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CMA set to clear Microsoft, Activision deal

The sale of Activision’s cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft substantially addresses previous concerns and opens the door to Microsoft’s acquisition of the games maker being cleared, according to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). While the CMA has identified limited residual concerns with the new deal, Microsoft has put forward remedies which the CMA […]

September 22, 2023By Colin Mann

Viaccess-Orca, Microsoft, generative AI partnership

Viaccess-Orca (VO), a specialist in providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, is collaborating with Microsoft on new advancements in generative AI. At IBC, VO is showcasing how it is harnessing the latest innovations in large language models (LLM) through integration with LLMs on Microsoft Azure including Azure OpenAI Service to […]

September 14, 2023

Survey: Strong demand for Netflix cloud gaming

Research reveals a third (33 per cent) of committed gamers across seven global markets have already used a cloud gaming service, alongside 10 per cent of casual gamers. The majority (82 per cent) of those who have tried cloud gaming are likely to use it again and the current uptake of cloud gaming services is […]

September 7, 2023

Ovyo names Morrison as Chief Revenue Officer

Ovyo, a video software, integration and delivery services company, has named Colin Morrison as its first Chief Revenue Officer. Morrison, who joins from VIDA, brings a long experience working in the video industry including heading up commercial teams at XPERI, Microsoft and Ericsson. Morrison will be based in The Netherlands and will be responsible for […]

September 7, 2023

IBC2023 announces Accelerator Media Innovation Programme line-up

IBC2023 has announced its line-up of eighty world-leading media brands and new players taking part in the Accelerator Media Innovation Programme, bringing together a range of industry pioneers from across the media, entertainment and technology ecosystem to enable fast-track, collaborative innovation experiments to understand and solve some of the complex challenges of transformative new technologies. […]

September 5, 2023

Microsoft makes revised Activision bid

Microsoft has submitted a new deal for review by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following confirmation that its original deal to acquire Activision had been blocked to protect innovation and choice in cloud gaming. In an unusual step, Microsoft had sought to revisit the CMA’s original prohibition decision, arguing that blocking the original […]

August 22, 2023By Colin Mann

US court boost for Microsoft/Activision deal

The chances of Microsoft taking over video games publisher Activision Blizzard have been boosted after a US judge rejected a request from US regulators to block the deal. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asked a judge to block Microsoft’s $69 billion (€63.9bn) takeover suggesting the deal could “substantially lessen competition” in the sector. Judge […]

July 12, 2023By Colin Mann

Ateme now in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Ateme, a global player in video compression, delivery, and streaming solutions, has announced the availability of its video solutions in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Ateme customers can now take advantage of the productive and Azure cloud platform, with streamlined deployment and management. The integration […]

June 29, 2023

XL8 joins Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub

XL8, a Silicon Valley tech company providing AI-powered machine translation technology, has announce its acceptance into the Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub programme. This significant milestone positions XL8 at the forefront of innovation in the language translation industry, opening new horizons for the company’s growth and the future of AI-driven language solutions. Being selected for […]

June 27, 2023

FTC moves to block Microsoft’s Activision buyout

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked a judge to block Microsoft’s $69 billion (€63.9bn) takeover of video game publisher Activision Blizzard. The US regulator said the deal, which would be the largest in the history of the video games industry, could “substantially lessen competition” in the sector. The move comes a few weeks […]

June 13, 2023