Verizon renews patent licence deal with Rovi

Verizon Communications has signed a multi-year patent licence renewal with Rovi that is due to run “into the next decade”. Announcing the deal, Rovi said that it now has eight of the top 10 US pay TV providers under license, with six of those having entered into new or renewal agreements in the last year […]

Report: Verizon to bid US$3bn for Yahoo

US mobile operator Verizon planned to submit a US$3 billion second-round bid for Yahoo’s core web assets ahead of yesterday’s deadline, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said that Verizon was expected to meet Monday’s deadline for second round of bids, with Yahoo expected to hold “at least one more” cycle of bidding, citing […]

Verizon buys AwesomenessTV stake

US telco Verizon has bought a quarter of AwesomenessTV in a deal valuing the multichannel network at US$650 million. The agreement, which is subject to approval, will leave DreamWorks Animation with 51% of the firm, and Verizon and Hearst Corp. both with 24.5%. Further to that, Verizon plans to create a premium, short-form mobile video […]

Verizon, Hearst create mobile video JV

US companies Verizon and Hearst are partnering to create a mobile content-focused joint venture. Verizon Hearst Media Partners will target millennial audiences, initially through two channels that will be distributed across Verizon’s Go90 and AOL platforms, and through third-party networks and licensors. is billed as a “multiplatform digital video channel for millennials from the […]

Verizon adds DVR streaming to Fios mobile app

Verizon is adding new features to its Fios Mobile App, allowing customers to stream DVR-recorded shows outside of the home, anywhere they have an internet connection. For the first time, viewers will also be able to watch every live TV channel in their plan through on their mobile device while at home. The new Fios […]

Huffington Post making original doc series with Thrones star

Publishing group The Huffington Post is making #PowerShift, a digital doc series fronted by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. The digital series will examine the power of social media and how young people are using it to effect positive change around the world. “Social media has amplified the voice for my generation around the […]

Discovery in deal with Verizon, outlines MENA ambitions

Discovery Communications is to begin supplying content to an upcoming mobile TV-focused OTT service from US telco Verizon. The deal is for both long- and short-form programming from Discovery’s bouquet of channels, the firm’s president and CEO, David Zaslav, revealed during an earnings call yesterday. “I’m pleased to announce an agreement with Verizon to bring […]

Verizon completes AOL acquisition

US telco Verizon has completed its acquisition of AOL for US$50 (€45) a share on cash.  Verizon’s tender offer expired at midnight New York Time on Monday, and the company completed the acquisition of the remaining eligible shares through a merger procedure under Delaware state law. The move means that AOL shares will no longer […]

TV Connect Awards winners line up at the Gherkin

Verizon’s director of product development Parissa Pandkhou, Swisscom, Sky Deutschland and Virgin Media were among those taking home the top prizes at last night’s TV Connect Awards ceremony, held in London’s iconic Gherkin building. Pandkhou was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry at the event. Swisscom secured the Best Multiscreen TV […]

ESPN files suit over Verizon packages

Sports channel ESPN has filed a law suit against US service provider Verizon Communications alleging breach of contract related to Verizon’s new slimmed-down pay TV packages of genre-specific channels. The sports broadcaster is the latest US programmer to allege a breach of existing agreements with Verizon, following complaints made by Fox and NBCUniversal. ESPN has […]