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Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
APAC, Mobile, OTT
Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
Aug 18 2016 7:15 AM

Singtel is expanding its mobile reach in Thailand and India, raising its stakes in Thailand’s largest mobile operator AIS and Indian integrated telecom Bharti Airtel with a $1.84 billion cash purchase of investment company Temasek's 21% share of Intouch Holdings.

Intouch controls 7.4% percent of Bharti Telecom, the holding company for Airtel, and is the largest shareholder in AIS.

Altice wraps Cablevision takeover; plans more moves after 2016 integration
Mergers & Acquisitions, Operators
Altice wraps Cablevision takeover; plans more moves after 2016 integration
Jun 21 2016 6:45 AM

European telecoms group Altice has wrapped up its $10B acquisition of Cablevision, which it now will merge with Suddenlink to create the fourth largest broadband provider in the United States. Altice paid $9.1 billion for a controlling stake in Suddenlink before it made the offer for Cablevision.

The new Cablevision will have 4.6 million customers in 20 states.

Mergers & Acquisitions, SVOD, OTT
Vimeo buys VHX as it looks to dip into SVOD services
May 02 2016 8:15 AM

Online video platform Vimeo will acquire white-label online-video platform VHX, helping Vimeo develop subscription VOD channels for its customers that include individuals, indie creators, brands and media companies. Terms of the deal were not shared.

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.

Verizon closes $10.5B sale of assets to Frontier, including FiOS video, broadband subs
Operators, Pay TV, Broadband
Verizon closes $10.5B sale of assets to Frontier, including FiOS video, broadband subs
Apr 01 2016 11:30 AM

Verizon has wrapped up its $10.5 billion deal with Frontier Communications, closing on the sale of Verizon's local wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas.

The deal helps Verizon shed some debt from the AWS-3 FCC spectrum auction early last year.

Included in the deal: Some 2.1 million broadband connections, 1.2 FiOS TV subscribers and about 3.3 million voice connections. Verizon also walks away from its local ILEC businesses.

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Dressed for Success: Videoplaza Is Now Officially Ooyala
Aug 25 2015 10:45 AM
A year ago this month, Ooyala proudly became part of Telstra, one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies and IT service providers.
Videomind Audio Podcast
Cloud TV, Commentary, Ooyala News, Podcasts
Videomind podcast: Top TV & media headlines, May 08
May 08 2015 12:30 PM

In today's Videomind audio podcast, Hack and Flack discuss some of this week's top TV and media news, including the continued breakdown of big industry M&A discussions - this week Charter and Bright Housenew consumer data on consumer cord cutting preferences from Reuter

AOL adds another tile to its video stack with Vidible acquisition
Mergers & Acquisitions, Online Video, OTT
AOL adds another tile to its video stack with Vidible acquisition
Dec 02 2014 4:30 AM

Cross-screen video management and exchange platform Vidible has been acquired by AOL. Terms of the deal were not made public, but most estimates put the price near $50 million, not bad for a two-year-old startup.

Vidible gives publishers and creators video content management tools that include real-time reporting and – primarily -- helps them to sell their content to other websites.