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Worldspace’s AsiaStar sold for Chinese broadband scheme

A new joint-venture, backed by New York Satellite Holdings (a subsidiary of New York Broadband 2) and CMMB Vision Holdings of Hong Kong, has bought the old Worldspace AsiaStar satellite operating at 105 deg East.  The plan is to add two satellites to AsiaStar – which has a limited life remaining – and start beaming mobile entertainment to users in […]

TF1 and ITAS enter OneCast negotiations

The TF1 and ITAS groups have entered into exclusive negotiations with a view to the acquisition by ITAS TIM, a subsidiary of ITAS group, of OneCast, a subsidiary of TF1 operating in the DTT multiplex broadcasting sector. An agreement could be signed in the coming weeks, once the negotiations have been finalised and the necessary procedures for the information of […]

Fox’s Carey: ‘Not buying ITV, might buy Sky’

Chase Carey, President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, participates in the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

Chase Carey, President and Chief Operating Officer, 21st Century Fox, has said his company is not planning to bid for UK’s ITV, amid speculation that it is the target of major US media groups, and confirmed Fox’s support both of subscription TV and content creation. Carey, speaking during a keynote session at the RTS London Conference 2014, said that although […]

Liberty Global: ‘We won’t build on ITV stake’

Following 21st Century Fox CEO Chase Carey’s assertion that it was not planning to acquire UK commercial Public Service Broadcaster ITV, Jim Ryan, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Liberty Global, has said that the cable MSO was not planning to build on the 6.4 per cent stake in the pubcaster it acquired from BSkyB mid-July 2014. He said […]

S&T acquires Synapse TV and VuTV JVs

Interactive TV and associated technologies specialist Strategy & Technology (S&T) and multi-platform live streaming and catch-up TV service provider Simplestream have reconstructed their two joint ventures – Synapse TV Ltd and VuTV Ltd – to be wholly owned by S&T, who will continue to run and develop the businesses, both of which are currently focused on delivery of OTT video […]

DISH/Ergen ‘interested’ in T-Mobile

Late on September 5 news emerged which suggested that DISH chairman Charlie Ergen had “contacted” wireless giant T-Mobile “according to people familiar with the matter”. Reportedly, Ergen has told T-Mobile’s majority (56.6 per cent) owner, Deutsche Telekom, that he is willing to put together an offer. Also interested in the T-Mobile asset is French telco Iliad. According to Bloomberg, Ergen […]

Gracenote acquires Baseline for $50m

In a move that broadens its existing video metadata and adds subscription-based entertainment services to its portfolio, music and video content and technology specialist Gracenote has acquired Baseline, a provider of film and television information and services in a $50 million deal. Baseline’s database deepens Gracenote’s existing portfolio by adding detailed, descriptive information about movies and TV productions to power […]

BSkyB confirms €6.75 for Sky Deutschland


BSkyB has made its formal offer of €6.75 per share to acquire the outstanding shares in Sky Deutschland. It is already assured of 21st Century Fox’s 57.4 per cent holding in the broadcaster. But it is now fair to say that the fun might begin. A number of other shareholders have very publicly stated that they will not be accepting […]

Spain to judge Telefonica-Canal Plus deal

The acquisition by Telefonica of Canal Plus will be scrutinised by the Spanish Competition Authorities since the EC has returned the case to Spain on the grounds that it does not have a European dimension. The National Market and Competition Commission (CNMC) will investigate whether the Telefonica’s deal with Canal Plus and Mediaset to acquire 100 per cent of pay […]

Vivendi picks Telefonica for GVT sale

Vivendi has picked Telefonica for exclusive talks over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, spurning a rival bid from Telecom Italia. Telefonica will fold GVT into its Brazilian mobile phone carrier Vivo to create the country’s biggest telecom group. It will then use GVT’s pay-TV and broadband know-how and its broad network to chase higher-value customers and keep […]

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