Advanced Television


Serie A mulls Sky Italia acquisition

Italy’s top-flight football league Serie A is considering a purchase of Sky Italia. The move is understood to be one of two items being discussed at a meeting of the clubs, according to daily La Stampa. One is the next auction for TV rights and negotiations with investment funds and banks that have offered to […]

March 13, 2023By Colin Mann

CMA to review British Sky Broadcasting merger remedy

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is consulting on whether undertakings given by British Sky Broadcasting Group remain appropriate or need to be varied, superseded or released. The consultation will review merger undertakings given by British Sky Broadcasting Group plc in 2001 following a transaction in which it increased its shareholding of British Interactive […]

March 10, 2023By Colin Mann

EC poised for major probe of Orange, MásMóvil merger

Brussels has postponed its decision over the €19 billion merger between Orange and MásMóvil until April 3rd to have more time to study the deal. The EC is likely to reject the Spanish CNMC’s bid to take control of the case and instead launch its own high-level probe. In February both companies notified the EC […]

March 8, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

IRI, NPD rebrand as Circana

Following their merger in August 2022, Information Resources Inc (IRI) and The NPD Group have unveiled a new combined company name and brand identity: Circana. Circana will serve as an advisor on the complexity of consumer behaviour. Through advanced analytics, cross-industry data and expertise, the compnay will aim to provide clarity that helps clients take […]

March 8, 2023

Paramount selling BET?

Paramount Global is considering the sale of a majority stake in BET Media Group, which includes the BET cable network, BET Studios and VH1, according to Reuters. BET drew expressions of interest from Byron Allen, whose Allen Media Group’s assets include The Weather Channel. Tyler Perry, the actor and producer best known for the Madea […]

March 7, 2023

SF Anytime acquires Denmark’s Blockbuster

Swedish streaming service SF Anytime, owned by SF Studios, has acquired the Danish streaming service Blockbuster from Nuuday. By acquiring the right to use the Blockbuster brand and all customer relationships, SF Anytime says it creates a “leading Nordic platform for digital rental and purchase of films to consumers”. The two businesses will continue to […]

March 7, 2023

CNMC asks EC to leave Orange/MásMóvil decision to them

Spain’s regulatory body CNMC wants the final word on the merger between Orange and MásMóvil, and has asked Brussels to let them adjudicate. CNMC argues that the regulatory body has more knowledge of current market conditions, and asserts its competence to make a decision over the operation valued at €19 billion. The European Commission (EC) […]

March 6, 2023From David Del Valle in Madrid

Bank: Does Eutelsat, OneWeb merger make sense?

Investment bank Berenberg, in a report on Eutelsat, says the Paris-based satellite operator is struggling to persuade investors that its merger with OneWeb makes sense. “The transformative deal, first announced in July 2022 and planned to complete in calendar Q2/Q3 2023, changes Eutelsat’s investment case from a highly cash-generative, dividend-paying value stock to a non-cash-generative, […]

February 28, 2023

Sony, Zee merger stalls

The much-delayed merger between India’s Sony and Zee Entertainment (ZEEL) has not – yet – hit the buffers. Zee’s MD Punit Goenk has said that he expects a timely completion of a merger. However, ZEEL told a tribunal on February 24th that its merger with Sony’s India division will “get stuck” due to the initiation […]

February 27, 2023

Equativ names Bridgepoint majority shareholder

Equativ, the independent ad platform, has announced Bridgepoint as its new principal investor. Following strong growth in 2022, Equativ reached net recurring revenues of $100 million, achieving year-on-year organic growth of 30 per cent and tripling its revenues over the past three years. Equativ says its partnership with will “accelerate its mission to help publishers […]

February 24, 2023