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Jefferies: Sky more likely to team up with BT Openreach than Virgin Media for fibre

Sky is more likely to partner with BT Openreach to extend its fibre broadband reach in the UK than to sign a much-speculated on wholesale deal with Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, according to analysts from Jefferies. Jefferies gave BT a ‘buy’ rating but predicted a cut in its dividend per share from next year to […]

Freesat taps CommScope for new generation of 4K boxes

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has launched a new generation of 4K TV boxes, including three new DVR-enabled models and a zapper box. The devices will be available from Amazon from the end of February and from retailer Currys PC World shortly afterwards. The internet-connected boxes are being produced by CommScope, the first Freesat-led devices […]

Telefónica ‘working actively’ on Latin American consolidation plans

Telefónica is “working actively” on plans that could see consolidation and a change in the ownership structure of its struggling Latin American business. Speaking to analysts after the company posted its year-end numbers last week, chief financial and control officer Laura Abasolo said that the telco was “analysing all inorganic alternatives” in the region and […]

MultiChoice names Kenya managing director

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice has named Nancy Matimu as its managing director for Kenya. The operator said that her appointment was expected to further strengthen the businessin the East African country, where MultiChoice provides the DStv satellite and lower-cost GOtv brands. Prior to joining MultiChoice Kenya, Matimu was vice-president, head of market development, […]

Eutelsat signs back-up deal with SMS Teleport

Independent UK teleport Satellite Mediaport Services Ltd. (SMS Teleport) has signed a deal with commercial satellite operator Eutelsat to provide back-up teleport-based broadcast satellite services for its EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite.  The deal will see SMS Teleport provide Eutelsat with redundant teleport services from its Rugby, UK teleport. In conjunction with Eutelsat’s Paris-Rambouillet teleport […]

NBCU reportedly in talks to buy Walmart’s VUDU

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is reportedly in talks to acquire Walmart’s Vudu TVOD service. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the SNL broadcaster is in “advanced talks” to buy the streamer, though a source said that these discussions “may not result in a deal.” The Journal adds that NBCU would view Vudu “as a […]

Amazon expands live tennis coverage to 80 tournaments

Amazon has expanded its library of live tennis rights to over 80 tournaments from the ATP and WTA, the company has said.  Prime Video will broadcast live, on-site coverage across many ATP and WTA tournaments in 2020, including combined coverage at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells (March 11-22), Miami Open presented by Itaú […]

New Fox in for Tubi claims WSJ

The ‘new Fox’ – led by CEO Lachlan Murdoch and borne out of the US$71 billion sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney – is said to be mulling a purchase of AVOD Tubi.  The Wall Street Journal said that a deal for the streamer which started life as ad-tech startup AdRise in 2010 is […]

Cellcom Israel chairman Erel resigns

Ami Erel, the chairman of Cellcom Israel, has resigned.  In a succinct statement, the telco confirmed that the chairman will step down from his post effective March 1, 2020. The chairman departs after 15 years in the post. In a letter to management and employees, Erel said: “Together with TZI and an electrical company, we […]

£49.99 annual Disney+ subscription launches in UK ahead of March 24 rollout

Ahead of its March 24 launch, Disney has unveiled a presale introductory pricing for upcoming streamer Disney+. Subscribers willing to pay up for a full year ahead of the launch will be offered special pricing of £49.99 for the first year, as opposed to the normal annual subscription cost of £59.99 per year. This offer […]