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PCCW eyes Dailymotion stake


Dailymotion, the online video portal owned by French telco Orange, is set to hold talks to sell a 49 per cent stake to Hong Kong-based telecom giant PCCW. PCCW has reportedly made an offer valuing the video site at about €250 million. The deal would bring in a long-desired foreign partner for the French company to finance expansion in the […]

TiVo wraps Aereo purchase

DVR specialist TiVo has completed its purchase of the Aereo assets, such as they are, including Aereo’s trademarks and client lists. The purchase price was about $1 million. The deal has been approved by a New York Federal bankruptcy court which was handling the company’s closure. TiVo gets the trademarks and client list, while RPX Corp (described as a patent […]

ITV acquires Talpa Media


As widely anticipated, UK commercial broadcaster ITV has confirmed it is to acquire Talpa Media B.V., the entertainment show producer behind worldwide hit formats, including The Voice, The Voice Kids, Utopia, I Love My Country and Dating In The Dark for an initial cash consideration of approximately £355 million (€500m). ITV says the acquisition is a further milestone in its […]

Fries: ‘US embarrassing on neutrality’

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, told delegates at Cable Congress that the US was just “embarrassing” on Net Neutrality. He said he had no idea what problem regulators thought they were trying to fix and that European authorities had a more sophisticated approach. “No one wants to block anyone, but we have to able to manage the network, we […]

WPP acquires FlowNetwork stake

British multinational advertising and public relations company WPP has agreed to acquire a minority stake in Swedish over-the-top television service FlowNetwork. The company delivers its programmes via the Internet, which supplies Sweden’s regional newspapers with technology and content. Newspapers served by FlowNetwork include Norrköpings tidningar, Folkbladet, Motala Vadstena Tidning, Norrländska Socialdemokraten, Östgöta Correspondenten, Norrbottens-Kuriren, Västervik-Tidningen, Hela Gotland and UNT. FlowNetwork […]

Albis Technologies acquired by UET

Business access and multimedia solutions provider Albis Technologies has been acquired by UET United Electronic Technology, based in Eschborn, Germany. UET United Electronic Technology operates three business units in the telecommunications industry including systems and services; manufacturing services; and ICT installation, operation, and maintenance services. Albis Technologies will strengthen the telecommunication systems business unit by providing systems, solutions, and services […]

US consumers against Comcast/TWC merger

US consumer advocacy body Consumers Union is heightening its opposition to the proposed merger of Comcast with Time Warner Cable by launching a new ad campaign in support of its efforts to see the deal rejected. It suggests that if the deal gets approved, Comcast would gain unprecedented control over what people see on TV and online, and how much […]

NextRadio TV acquires Vodeo

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French TV group NextRadio TV, operator of DTT channels BFM TV, BFM Business and RMC Découverte, has confirmed the acquisition of VoD and SVoD documentary platform Vodeo for an undisclosed sum. With 5,000 TV programmes into its library, the Vodeo service is available online and carried on cable and IPTV platforms. It has around 3,000 SVoD subscribers who pay a […]

TiVo explains Aereo asset buy


TiVo’s CEO Tom Rogers said that viewing consumers are facing “chaotic changes” in the variety and amount of programming available to them. “Infinite amounts of new and compelling content coming from all directions, traditional linear TV, live sports and other events, recorded programming, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, TV Everywhere and web streaming services. In this new world order of content, what’s […]

Quickplay acquires Roundbox

Quickplay, the global expert in powering video to any device, has confirmed the acquisition of New Jersey based Roundbox, a technology provider for the optimisation of video and other data-intensive applications over mobile networks. The acquisition supports Quickplay’s strategy to enable the monetisation of engaging premium viewing experiences on any device or network by using multicast (one-to-many), and unicast (one-to-one) […]

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