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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 […]

‘Transformation’ Day for BSkyB

BSkyB’s shareholders will formally decide today whether to go ahead with the broadcaster’s £5.4 billion (€6.88bn) acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. There are not likely to be many objectors given that the acquisitions will transform BSkyB into a Europe-wide £22 billion business, and with immense prospects. At the end of the process, BSkyB will control some 20 million […]

Tesco to close blinkbox?

Reports suggest that UK supermarket retailer Tesco is planning to sell off or shut down its blinkbox video and music streaming service. According to The Times, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis has informed blinkbox management that if a buyer can’t be found, it will shut down the service, which has struggled to compete against services such as Netflix and Sky’s NOW […]

upc cablecom acquires Komtech Group

The owners of Komtech Group, parent company of Telekabel Arbon, Schefer and Grischa Vision, have confirmed they are selling 100 per cent of their shares to upc cablecom. The three cable networks have been partners of the company for many years. The cable operators Telekabel Arbon, Schefer and Grischa Vision provide around 23,000 customers with telecommunications services in the regions […]

Discovery, Liberty close All3Media acquisition

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global have finalised their transaction following regulatory clearance to jointly acquire All3Media, a leading global content creator and major distributor of award-winning TV programming. In May 2014, Discovery Communications and Liberty Global formed a joint venture to preserve All3Media’s creative autonomy while providing strategic guidance and investment to support its global growth. “All3Media is a production […]

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