'Deal mania' strikes UK media market as BSkyB, others look to grow

July 25, 2014
It’s not just the US that has been experiencing TV operator consolidation fever recently. Today news broke that BSkyB will take control of its continental cousins Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. BSkyB is only 39% owned by Rupert Murdoch’s company 21st Century Fox, in comparison to Sky Italia (100% Fox owned) and Sky Deutschland (57% Fox owned).

TWC adds SEC Network; will DirecTV, Charter pay a price for saying 'no'?

July 25, 2014
And then, there were two. DirecTV (Nasdaq:DTV) and Charter (Nasdaq:CHTR) remain the only major pay-TV providers in the United States that haven’t signed a deal with SEC Network after Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks announced their deals this week. The SEC Network, which operates in conjunction with ESPN, now has a potential market of about 60 million homes in the U.S.

BSkyB pays $7.2 billion for Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland

July 25, 2014
How 21st Century Fox (Nasdaq:FOXA) is planning to use the $7.2 billion it will be adding to its coffers a

Liberty Global willing to shed Film 1 to acquire Ziggo in the Netherlands

July 24, 2014
Could Dutch cableco Ziggo be headed for a date with U.S. cable giant Liberty Global? The deal may have taken a big step forward Thursday when Liberty Global told EU antitrust regulators that it was willing to sell Film 1, a pay-TV channel, as part of a deal that would speed approval. Reuters reported the offer, citing an unnamed source. John Malone’s cable company isn’t holding back in its bid to acquire the rival. Reuters said Liberty Global also offered to guarantee it wouldn’t block any over-the-top providers from using its network, at least not for the next four years.

Brightcove cuts Q2 loss, restates full year guidance on customer loss

July 24, 2014
Online video platform Brightcove today reported earnings per share and revenue that topped Wall Street estimates. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company had a loss of 4 cents per share, 7 cents better than analysts had expected, despite seeing losses that increased to $1.4 million from $1.1 million a year ago. Revenues were $31 million, $770,000 better than analysts forecast, and up $26.9 million, or 15%, Y/Y.