BT Sport and Eurosport to combine as new JV in BT-Warner Bros. Discovery deal

BT Sport and Eurosport are set to combine into one combined entity as BT and Warner Bros. Discovery look to take on Sky Sports. The companies have confirmed the creation of a new joint-venture, following the pair’s exclusive negotiations that were announced in February. The 50:50 joint venture will see both companies hold equal voting […]

BT announces sports joint venture talks with Discovery as DAZN deal falls through

In something of a shock move, BT has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Discovery to create a new sports joint venture. All signs had pointed to BT nearing a deal to offload BT Sport to DAZN in a deal worth an estimated US$800 million. However, BT has decided against a full […]

BT seeks approval from Premier League for DAZN BT Sport sale

DAZN is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire BT Sport, with the broadcaster reportedly seeking approval from the Premier League to authorise the sale. While DAZN has reportedly long held an interest in BT Sport as a means of entering into the UK sports rights market, news emerged last month of a deal being on […]

DAZN reportedly on verge of US$800 million BT Sport acquisition

DAZN is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire BT Sport for an estimated US$800 million. BT CEO Phillip Jansen said that the company was exploring a sale of the broadcaster in mid-2021, with the money from a potential deal going towards the operator’s fibre rollout plans. Now, Reuters is reporting that DAZN is close to an US$800 million […]

Patrick Drahi ups stake in BT, prompting government threat of intervention

Patrick Drahi’s Altice UK has upped its stake in BT to 18%, prompting warnings from the UK government that it may intervene to protect its “national telecom infrastructure” in the case of a foreign takeover. Altice UK has confirmed that it does not intend to make an offer for BT – although under Rule 2.8 […]

European telco sector set for resurgence, says Jefferies

The European telecom sector looks set for resurgence in 2022 amid top-line growth, potential consolidation and an improved regulatory environment that values incentives to invest over an exclusive focus on end-user pricing and competition, according to analysts at Jefferies. Jefferies’ analysts said they were “looking with confidence” at the sector over the coming year in […]

European telco CEOs call on US tech players to fund network expansion

A joint statement from 13 European telco bosses has called on US tech giants to fund Europe’s network expansion. The letter includes the signatures of chief executives of Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, BT, Telia, Altice Portugal and Vodafone among numerous others. It said that US tech players should contribute to the continent’s network growth due to […]

BT opens new London HQ

Telco BT has announced the opening of its new global headquarters in Aldgate, London. The New office, in the 18-storey ​​One Braham building, will house around 3,500 staff. It will provide support for regional hubs across the country, including at Three Snowhill, Birmingham with plans for additional hubs in Bristol and Manchester. BT said that […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom’s pay TV complaints list, with Sky generating fewest complaints

Sky stood out as the least complained-about pay TV service, while Virgin Media was the most complained-about service in regulator Ofcom’s latest survey of service provider complaints. Sky generated only one complaint per 100,000 subscribers in Q2, meaning it was the only provider to perform better than the industry average of four complaints per 100,000. […]

BT bundles Netflix into revamped TV packages

UK pay TV service BT TV today has revamped its TV packages, with Netflix now bundled into its Entertainment, Big Entertainment and VIP plans. The addition of Netflix means that BT TV customers will be able to access the service along with other entertainment content with just one monthly payment. BT said TV customers can […]