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“Vodafone doesn’t have real 5G” snipes O2 CEO

Mark Evans, CEO of Telefonica-owned O2, has taken a jab at Vodafone, claiming that the company doesn’t offer “real 5G”. The UK’s 5G market is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive, with each player looking for an edge over the pack. This has led to some fighting talk, with major execs openly criticising their competition.  Speaking […]

AMC adds SVOD services to YouTube TV

AMC has signed a deal with YouTube to bring two of its proprietary subscription services to YouTube TV.  Acorn TV is dedicated to British dramas, while the Urban Movie Channel (UMC) features a selection of black TV shows and films. The former is available as a US$6 per month subscription, while UMC costs US$5 per […]

Sunrise at war with Freenet over Liberty Global deal

The battle between Swiss service provider Sunrise and its largest shareholder Freenet over the former’s plans to acquire UPC Switzerland has escalated, with Sunrise accusing Freenet board representatives of “a conflict of interest” and resolving to exclude them from discussions about the merger. Sunrise also asserted that Freenet had previously proposed an illegal acquisition of […]

Mediaset takes MediaForEurope battle with Vivendi to regulator

Mediaset has taken its battle with shareholder Vivendi to Italian markets regulator CONSOB with a complaint that the French media giant was attempting to manipulate Mediaset’s share price downwards. Mediaset referred specifically to a report published by Bloomberg this week, citing unnamed sources, that indicated that Vivendi was prepared to vote against the Italian media […]

Sky Deutschland to offer PPV Bundesliga 2 matches via Onefootball app

Sky Deutschland has struck a deal with football fansite and app Onefootball to make Bundesliga 2 and DFB Cup football matches available on a pay-per-view basis via the site. Football fans will be able to watch live broadcasters of fourth round matches of the German second division football tournament from €3.99 per match via the […]

Amazon denies ambition to ‘gobble up rights’ and names European Studios execs

Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown has outlined the company’s rapidly growing commissioning structure across the continent and reiterated that the streamer doesn’t want to “gobble up all rights.” Amazon Studios has been focusing its attention on setting up offices across Europe over the past six months, with its “first phase” of appointing country-based […]

Magine Pro ups Wilkinson to CEO and hires new commercial chief

OTT platform operator Magine Pro has promoted managing director Matthew Wilkinson to CEO, replacing Ambuj Goyal, and has hired ex-Neulion executive Luke Boyle as chief commercial officer. Wilkinson, who is taking over from Goyal as CEO, has a background in Ericsson where he held different management positions in Europe and Australia. Over the past year […]

Beeline Kazakhstan taps Kaltura for new TV offering

Veon/Beeline Kazakhstan has tapped technology provider Kaltura’s cloud TV platform to deliver its newly-launched TV service, TV Internet Doma. Beeline Kazakhstan is using the Kaltura TV platform technology to replace a legacy pay TV service and to reach more devices and customers, according to Kaltura. Beeline Kazakhstan customers can now access premium live channels and a […]

Three Irish pubs ordered to pay Sky fines

Three Irish pubs have been ordered to pay damages for illegally showing Sky Sports in their venues. The River Lane, the Joshua Tree and the Bridge, all in Cork, have been fined €18,444, €17,500 and €14,688 respectively for publicly showing Sky broadcasts without a commercial licence. In addition, the venues have been made to pay […]

Korean FTC approves Pooq and Oksusu merger, paves way for Wavve launch in September

South Korean regulators have approved the merger between OTT platform Pooq and Oksusu to clear the way for the launch of Wavve.  Wavve was initially proposed in January as a joint venture between broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS along with telco SK Telecom as a means to protect against the growing influence of foreign OTT […]