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Hulu buys back AT&T stake

US streaming service Hulu has struck a deal with AT&T to take back a 9.5% minority stake from the company for US$1.43 billion, as the telecoms company looks to reduce its debt. The transaction valued Hulu a US$15 billion. It did not require any governmental or other third-party approvals and was simultaneously signed and closed. […]

European Council adoption makes copyright directive definitive

The European Council has adopted the controversial new copyright directive. The adoption of the new rules, following the European Parliament’s endorsement, means that the directive must now be implemented in national law by member states over the next two years. The directive is designed to ensure authors and artists are recompensed for their work but […]

Amazon reportedly looking to launch free music service

Amazon is in talks to launch a free music streaming service that will see it go head-to-head with Spotify, according to a report by Billboard. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is in discussion with music labels to obtain licences for a service that would be made available through its voice-activated Echo speakers […]

Tele Columbus looking at ‘new structure’ and external investor for network

German cable operator Tele Columbus has said it is mulling the possibility of bringing an external investor into a new structure that could see its network assets spun off. Responding to “recent media speculation”, the operator said that it is “in the very early stages of evaluating options to take advantage of value creating fibre […]

Vodafone Spain launching dedicated kids app

Vodafone España has teamed up with OnMobile to launch a dedicated kids app, Kids Planet, with over 3,000 episodes of content aimed at children aged three to 12. Content channels on the app include Sanrio, Planeta Junior, Highlights for Children, Lingo Kids and Motion Pictures. The app will give Vodafone customers access via a range […]

Bolloré replaces Bolloré on Vivendi board

Vivendi’s annual shareholders’ meeting has appointed Cyrille Bolloré as a member of its supervisory board for a four-year term and has renewed the appointment of Dominique Delport for the same period. Cyrille Bolloré replaces his father Vincent, who has now stepped down. Bolloré senior had already stepped down as company chairman last year, to be […]

Nordic operators add new sports service to TV offerings

Telia and Telenor have added new linear TV sports channel Strive Sport TV to their programming line-ups. The channel was launched in March by Scandinavian sports streaming service Strive Sport, offering up to 10 football matches a week from Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and North America’s Major League Soccer, including matches from LA […]

SPI International’s Timeless Drama debuts in Albania

SPI International/FilmBox’s Turkish drama offering, Timeless Drama Channel, has launched in Albania on pay TV outfit Digit-Alb’s platform. The lauch means that a range of Turkish drama shows will be available to Digit-Alb subscribers. SPI International announced the launch of Timeless Drama Channel last week, with a rollout on platforms including those of RTL Albania, […]

Flix Snip expands Russian reach with MegaFon deal

Short-form mobile-focused content app Flix Snip has expanded its reach in the Russian market by striking a deal with mobile telco MegaFon. Flix Snip will be available to MegaFon’s OTT, mobile and SVOD subscribers in Russia The service offers  short format entertainment content of 20 minutes or less, in all genres, including drama, animation, children’s, family, comedy, […]

Mediaset denies ProSiebenSat.1 merger rumours, pulls sale of DTT unit

Mediaset and ProSiebenSat.1 have strongly denied press rumours that emerged last week that they are in talks about a possible merger. The Italian broadcaster issued a statement that “no negotiations are underway” with the German media group. ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze meanwhile told Reuters that he saw “no industrial logic” in such a combination. Conze […]