July 2018

International News



Proposing to collect more than $322 million from broadcasters, cable, IPTV and satellite o p e r a t o r s , this year, FCC the US broadcast regulator has proposed a fee of 77 cents per subscriber for cable and IPTV operators, and 48 cents per subscriber for DTH.

The per-sub fee for cable and IPTV operators in 2017 was 96 cents vs. 38 cents for DTH.

The fee change is part of a multiyear effort by the FCC to establish parity between cable and satellite operator fee rates.


21st Century Fox has set July 10 as the date for a shareholder vote for sale of its assets to Disney.

Disney has offered an only share swap deal of $ 52.4 billion, while Comcast is offering a higher amount in cash.

Still, 21st Century Fox prefers the Disney offer. 79

SCaT speculates that after Disney's purchase of 21st Century, James Murdoch will take full control of the enlarged Disney, growing the Murdoch empire rather than reducing it.


On June 5, the UK government has cleared Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to buy Sky on the condition it sells Sky News. the new buyer must guarantee its independence and fund it for 10 years.

Fox is attempting to buy the 61% of Sky that it does not already own. But the Competition & Markets Authority is concerned that it would leave Murdoch with too much control over the UK media. Hence the clause for a compulsory sale of Sky News.

The UK also approved 21st Century Fox's offer to sell to either Disney or Comcast. This could spur a bidding war.

The conditions were declared by the culture secretary, Matt Hancock, in the House of Commons.


Discovery is shutting its London base from where manages broadcast of more than 100 TV channels across Europe.

Observers link the move to the UK exiting Brexit. Pre-Brexit agreements enabled a UK based broadcaster to operate anywhere in the EU. Post Brexit, a new agreement will have to be worked out, failing which most other European broadcasters will also have to move their European base outside the UK, into a EU territory.

Discovery is reportedly considering Amsterdam, where businesses including Netflix have their European headquarters, and Warsaw. Poland is the home base of the Discovery executive, Kasia Kieli, who was promoted to become the broadcaster's head of Europe in November, and after Discovery's $12bn takeover of rival Scripps has become home to one of its largest workforces and bases in Europe.


The European Commission has once again approved (with conditions), the acquisition of Ziggo by Liberty Global. The merger was first approved in 2014 but was annulled due to an objection by the General Court in 2017.

Ziggo and Liberty Global are separate cable TV operators providing Cable TV & wired broadband in nonoverlapping areas of the Netherlands.

To obtain the court's approval, Liberty Global undertook the following:

1. Sold its Film-1 channel to Sony.

2. Terminated clauses in channel carriage agreements that limit broadcasters' ability to offer their channels and content over the Internet.

3. Exclude such clauses in future channel carriage agreements for 8 years

4. Maintain adequate interconnection capacity through at least 3 uncongested routes into its Internet network in the Netherlands, helping to ensure sufficient capacity for competing OTT services, for the next 8 years.


According to Fox CEO James Murdoch, only 40% of Hulu subscribers are willing to pay $11.99 per month to cut down on ads popping up during streams. Fox along with NBCUniversal, Disney and Time Warner, is a part owner of Hulu.

60% of Hulu subscribers prefer the less expensive, ad-supported tier.

Earlier this month, Hulu revealed that it now has more than 20 million subscribers, but there was no mention how many of its subscribers are opting for the $40-per-month live- TV service.

Hulu also said that 78% of its viewing, takes place in the living room on connected TVs.


The French government has announced that France- 4 channel currently available on DTT will be shut down on linear TV and operated only as an OTT service. No transition date has been specified.

In the UK, the BBC has also taken a similar decision to move its BBC-3 channel online only.


Comcast, USA's largest MSO has added 42 international channels to its Xfinity pay TV platform & Stream TV app. Xfinity STBs are voice activated.

X1 customers can receive Indian content from Sony Entertainment Television (SET) HD, Star Plus HD, Zee TV HD, Star Bharat, Star Gold, Star Vijay, NDTV 24X7 and NDTV Good Times.

Additionally, consumers can stream and play on OTT platform Eros Now through the Xfinity Stream TV app.

The channels from India apart from Star Vijay are available at a price of $34.99 with TV Aisa HD added in it which is named as Hindi 8 pack. The Hindi 10 pack includes Hindi 8 pack plus Eros Now(Indian OTT) and Willow HD(USA sports channel) which is priced at $49.99 (₹ 3,350 per month). n