the UK’s leading independent production companies. The investment forms part of Sky’s strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution. Love Productions is a UK-based independent production company. Founded in October 2004 […]

Nine acquires HBO’s Quickflix stake

HBO's Boardwalk Empire

Australian online entertainment service Quickflix has confirmed that Australian media group Nine Entertainment has taken a minority stake in the company through a deal with US television giant Home Box Office. Quickflix said Nine had reached an agreement to acquire all of HBO’s redeemable convertible preference shares. The shares can be converted into an 8 per cent stake in Quickflix. […]

Jamaica: Digicel acquires Telstar network

Digicel has reached an agreement with Telstar Cable Limited to acquire its cable and fibre network in Jamaica. On completion, which is subject to approval by the Broadcasting Commission, Digicel will invest significantly in the network to increase coverage and further expand the products, services and content available to cable customers in Jamaica. The acquisition will be Digicel’s fourth Caribbean […]

Liberty Global acquires Sky’s ITV stake


Cable MSO Liberty Global has acquired 259.8 million shares in UK free–to-air commercial broadcaster ITV from British Sky Broadcasting Group for some £481 million, giving it a 6.4 per cent stake. Mike Fries, Liberty Global’s Chief Executive Officer, described the stake as “an opportunistic and attractive investment” for the operator in its largest cable market. “ITV is the leading commercial […]

Murdoch: Never say never

Time Warner might have won Round One of what may turn out to be a long-running boxing match, but Rupert Murdoch is quite likely to have a Plan B, and C, and D, in his corner ready for the next round. 21st Century Fox, in making a bid of $86 a share (in cash and shares) has certainly opened up […]

21st Century Fox confirms spurned Time Warner bid


21st Century Fox has confirmed that it made an unsolicited bid to buy Time Warner  in June 2014, which Time Warner rejected. “21st Century Fox can confirm that we made a formal proposal to Time Warner last month to combine the two companies. The Time Warner board of directors declined to pursue our proposal. We are not currently in any […]

Chernin Group, AT&T acquire Creativebug

Otter Media, the newly-named venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group, has acquired Creativebug, one of the leading go-to sources for high-quality online video arts and crafts instruction, from Demand Media. Otter Media is focused on acquiring, investing in and launching OTT video services, positioning the alliance to take advantage of the rapid growth of OTT subscription video services. “Creativebug […]

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