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BBC set for £650m licence fee hit

BBC set for £650m licence fee hit

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, speaking in parliament July 6th, has confirmed that the BBC will take on the cost of providing free TV licences for over-75s. This will be phased…

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…

FCC signs off ‘white space’ super Wi-Fi

FCC signs off ‘white space’ super Wi-Fi

The Federal Communications Commission has removed the final obstacle to the commercial use of the “white spaces” of unused spectrum between broadcast TV channels. “With [the] approval of the first…

Maine out at Solaris Mobile

Maine out at Solaris Mobile

Matt Child is Solaris Mobile’s new CEO replacing Steve Maine who has left “to pursue other professional interests”. Dublin-based Solaris Mobile is the Eutelsat/SES joint-venture set up in 2006 to…

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