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KPN wins appeal contesting EU analysis of Ziggo-UPC mergerOctober 31, 2017KPN has won an appeal at the EU general court relating to the European Commission’s (EC) approval of the 2014 acquisition by Liberty Global’s UPC of Ziggo. The appeal was granted on the basis that the European Commission had failed to analyse the market for sports rights and the impact of the merger on the pay TV sports market.Subscribers Only
Verimatrix acquires Mirimon technology and teamJune 27, 2017Content security firm Verimatrix has acquired Genius Digital’s Mirimon engineering team, technology, and associated IP. The Mirimon stack comprises a set of technologies that allow service providers to harvest data from a range of end-user devices, and from operator-managed consumer premises equipment (CPE) in particular. Verimatrix’s Verspective analytics proposition will integrate the technology. The acquisition’s value is unknown. However, given that Genius Digital generated turnover of roughly USD 1.5m in 2015, IHS Markit believes that the deal was modest in size.Subscribers Only
AT&T and Quickplay - as much about OTT as it is about hedging, diversification, and tech captureMay 25, 2016AT&T is set to acquire OTT solutions and managed-media- services provider Quickplay Media. Although the terms of the deal are unknown, the sale almost certainly surpasses USD 100m in value; private equity group Madison Dearborn Partners purchased a majority stake in Quickplay in Q3 2012 for roughly USD 100m.Subscribers Only
Rovi acquires TiVoMay 04, 2016The heavens have aligned for two of the media-and-entertainment industry’s technology giants. Analytics, program guide and IP-licensing kingpin Rovi will acquire OTT software, UI pioneer and DVR progenitor TiVo. Valued at roughly USD 1.1 billion, the deal remains subject to closing conditions, is expected to conclude by the end of the third quarter, 2016, and will usher in the disappearance of the Rovi brand entirely.Subscribers Only
IBM acquires ClearleapDecember 16, 2015IBM has agreed to acquire Clearleap, a US based company who provides over-the-top (OTT) video solutions to the media sector. Clearleap’s OTT stack and SaaS solutions will be integrated into the IBM Cloud platform, and collectively, the combined portfolio will be positioned to help media companies reduce the complexity and expense of delivering digital content. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.Subscribers Only
Sony brings the PlayStation TV to Europe and North AmericaJune 26, 2014Under the guise of a new name – PlayStation TV – Sony will launch its PS Vita TV micro-console and digital media adapter (DMA) in Europe and North America during 2014.Subscribers Only
Roku launches Roku TVJanuary 09, 2014Roku is set to release its first Smart TV sets, in partnership with Chinese TV set manufacturers TCL and Hisense. The Roku TV represents the tight marriage of display hardware, and a natively-integrated, 3rd...
Verizon acquires EdgeCastDecember 13, 2013Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS), the managed service arm of US Telco Verizon, has acquired content delivery network (CDN) provider EdgeCast for $350 million. EdgeCast provides accelerated content...
Apple acquires Matcha.tvAugust 19, 2013Apple has acquired content discovery, search, and recommendation platform Matcha.tv. Positioned primarily as an iOS application, Matcha.tv allows users to search for content across of range of online video...
TWC TV comes to XboxJuly 02, 2013US operator Time Warner Cable is porting its IP-video, TWC TV branded service to Microsoft's Xbox 360 platform. Offered at no additional cost to Time Warner Cable digital TV subscribers, TWC TV will bring a...Subscribers Only
Kit Digital to file for Chapter 11April 24, 2013Video solutions provider and systems integrator Kit Digital will file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Under Chapter 11, Kit's corporate reorganization will be backed by the firm's three largest shareholders...
Smart TV developments at CESJanuary 15, 2013CES 2013 has ushered in a wealth of smart-TV-related announcements, most notably from The Smart TV Alliance and Roku. The Alliance - founded by LG, TP Vision and Toshiba, in the hopes of developing a single,...
TWC launches on RokuJanuary 15, 2013On the heels of a 2012 push to bolster its multiscreen strategy, Time Warner Cableis porting TWC TV to the Roku platform. Complementing existing services on iOS, Android, and PC devices, TWC TV will bring 300...
Cisco launches Videoscape Unity TVJanuary 11, 2013At CES 2013, Cisco announced the Videoscape Unity TV platform as a turnkey "TV Everywhere" solution. The announcement included a vast range of potential features available to would-be Cisco customers,...
TWC TV launches on RokuJanuary 09, 2013On the heels of a 2012 push to bolster its multiscreen strategy, Time Warner Cable is porting TWC TV to the Roku platform. Complementing existing services on iOS, Android, and PC devices, TWC TV will bring 300...
Verizon FiOS launches on LG Smart TVsDecember 05, 2012US telco Verizon is extending the FiOS television service to 2012-model LG connectable TV sets, and BP620-model LG Blu-ray players. Offering FiOS pay-TV subscribers access to 75 linear channels, the...
Comcast launches offline viewingNovember 23, 2012US MSO Comcast has enabled has enabled offline viewing on the Xfinity platform. Currently limited to content from four channel networks - Showtime, Starz, Encore and MoviePlex - offline viewing allows Xfinity...Subscribers Only
Comcast boosts multiscreen offering with wide availability of AnyPlayAugust 14, 2012Seven months after introducing AnyPlay in Nashville and Denver, Comcast has finally announced the wide rollout of its service enabling live TV streaming to a variety of devices in the home. Serving effectively...
thePlatform deploys with NBCUJune 19, 2012Multiscreen-video solutions provider thePlatform has deployed its mpx content management system (CMS) with NBCUniversal. Central to multiscreen IP-video services, the CMS is a critical part of any operator or...Subscribers Only
Xfinity launches on XboxApril 04, 2012In complement to its presence across iOS devices and the PC, Comcast Xfinity TV is now available on the Xbox 360 platform. Positioned largely as a catch-up service, the Xfinity application for Xbox...Subscribers Only