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Ovum, Informa Telco & Media Research merge

Technology consultancy Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) Research, both divisions of Informa plc, are to combine under the Ovum brand, to create the world’s largest telecoms industry research firm. The new company, which will also be the fourth-largest technology analyst house globally, says it  will offer customers unrivalled analysis across the converging IT, media and telecoms industries, and [...]

Ymagis buys Arqiva digital cinema network

Ymagis, a specialist in digital technologies for the cinema industry, has announced the acquisition of Arqiva’s digital cinema delivery network in Europe. Ymagis and Arqiva have reached an agreement on the acquisition of Arqiva’s network in the digital delivery of feature-films, trailers and advertising content to theatres. Ymagis ‘s subsidiary Smartjog Ymagis Logistics will take over the satellite receivers installed [...]

BT rules out C5 bid

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A senior BT executive has questioned the £700 million (€824m) price tag for Channel 5, ruling out the telco as a serious bidder for the broadcaster. John Petter, the head of BT’s consumer arm, told an Ad Week Europe session in London, said he could not directly comment on speculation about BT’s participation in the Channel 5 auction. However he [...]

Mediapro to buy bankrupt TotalChannel?

Spanish media group Mediapro, shareholder in La Sexta channel and owner of football TV rights to Real Madrid and Barcelona, is reportedly negotiating the acquisition of TotalChannel to break into the OTT market. Launched one year ago, TotalChannel has filed for bankruptcy with 100,000 registered users, according to the company. The OTT service offered 12 premium TV channels at €9.99 [...]

SecondSync joins Twitter

UK-based TV social media analytics company SecondSync is to become part of Twitter. In an announcement on its website, SecondSync says it is “very proud” of the business it has built up over the last three years. “Through our social analytics products, we’ve enabled clients in the broadcast and advertising industries to realise the value of conversations on Twitter about [...]

KPMG: Surge in M&A no surprise

David Elms, KPMG’s Head of Media, has commented on the back of figures showing that the value of deals in the TMT sector during the first quarter of 2014 has reached its highest level since 2006: “Attitudes and outlook in the industry have definitely changed and

Masstech to acquire PlayBox

Masstech Group, whose solutions enable media companies to save, share and transform content, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the products and technology of PlayBox Technology, a provider of channel-in-a-box solutions for television. The shareholders of PlayBox Technology will continue to own and operate Playbox’ system integration, support centre and worldwide distribution through its eight offices in Europe, [...]

Charter files against Comcast/TWC merger

Charter Communications, the disappointed bidder for TWC, has filed legal documents contesting the proposed merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast claiming that the deal has been subject to a “flawed process”. Charter told Securities and Exchange Commission: “TWC’s process for negotiating and approving the merger was flawed because of the failure of the TWC Board of directors to consider [...]

DirecTV, Dish shares surge on ‘merger approach’

Shares of DirecTV and Dish Network surged on March 26th after a report on Bloomberg said Dish chairman Charlie Ergen has approached DirecTV chief Mike White about a possible merger. According to Bloomberg, Ergen is encouraged by the pending Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, but White is less convinced that a deal could pass competition tests. While Comcast and Time Warner [...]

ProSiebenSat.1 acquires CDS stake

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Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Group is boosting its digital and production business by acquiring a 20 per cent stake in Collective Digital Studios (CDS), a multichannel network in the US. CDS produces, distributes, and markets video content via digital platforms including YouTube, currently achieving nearly a billion video views per month with 600 channels and more than 100 million subscribers.  The deal [...]

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