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ITV ‘will sue’ if catch-up comes under BBC licence

ITV ‘will sue’ if catch-up comes under BBC licence

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is threatening legal action over government proposals to force digital catch-up TV users to purchase a TV licence. The proposals are part of plans to overhaul…

BT reveals Ultra HD prices

BT has announced details of its new BT TV Ultra HD package, which includes Europe’s very first live sports Ultra HD (4K) channel, BT Sport Ultra HD, and the company’s…

Tele Columbus acquires PrimaCom for €711m

Tele Columbus acquires PrimaCom for €711m

In a further consolidation of the German broadband cable sector Tele Columbus Group, the third largest German cable network operator, has entered into an agreement to acquire PrimaCom Holding GmbH,…

Italian pay-TV “ripe for consolidation”

Italian pay-TV “ripe for consolidation”

There are Italian press reports that Sky (which controls the Sky UK, Sky Germany and Sky Italia broadcasters) has offered €1.1 billion to buy Mediaset’s pay-TV arm, which Mediaset has…

ARRIS buys Pace for $2.1bn

ARRIS buys Pace for $2.1bn

In a further consolidation of the broadband and pay-TV technology sector, ARRIS is buying Pace for $2.1 billion (€1.96 billion) in cash and stock. The acquisition is expected to be…

TV5 is restored

TV5 Monde is back on air after the cyber attack that took the network off air around the world. The French security service Anssi has sent a team to TV5’s…

Could Vivendi buy Sky?

Could Vivendi buy Sky?

French media giant Vivendi is said to be considering a bid to acquire all of the Sky-branded European pay-TV broadcasters. Reuters have reported ‘early stage discussions’ and analysts at investment…

Pace predicts strong year

Pace predicts strong year

Pace used its interims to predict a strong year. The British STB manufacturer said YoY it was producing more profit on lower turnover with revenue down 13.6 per cent to…

Telefónica seeks Canal+ takeover

Telefónica seeks Canal+ takeover

Spanish telco Telefónica has submitted a binding offer of €295 million to Mediaset España to buy its 22 per cent of the share capital of pay-TV operator Canal+ owner Distribuidora…

Consumer frustration threatens $7bn cableco revenue

Consumer frustration threatens $7bn cableco revenue

A study from management consultancy cg42 paints a grim picture for the US’s five biggest cable companies: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter, and Cox. Based on a survey of…

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