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Xavier Niel’s Iliad to acquire UPC Poland from Liberty Global

Liberty Global has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of its operations in Poland to iliad Group’s Polish mobile subsidiary Play. The deal, which will see Liberty Global complete its exit from central and eastern Europe and marks a major expansion for Xavier Niel’s Iliad in the country, values its Polish assets at PLN7 […]

Viaplay to launch in the UK, Germany and Canada

Nordic streamer Viaplay is to launch in the UK, Germany and Canada over the next two years. The Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group)-owned streamer will be rolled into the UK in the second half of 2022 followed by expansion into Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland during 2023. NENT has also set itself new subscriber targets, […]

DAZN ‘in advanced talks’ to take control of BT Sport

DAZN is in advanced talks to acquire BT Sport, according to a report by the Financial Times. According to the FT, citing unnamed sources, a deal could be struck within weeks, with the sale of its premium TV arm freeing BT up to focus on its 5G rollout, fibre and connectivity. The sale of BT […]

Sky ‘planning own range of smart TVs’

Sky is planning to launch its own range of smart TVs as the battle between traditional pay TV operator and streaming giants accelerates, according to press reports. According to the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, the Comcast-owned pay TV operator could announce a move into smart TV hardware as soon as next month. Launching its […]

ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV to launch in Italy

ViacomCBS-owned free streaming service Pluto TV is to launch in Italy on October 28.   According to ViacomCBS, PlutoTV will be Italy’s first Free ad-supported television (FAST) service and will complement Paramount+ when the premium streaming service launches in Italy next year. Pluto TV will launch on mobile via iOS and Android, desktop and Connected TV (CTV) devices, such as Samsung Tizen, LG Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast, and select channels […]

Alchimie strikes deals with Orange, Amazon Prime Video and Movistar

OTT subscription video-on-demand channel provider Alchimie has struck new distribution deals with Orange, Amazon Prime Video and Telefónica’s Spanish platform Movistar.  Alchiimie has secured distribution for Earth and food-focused offering CultivonsNous.tv on Orange and Amazon Prime Video. Co-founded by Alchimie with Edouard Bergeon and sponsored by Guillaume Canet, the channel is available by subscription for […]

Eastern Europe predicted to double its SVOD base

Eastern European will double its total SVOD subscriber base over the next five years, according to the latest report by Digital TV Research. The research outfit forecasts 47 million SVOD subscriptions in Eastern Europe by 2026; more than double the 22 million at end-2021. Russia will have 20 million subscriptions by 2026, up from 11 […]

United Group’s Nova secures first-run NBCUniversal content

United Group-owned Greek pay TV operator Nova has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution for first run pay window rights for NBCUniversal’s films and TV series.  Feature films that will premiere exclusively on Novacinema channels include: F9: The Fast Saga, as well as all eight previous movies in the blockbuster Fast & Furious movie franchise, […]

Sony Pictures Networks India to merge with Zee Entertainment

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has struck a deal to take control of Indian media giant Zee Entertainment. SPNI and Zee Enterprises Ltd. (ZEEL) have signed up to an exclusive, non-binding agreement to combine both companies’ linear networks, digital assets, production operations and programme libraries. The combined company would be a publicly listed company in […]

Canal+ take majority stake in SPI International

France’s Canal+ has struck a deal to take a 70% stake in SPI International, the European TV channel and streamer operator behind brands including FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska and recently launched SVOD Dizi. Loni Farhi, who founded SPI almost three decades ago, will continue to manage the business alongside CEO Berk Uziyel. Financial details have […]

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