UK government refers Sky takeover to regulators

The UK government has formally referred 21st Century Fox’s planned £11.7 billion takeover of the 61% it does not already own of Sky to regulators. Speaking in the House of Commons this morning, culture secretary Karen Bradley said that it was “wholly appropriate” to seek comprehensive advice from broadcast regulator Ofcom on public interest considerations, […]

‘Quintuple-play’ growth drive Portuguese multi-play market

The number of multi-play packages taken by Portuguese consumers reached 3.1 million at the end of June, up 2.6% on the previous quarter and 12.7% year-on-year, with take up of ‘quintuple-play’ packages growing fastest, according to local regulator Anacom. According to the regulator’s calculations, the number of quintuple play packages – defined as packages including fixed […]

Telefónica could abandon Canal+ acquisition over content restrictions

Telefónica could abort its acquisition of pay TV service Canal+ if the country’s competition regulator forces it to sell its content packages to third-party operators at regulated prices, according to Spanish press reports. According to a Europa Press report, citing sources familiar with the process, the telco has set out red lines that could trigger […]

Eurosport withdrawal casts doubt on future of French pay DTT

French media regulator the CSA is expected to respond in the next few days to commercial broadcaster TF1’s request to give up the terrestrial frequency occupied by Eurosport France ahead of completion of its sale to Discovery, reducing the troubled French digital-terrestrial pay TV offering still further.  Discovery currently owns 20% of Eurosport France alongside […]

Liberty-Ziggo deal to be reviewed by EU regulator

European antitrust watchdog the European Commission will reportedly review Liberty Global’s agreed takeover of Dutch cable operator Ziggo. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the regulator has been formally notified of the deal and has until April 23 to either approve it or launch a more detailed investigation. The European Commission can also choose […]

Ofcom to audit quality of subtitles

UK regulator Ofcom is to begin a regular audit of the quality of TV broadcasters’ subtitles from next year, to help improve the service for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. Under new measures introduced today, broadcasters will be required to measure the quality of their subtitling on live TV programmes every six months, for two years. […]