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Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1B
Mergers & Acquisitions, Big Data, Analytics
Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1B
Apr 29 2016 6:30 AM

Rovi has finally executed on its long-rumored acquisition of TiVo, with the set-top box company that had a major hand in changing how consumers watch TV being purchased – along with a treasure trove of user data – for $1.1 billion.

Rovi, which primarily provides digital entertainment guides, will pay $10.70 per share, a 13.6% premium on TiVo’s price Thursday.

Verizon’s new equity stake in AwesomenessTV another step in escalating content arms race
Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Content Deals
Verizon’s new equity stake in AwesomenessTV another step in escalating content arms race
Apr 07 2016 8:00 AM

Getting the right content to attract Millennials and younger viewers to mobile video services is a crucial – and proving to be more difficult than carriers have expected – first step in growing a service.

Beamr acquires Vanguard Video; announced $15M funding round
Mergers & Acquisitions
Beamr acquires Vanguard Video; announced $15M funding round
Mar 29 2016 11:15 AM

Video optimization company Beamr is acquiring encoding specialist Vanguard Video, allowing Beamr to add HEVC and H.264 encoding technology to its repertoire.

The Tel Aviv-based company also announced a $15 million private funding round, led by Disruptive Growth, with participation from Marker and Innovation Endeavours.

Verizon’s deal for Volicon has a decidedly mobile flavor
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Mobile, OTT
Verizon’s deal for Volicon has a decidedly mobile flavor
Mar 16 2016 10:00 AM

Verizon is adding yet another piece to its Verizon Digital Media Services stack in an attempt to move up market in the Cloud TV space, announcing it had acquired broadcast monitoring and content archiving company Volicon. No terms for the deal were made public.

Warner Bros. adds depth to OTT content lineup, acquires DreamFever
Mergers & Acquisitions, Content, OTT
Warner Bros. adds depth to OTT content lineup, acquires DramaFever
Feb 23 2016 2:30 PM

The rush to collect content continues as Warner Bros. today announced it had acquired DramaFever, the niche SVOD player that streams content from Korea and other countries to audiences in more than 20 countries, including the United States.

The Time Warner subsidiary bought the seven-year-old company from Japan’s Softbank, which has owned it since acquiring it for a reported $100 million in 2014.

It’s been on the block since last year.

Verizon appears to be back in the market for Yahoo
Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Pay TV
Verizon doing an about face on desire to acquire Yahoo’s core business? Maybe
Feb 08 2016 5:00 AM

Verizon’s on-again, off-again love affair with Yahoo has apparently been reignited, with Lowell McAdam, the telco’s CEO, on Friday telling CNBC’s Mad Money that Verizon is, in fact, considering a bid for the beleaguered Internet portal.

"We have to understand the trends,” McAdam said. “At the right price, I think marrying up some of their assets with AOL and the leadership would be good.”

Time Warner covets a piece of Hulu, but wants current shows off the service
Mergers & Acquisitions, SVOD, Pay TV
Time Warner covets a piece of Hulu, but wants current shows off the service
Feb 01 2016 1:30 PM

Time Warner, which has been rumored since November to be interested in becoming the fourth owner of streaming video site Hulu, apparently is concerned that having current seasons of shows on the service is fueling cord cutting. It wants co-owners Comcast, 21st Century Fox and Disney to put an end to catch up viewing before it agrees to take a 25% stake in Hulu, which has ben valued at $4 billion, according to published reports.

Rumor mill: Is Apple looking for a Netflix connection?
Mergers & Acquisitions, apple, Netflix
Rumor mill: Is Apple looking for a Netflix connection?
Feb 01 2016 9:45 AM

Usually, July is the silly season where rumors are rampant because there’s just no news coming out of the tech world. But today, Netflix’s share price has popped more than 5% on rumors Apple may be interested in acquiring it. Has a new silly season started? Probably.

The source of the minor price run up was a Forbes article yesterday that’s been picked up and reshaped by a number of media outlets and, so, Boom!, a rumor with legs.

IBM grabs live video streamer specialist Ustream
Mergers & Acquisitions, Online Video, Live Streaming
IBM grabs live video streamer specialist Ustream
Jan 21 2016 9:45 AM

Like the Star Wars movie franchise, consolidation in the digital media space is continuing. This time, it’s IBM that has acquired a small startup looking for a good exit. Big Blue is gobbling up live streaming specialist Ustream, with plans to add the company to a new Cloud Video Services unit that will focus on enterprise. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but some sources report IBM paid about $130 million for the San Francisco-based start up.

Ericsson looks to get personal with FYI Television acquisition
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Search and Recommendation
Ericsson looks to get personal with FYI Television acquisition
Jan 19 2016 5:00 AM

Ericsson, which has acquired multiple new media companies over the past two years, has announced it plans to acquire entertainment metadata and rich media content supplier FYI Television, looking to leverage the company’s ability to help personalize content.

LatAM, Pay TV, Mergers & Acquisitions
Rumors have Telefónica eyeing AT&T’s LatAm pay-TV assets
Jan 18 2016 10:30 AM

Rumors from Madrid say Spanish telecom Telefónica is weighing whether AT&T’s pay-TV assets in Latin America (nee DirecTV pay-TV assets in Latin America) are worth making the $10 billion bid they’d likely draw.

Included in the package likely would be satellite and cable television services in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina among others.

NBCU reportedly in the hunt for UK commercial broadcaster iTV
EMEA, Mergers & Acquisitions
NBCU reportedly in the hunt to acquire UK commercial broadcaster iTV
Dec 21 2015 9:15 AM

Downton Abbey could have a new master is reports that NBCUniversal is on the trail of British commercial broadcaster iTV are true.

Shares of iTV are up on the speculation that comes after reports that the chiefs of the two broadcasters met recently.

The Daily Mail  reports that iTV could go for £11 ($16.38 billion)

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