Comcast buys more than 30% of Sky

Barely three days after winning the blind auction for Sky with its £17.28 bid, Comcast has confirmed that its indirect unit Comcast Bidco Limited has acquired 515,885,170 Sky Shares at that sum representing approximately 30 per cent of the Sky Shares currently in issue. The development means that Comcast’s recommended…

Analyst: SVoD subs to reach 777m

Worldwide paying SVoD subscriptions will increase by 409 million between 2017 and 2023 to total 777 million, according to the Global SVoD Forecasts report from Digital TV Research.…

Vodafone Spain: “Football war damaging revenue”

The current TV football war in Spain, with operators dropping prices and offering low cost promotions, is having a very negative impact on the financial results of the…

Ampere: FAANGS bare their teeth with original commissions

Ampere: FAANGS bare their teeth with original commissions

The so-called FAANGs (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) are sharpening up their original commissions as SVoD players across the board announce new content. New analysis by media…

Telefónica to pull out of Mexico & Central America

Spanish telco Telefónica is reportedly finalising the sale of its subsidiary firms in Mexico and Central America in its plans to pull out of those markets to reduce…

Tech Mahindra’s 3-4-3 media play

Tech Mahindra’s 3-4-3 media play

While 3-4-3 may be the favoured formation of go-ahead football coaches, it is also at the core of digital transformation advisory specialist Tech Mahindra’s media and entertainment play.…

BARB launches multiscreen audience reporting

BARB, the official source of UK television viewing figures, has begun to report multiple-screen television programme ratings. For the first time, BARB is producing daily viewing figures which…

Bodyguard breaks iPlayer records

Bodyguard breaks iPlayer records

BBC One’s political thriller Bodyguard ended with its highest overnight audience of the series, concluding with an average of 10.4 million viewers/47.8 per cent share, and a peak of…

Patents breakthrough in online piracy fight

Streamed content monitoring specialist VFT Solutions has received a US government patent for methods for identifying, disrupting and monetising the illegal sharing and viewing of digital and analogue…

Roku: $40 4K player

Roku: $40 4K player

Streaming platform and device specialist Roku is expanding its streaming player lineup with the addition of two new devices – the new Roku Premiere and the new Roku…

Instagram founders leaving firm

The co-founders of social media sharing app Instagram are both leaving the firm. Kevin Systrom, CEO, confirmed that he and fellow CEO Mike Krieger were departing to “explore…

Viacom to relaunch VH1 in the UK

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced it will relaunch VH1 in the UK as a lifestyle and general entertainment channel. From October 2nd, the current music channel…

Apple completes Shazam deal

Apple completes Shazam deal

In a move that it says will offer more ways to discover and enjoy music, Apple has completed its December 2017 acquisition of Shazam, one of the world’s…

Fine for illegal Sky Sports use

Mark Clennell, the Designated Premises Supervisor of The Wheatsheaf in Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear in the northeast of England, has been convicted in his absence of…

Boost for rural superfast broadband

Boost for rural superfast broadband

Connecting rural areas with superfast broadband should be easier thanks to the CLA, the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and the…

Study: MPO Network deployment to grow 20% in 3 years

Viavi Solutions has released the results of a global study that examines the rise of parallel optics and multi-fibre connectivity in service provider networks, enterprises and data centres.…

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