Altice gets conditional green light for PT acquisition

The European Commission has given a green light to Altice’s €7.4 billion acquisition of Portugal Telecom under condition that the cable and telecom investor sells its existing assets in the country’s, cable operator Cabovisão and business service provider ONI. The EC had rejected an application by the Portuguese competition regulator to have the file returned […]

Ofcom mulls ‘lighter approach’ to regulation

Ofcom’s new CEO Sharon White has said that the UK broadcast regulator will look at whether it can take a lighter approach to regulation in light of changes to the TV and telco markets.  In an interview with the Financial Times, White said that the internet was “one of the big issues” she will look […]

Telefónica reportedly ready to make concessions to secure Canal+

Telefónica is likely to secure the approval of the Spanish competition regulator, the CNMC, for its acquisition of pay TV service Canal+, thanks to a series of voluntary concessions that are likely to head of the latter’s concerns, according to local reports. Telefónica has reportedly offered to make half of its premium content, including from […]

German cable operators slam open market plan for modems

German cable operators have joined forces to reject a move by the Federal government to ban operators from forcing subscribers to take a router supplied by their service provider rather than buy a device of their choice on the open market.  Following the tabling of a draft bill by the German economy ministry in February […]

ARCEP to auction 700MHz spectrum

French telecoms regulator ARCEP is to begin auctioning part of the 700MHz spectrum band currently used for digital-terrestrial TV broadcasting in July.  The move follows a consultation with stakeholders, the results of which were published earlier this week. Late entrant to mobile Free/Iliad Telecom has already made it known that it wants to be guaranteed […]

Bundeskartellamt greenlights DVB-T2 pay platform

German competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt has given a green light for transmission services provider Media Broadcast to build a pay platform for the country’s new DVB-T2-based digital-terrestrial infrastructure. Media Broadcast plans to build a pay TV platform for HD services in particular as the country’s DTT infrastructure transitions to DVB-T2, probably from next year. Commercial […]

UK networks retrans battle goes to Euro court

The battle between three UK broadcasters and streaming site TVCatchup is headed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). This comes after the UK Court of Appeal referred the case, which hinges on the legality of TVCatchup’s business model, to the court after again questioning whether websites should provide real-time channel streaming. […]

Mediaset lifted by Spanish recovery

Mediaset’s Spanish unit lifted the media giant’s financials for 2014 against the background of continued challenges in the Italian market, according to Mediaset’s preliminary results. Mediaset posted net revenues of €3.41 billion for the full year, marginally down on the 2013 figure. Revenues in Italy fell from €2.59 billion to €2.48 billion, while sales in […]

CNN wins Russian licence

Russian media and communications regulator Roskomnadzor has granted Turner Broadcasting’s CNN channel a licence to broadcast in Russia. The move will allow Turner to relaunch the news channel in the Russian market, following its withdrawal at the end of last year. CNN had previously broadcast in Russia through satellite pay TV operator NTV+’s broadcast licence. […]

Ofcom introduces new regulation on BT broadband pricing

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom will, from April 1, oblige BT to maintain a sufficient margin between its wholesale and retail superfast broadband charges, in order to allow other providers profitably to match its prices.  According to Ofcom, BT will continue to be able to set its wholesale fibre prices, but not at a […]

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