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Joint Venture

Discovery muscle in on DAZN’s BT Sport deal?

Discovery is reported to be in talks about BT’s sale of its sports unit, despite earlier confirmation in September that sports streaming service DAZN was in “advanced” discussions. Discovery, which owns Eurosport and certain rights to the Olympic Games, is understood to be discussing a joint venture with BT that would combine their sports broadcasting […]

December 6, 2021By Colin Mann

América Móvil, Liberty LatAm combine Chilean ops

Communications and entertainment company Liberty Latin America and integrated telecommunications service provider América Móvil have agreed to combine their respective Chilean operations, VTR and Claro Chile, to form a 50:50 joint venture. The proposed transaction combines the complementary operations of VTR, a leading provider of high-speed consumer fixed products, such as broadband and pay-TV services, […]

September 30, 2021By Colin Mann

AT&T, TPG close DirecTV deal

US multiplay telco AT&T and TPG Capital, the private equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, have closed their transaction establishing a new company named DirecTV. This new company will own and operate the DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse video services previously owned and operated by AT&T. DirecTV had approximately 15.4 million premium video […]

August 3, 2021

Liberty Global Q1: ‘Momentum continues’

Liberty Global has revealed its Q1 2021 financial results which show that its convergence strategy added +80,000 broadband and +146,000 post-paid mobile subscribers. CEO Mike Fries stated: “As we continue to execute through the challenges of Covid-19, we’re hopeful that better and safer times lie ahead for our employees and our customers. While the well-being […]

May 6, 2021

O2, Virgin Media JV execs named

Although the planned merger combining Virgin Media and O2 is still subject to approval by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK, Liberty Global and Telefónica have announced their intention to appoint Lutz Schüler as Chief Executive Officer and Patricia Cobian as Chief Financial Officer of the proposed 50-50 joint venture. Schüler joined […]

April 7, 2021By Colin Mann

RTL Group taking full ownership of Super RTL

Media group RTL’s largest business unit, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, is to acquire the outstanding 50 per cent shareholding in digital entertainment company Super RTL, having signed a binding agreement with its current joint venture partner, BVI Television Investments, Inc., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. This will take RTL Group’s shareholding in Super RTL […]

March 3, 2021By Colin Mann

2021 launch for BritBox South Africa

BBC Studios and ITV have revealed that their SVoD joint venture BritBox is to launch in South Africa in the second half of 2021. The service will expand into its fifth worldwide territory, following successful launches in the US & Canada, the UK and, most recently, Australia. In 2020, BritBox announced a global roll out […]

February 16, 2021By Colin Mann

DT, Cellnex Dutch tower business merger

In a further move consolidating ownership of the European tower sector, with 5G rollouts picking up speed, Deutsche Telekom and wireless telecommunications infrastructure specialist Cellnex Telecom have signed an agreement to merge their respective Dutch mobile communications infrastructure companies into Cellnex Netherlands BV (Cellnex NL). Both companies will also become anchor investors in the newly […]

January 21, 2021By Colin Mann

Arqiva withdraws from Digital UK shareholding

Digital UK, the joint venture which leads the operations and strategy of UK DTT platform and Freeview service, has confirmed that broadcast network infrastructure and transmission services provider Arqiva will stand down as a shareholder in the Company from March 2021. The remaining shareholders – the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 – will now have […]

December 1, 2020By Colin Mann

Eutelsat delivers Viasat “coup-de-grâce”

The news that Eutelsat is completely ending its already strained relationship with Viasat prompted one analyst to update clients on the position. Viasat will now own 100 per cent the Euro Broadband Infrastructure (EBI). Giles Thorne (media analyst at Jefferies) was blunt: “The curtain comes down on Viasat’s disastrous first steps into European broadband. Eutelsat […]

November 20, 2020