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August 2018


International News

 

DOJ QUESTIONS AT&T-TIME MERGER

O n e month after a federal j u d g e approved AT & T ' s merger with Time Warner, ruling that the Justice Department's antitrust suit had failed to make its case against the merger, the DoJ (Department of Justice) has appealed the ruling.

Shortly thereafter, Comcast withdrew its bid for Disney, fearing that the US regulator may not approve Comcast's offer.



COMCAST DROPS BID FOR FOX

In an abrupt announcement, C o m c a s t declared that it is no l o n g e r bidding for 21st Century Fox.

Disney will now acquire 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion.

"Comcast does not intend to pursue further the acquisition of the Twenty-First Century Fox assets and, instead, will focus on our recommended offer for Sky," the company said in a statement.

Some speculate that the DoJ reopening the AT&T's $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner-Time, was a crucial development in the matter.

Recently, following the $32.5 billion offer from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox for Sky DTH, Comcast also increased its offer valuing Sky at $34 billion. Sky DTH will provide Comcast a much-needed foothold in the European Pay TV market.


185M EUROPEAN PAY-TV SUBS

Europe now has 185 million Pay TV subscribers (Q-1 2018). The number grew only by 0.3% compared to Q4 2017. This is the lowest net add ever observed by Dataxis.

The market shares for different platforms is:

 CATV: 35%

 DTH: 31%

 IPTV: 28%

 OTT + DTT: <3%

CATV has almost 65 million subs, including 42 million for only digital cable. Liberty Global/ Vodafone accounts for 31% of the subscribers.

DTH lost 400K subs compared to the earlier quarter. Dataxis estimates that Sky Group and Tricolor (Russia), which together hold 50% of the market, have lost 140K & 80K subs respectively.

IPTV added 1 million subs (+2,0%). Orange (France) and Rostelecom (Russia), account for 10% and 13% of the IPTV subs.

DTT lost 0.35% of its subscribers, despite the launch of Freenet in Germany in 2017, which accounts for 18% of the DTT subscribers and gained 47000 customers during the last quarter.

OTT grew significantly. Play Now (Poland) holds 25% of the total OTT subscribers.


FREE AFRICAN DTH BY CHINA

Rural African villages will soon receive Free DTH, thanks to a satellite by China.

In 2015, the Chinese government launched an initiative to provide DTH to "10,000 African villages".

While there is still some work left, the project had commenced partial operation in mid July & will be completed by end 2018.

Viewers will have access to sporting events around the world, including exclusive coverage of the German football league Bundesliga, Italian league Serie A, popular children's channels, news channels, music channels, several education channels, as well as several movie and entertainment channels.

"Each village school / public area will get 2 Projection TVs, one 32 inch Digital TV set and 20 DTH decoders and satellite dishes.



CBS-VIACOM MERGER FIGHT

In 2005, S u m n e r Redstone the owner of CBS & Viacom split the 2 into separate companies.

Now, broadcaster CBS has offered $12 billion to re-merge with film-and-cable conglomerate Viacom.

However, Viacom wants an additional $2.8 billion and more executive involvement at the recombined company.

Shari Redstone, whose National Amusements owns both CBS and Viacom and who has taken over her father's reins wants the 2 companies re-merged ASAP so she can sell the combined entity to a bigger buyer like Verizon or Amazon.

Shari Redstone and CBS fighting each other in a court in Delaware.


COMCAST RENTS STB & REMOTE SEPARATELY

The June Cable invoice for Comcast consumers in the USA had a new entry.

The world's largest MSO now includes a monthly charge of $2.50 for leasing a Set Top Box and $0.18 for the remote.


NETFLIX CHALLENGES FOX'S CONTRACTS

A California court has allowed Netflix to challenge Fox's employment contracts.

The conflict began in 2016. Two Fox executives left and joined Netflix.

Fox sued Netflix, blaming it for illegally poaching 2 employees, encouraging them to break employment contracts.

Netflix said the contracts were unenforceable & Fox was compelling employees to stay against their will, with unlawful & restrictive clauses and selectively determining which employees are allowed to terminate those contracts early.


COLORS TAMIL HD IN S'PORE

Viacom18 has launched Colors Tamil HD in Singapore, on StarHub. Other Colors & MTV channels are already available in the region.


SONY PICS: MARKETING REORG

In a bid to streamline its movie marketing and distribution, more than 25 personnel have been sacked at Sony Pictures Entertainment. This is part of Chairman-CEO Tony Vinciquerra's promise streamline and reorganize operations, when he assumed charge a year ago.

In a memo to staffers, Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said, "We are streamlining some of our more traditional marketing operations and consolidating various international and domestic groups into single global teams. These moves have resulted in the elimination of positions in our research and strategy, publicity, media, operations, consumer and distribution groups."

Recently, Sony also sacked many staff from its international TV operations.


TIMES NOW EXITS SKY

Times Now has abruptly been removed from the Sky EPG.

The channel, which has struggled in the UK market, is no longer broadcasting on Sky DTH.


3 NEPALI CHANNELS ON MEASAT

MEASAT @ 91.5 degrees East has added 3 Nepali channels - News24, Sagarmatha TV & Prime TV.

 News24 is a new, Nepali news channels.

 & Sagarmatha TV aims to provide info on events happening in Nepal and to display Nepalese culture to the multinational communities in America and around the world.

 Prime TV provides entertainment, infotainment, news and views. n