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Altice increases Numericable-SFR stake

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice, founded by telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, has acquired 1,298,398 shares in French cable telco Numericable-SFR for some €64.6 million. Altice’s March 2015 acquisition of…

France launches fresh HD DTT tender

France’s broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has issued a new call for bids to offer nationwide services in HD on the country’s DTT platform. The move is…

US Senators decry lack of STB choice and competition

Findings gleaned by two US lawmakers suggest that consumers have little choice in their pay-TV set-top boxes, with the average household spending $231 (€254) a year on STB rental fees.…

UK Copyright Hub launches

The UK Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe has become the first public user of The Copyright Hub and the Digital Catapult’s new copyright technology at an event in London. Using…

Russia’s Spaceport has “lost” €115m

Russia’s most senior lawyer, its Prosecutor General, Mr Yury Chaika, says the 250 or so companies which collectively are building a brand-new rocket-launching spaceport have between them “lost” Rub 7.5…

Ofcom fines Asia TV

Ofcom has fined Asia TV Limited £25,000 (€35,000) for failing to provide adequate protection for viewers, after it aired what was deemed potentially harmful content on its Lamhe TV channel.…

Russia Today warned over “indecent” content

Controversial Russian propaganda channel Russia Today has been issued a formal “Advisory” warning by India’s TV regulator (the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, MIB) over what it described as “several…

Ofcom extends Sky sports deals review

Ofcom has published a supplementary consultation seeking further evidence as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. The review, which Ofcom first consulted on in December 2014,…

Telefónica hit with €10m football rights fine

Telefónica hit with €10m football rights fine

Spain’s Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (National Commission of Markets and Competition) has fined Telefónica and pay-TV operator DTS a total of €15.5 million for anti-competitive behaviour…

AT&T completes DirecTV acquisition

US telco AT&T has completed its $48.5 billion (€44.2bn) acquisition of pay-TV provider DirecTV following the Federal Communications Commission’s approval – with conditions – of the deal. The FCC determined…

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