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China: Sumavision partners with Hunan

Beijing-based digital video and IPTV system provider Sumavision has signed an agreement with Hunan Cable TV Network Group, a subsidiary of Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary, that will see the two companies jointly operate Internet TV services as well as cooperate on distribution of smart terminals and development and marketing of smart home gateways and routers. Under the partnership, Sumavision [...]

VSN acquires M-Fact

Multimedia content management specialist VSN has acquired M-Fact, an R&D Enterprise that has developed a unique real time ACR (Automatic Content Recognition) system. M-Fact’s technology facilitates the unification of the Offline and Online worlds (TV/Radio and Internet). Based on its content recognition system, it is possible to monitor and audit in real time all content aired on TV and radio. [...]

Piksel, J-Stream partner for video solutions expansion

Piksel, a global provider of video monetisation software and services, has agreed a partnership with J-Stream, Japan’s largest content delivery network, to become an official reseller of the Piksel Video Platform and white-label it as J-Stream MediaLize. “We are pleased to formalise our partnership with J-Stream and assist them in launching MediaLize. There’s no question that through this partnership Japanese [...]

Broker downgrades BT on TV and competition fears


Global investment management firm Sanford C Bernstein has downgraded BT, saying it may over-spend on TV sports rights and face more competition from rival Virgin Media. Bernstein, which reduced BT to ‘market-perform’ with a fair value of 385p, said “much good can be said” about BT and its investment case, although a good deal of that was well-understood and priced [...]

Discovery invests in DOGTV


DOGTV, the first and only television network created just for dogs, has announced an investment in the network by Discovery Communications, as well as the formation of a strategic partnership between the two companies, which will help accelerate DOGTV’s growth and allow for collaboration with one of its leading television networks, Animal Planet. DOGTV will use the investment to drive [...]

Vivendi accepts €17bn Altice/Numericable SFR bid

The logo of French telecom operator SFR is seen on a building in the financial district of le Defense at Nanterre, west of Paris

Vivendi has confirmed that its Supervisory Board has decided unanimously to accept a bid from Altice/Numericable for its SFR mobile unit. The definitive acceptance follows a mutually-agreed exclusive period signed on March 14th. The Board said it also carefully reviewed letters and documents that the Bouygues Group decided to send it during this exclusive period regarding a combination between SFR [...]

OSN: IPO or trade sale on cards?

Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) is to be given an Initial Public Offering, and a listing on the London exchange. This is not the first time that the proposal has been made but now seems to have legs given a statement last week from majority owners KIPCO. KIPCO Deputy Chairman Faisal Al-Ayyar said he hoped the listing would be completed by [...]

Dalet acquires AmberFin

Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, software and services specialist Dalet Digital Media Systems has signed a definitive agreement with Advent Venture Partners to acquire AmberFin, a specialist in video ingest, complex media manipulation, transcoding and quality control (QC) solutions. According to Dalet, the acquisition significantly broadens its product offerings, which are built around an open, IT-centric technology framework. It affirms [...]

Imagine acquires Digital Rapids

Software and networking solutions specialist Imagine Communications is to acquire Digital Rapids, an innovator in IP and file-based media processing solutions and software-defined workflow management technologies. “Imagine Communications is laser-focused on leading the industry to a future defined by IP, software, the cloud and TV Everywhere, with an architecture vision for delivering and monetising multiscreen content,” said Charlie Vogt, CEO [...]

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 [...]

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