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* is backing off fromits original stake swap deal with Mediaset SpA, pushing for only a 20% share in Mediasetunit Mediaset Premium instead of a full takeover, Vivendi said in a news release.Vivendi wants to acquire about 15% of Mediaset within the next three years viaa convertible bond, Mediaset said in a separate .

*The European Commission said that it accepted commitments offered by 's to addressantitrust concerns about the latter's film licensing contracts with British payTV giant Sky plc.Viacom and Paramount made no admission of liability, The Hollywood Reporter reports.


* unit Ticketmaster acquired sports ticketing provider Tickethour Group foran undisclosed sum. Ticketmaster said that the deal will expand its presence to 25countries across Europe and the Middle East.The Tickethour team will continue to operate in Norway, theNetherlands, the U.K., Cyprus,Greece and Belgium.


* SkyChief Executive Jeremy Darroch saidthat Ofcom's proposals for an overhaul of British Telecom's infrastructure unit Openreach was astep in the right direction, but falls short of the required changes in thebroadband sector. Darroch said the regulator's decision to leave Openreach'sbudget within BT control would raise "significant questions" aboutthe future of Britain's fiber investment.

*BBC Worldwide Ltd. namedSalim Mukaddam general manager and vice president for central and . Mukaddam previously led the unit'sradio sales business BBC Radio International.

*Virgin Media Inc.appointed David Twallin head of programming, as part of a push into producingoriginal and exclusive programs. Twallin joins the unit from BritishTelecom, where he was head of channels for BT TV, TBI Vision reports.

*Flipkart Group-owned fashion e-commerce company Myntra announcedits acquisition of the Indian fashion and lifestyle shopping portal Jabong fromU.K.-based Global Fashion Group, giving them a combined consumer base of 15million monthly active users. Both platforms will exclusively sell brandsincluding Dorothy Perkins, Lacoste, Swarovski, Forever 21, G Star Raw andTopshop.

*British police in Manchester created an internet parcel handover zone, wherecustomers using eBayInc. and other e-shopping platforms can get their goods safelywithout giving out their home address. The program is part of efforts to detercrime and protect consumers from internet fraud, The Times (London) reports.


*ProSiebenSat.1 MediaSE's Austrian commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Puls 4 willofficially launch news format 4News on Sept. 22, Der Standard reports.Content will be broadcast on Puls 4 and across the channel's app products.

*Following the launch of football magazine FußballBild, Axel SpringerSE unveiled plans to publish BikeBild quarterly, accordingto Meedia. Bike Bild caters to bicycle enthusiasts.

*Ingo Kiedaisch will take over as CEO of Berlin-based multilingual onlineTV-Channel doppio.TV, effective immediately, DWDL reports.Kiedaisch succeeds Olaf Zachert, who left the company to seek new opportunities.

* reportedrevenues of €20.08 billion, operating income of €2.14 billion and net income of€3.32 billion for the first half of 2016. The company said its strongcommercial performance in the second quarter was driven by investment in veryhigh-speed broadband.

*TF1 Group unveileda partnership with Wibbitz, a company which produces video based on textcontent in seconds. The private national French TV channel is launching a newdigital news platform and will leverage Wibbitz's text-to-video solution tosignificantly extend its video inventory.

*France TélévisionsSA's board of directors approved its objectives for 2016-2020,including a plan to develop and launch a digital public information system, accordingto Les Echos. The French publicbroadcaster hopes to collaborate with other European public broadcasters tooffer a joint SVOD offering.

*France's telecom regulator ARCEP orderedOrange to comply with its obligations to provide access to its civilengineering infrastructure for the business market. ARCEP ruled that the Orange'sretail branch did not use the same order processes and interfaces asalternative operators and must provide access and information or face fines.


*Vodafone Nederlandwill add FOX Sports 1 and History Channel to its basic package from Aug. 1, andincrease the monthly package price by between €1.5 and €15 from Sept. 1,Tweakers reports.Vodafone also introduces a new sports subscription including six different FOXchannels featuring Dutch football, foreign football leagues, tennis, andAmerican sports leagues, which costs €12.5 per month.

*Subscribers to Videoland, a Dutch streaming platform for series and films, arecurrently using the service for one hour per day on average, a 40% increasecompared to last year, De Telegraaf reports.According to Videoland, the increased average usage is the result of thegrowing amount of own productions.

*Dutch startup eLinea, an online provider of newspaper and magazine content,filed for bankruptcy, De Tijd reports.The service offered unlimited access to content for €9.99 per month, a pricewhich reportedly kept publishers from offering their titles through theplatform.

*Amsterdam-basedMedialab launched new iOS and Android applications for professional sharing oflarge media files, Emerce reports.Files of any type and size can be now be shared on web and app using theplatform, which also provides the option to purchase cloud storage capacity.


* partnered withAsia Mobile Holdings Pte.Ltd.'s telco unit StarHub Ltd. to run a trial in Singapore for a datapipeline using carrier aggregation technology, enabling StarHub's 4G network toachieve theoretical peak upload speeds of up to 150 Mbps. The technology willbe introduced commercially by the end of 2016 in the Marina Bay and Orchardareas of the city-state, with nationwide deployment in 2017, accordingto a news release.

*The next Ericsson ABGroup CEO would preferably be an outsider with no connection to the company, Dagens Industri reports,citing business and industry insiders. There is a growing opinion thatEricsson's next CEO, to replace Hans Vestberg, should ideally not be , according to the report.

*Spotify Ltd. recentlyexceeded the 30 million paying subscribers worldwide, but in Sweden, thestreaming company's home market, growth has almost completely halted, DIDigital reports.The near stalling in subscriber-based growth in Sweden is reflected inSpotify's latest financial statements.

*Stampen AB, which filed for financial reconstruction in May, still hasunresolved issues with creditors, including its biggest creditor the SwedishTax Office, Göteborgs Posten reports.The Tax Office  reportedly wants moredetailed data regarding the Swedish publisher's assets and its search to findnew investors.


*The shareholders of Spanish cableoperator Euskaltel SAapproved the re-election of Executive Chairman Alberto Garcia Erauzkin, as wellas the appointment of new CEO Francisco Arteche, Digital TV Europe reports.During the general shareholders meeting, the appointments of ElisabettaCastiglioni and Miguel Ángel Lujua as independent board members and AlicianVivanco as board member, as well as the reelection of José Ángel Corres as vicechairman were also approved.

*Rakuten Inc.'sSpanish over-the-top platform will launch a new iOS app, featuring apay-per view option for users on the go, among other updates, Rapid TV News reports.The move comes as aims to drive more usage via mobile devices.


* BiteGroup owner Providence Equity Partners, via mobile operator Bite Latvia, willacquire a 28.5% stake in Latvian cable operator Baltcom for €3.5 million,Telecompaper reports.Rpax One, Baltcom's sole shareholder, will become a partner of PEP, accordingto the report.

*Mobile TeleSystemsPJSC could face a fine worth up to 500,000 Russian rubles forallegedly using rival MegaFon's color identity in its starter packages,Telecompaper reports,citing Russian competitionwatchdog FAS reportedly said MTS breached competition laws with the incident.

*Polish public broadcaster will expand itsvideo-on-demand library with content from the BBC by the first quarter of 2017,Broadband TV News reports,citing Wirtualne Media. Both broadcasters are still under talks regarding thecontent lineup, according to the report.


TheDaily Dose Asia-Pacific: Amazon Prime arrives in India; China's LeEco buysVizio for $2B: Amazon rolled out its Prime membership program inover 100 cities across India, while Chinese tech firm LeEco made a $2 billiondeal to acquire U.S.-based consumer electronics manufacturer Vizio.

Q&A:MobiTV CEO: The time to switch to IPTV is now: MobiTV wants to helpcable operators move beyond the set-top box with a new IP video deliverysolution. Charlie Nooney, CEO of MobiTV, discussed the offering and how it fitsin with the FCC's current set-top box proposal.

Data Dispatch:Mid-Atlantic bank app users all about omnichannel: Technology hasincreasingly transformed banking into an omnichannel activity, conducted onmobile apps and inside branches. S&P Global Market Intelligence's 2016Mobile Money survey shows this is particularly true in the mid-Atlantic.

The ProgramGuide: 'The Walking Dead' season 7 gets premiere date; Starz ending 'BlackSails' after season 4: S&P Global Market Intelligence presentsa roundup of recent programming announcements from various networks and onlinevideo platforms, including the premiere of the seventh season of AMC's"The Walking Dead" on Oct. 23 and the season four premiere of"Drunk History" on Sept. 27 on Comedy Central.

Data Dispatch:Chart Watch: Outerwall gets its exit: SNL Kagan takes a look atOuterwall's financials to highlight the company's recent history as it preparesto go private.

Outerwallstrikes gold for shareholders with $1.6B Apollo deal, analysts say:Outerwall's planned sale to Apollo Global Management affiliates is a good dealfor shareholders of the Redbox parent company, but its value for the privateequity buyer is less apparent, analysts said.

Ofcom'sfailure to split BT, Openreach met with criticism in UK: Newproposals by U.K. watchdog Ofcom to regulate the relationship between BritishTelecom and its broadband network Openreach stopped short of splitting the twoentities.


Broadcast Investor:Broadcasters raise $8.6B in new debt in H1'16, leverage ticks up for TV anddiversified media, declines for radio: Amid a decline in politicalad dollars and rising debt balances, the ratio of average net debt andpreferred to last-12-months recurring EBITDA deteriorated for six TV pure-playsand nine diversified media companies, with average leverage multiple upticks of24.8% and 14.5%, respectively as of the first quarter.

Multichannel Trends:Regulatory tumult shifts but does not transform U.S. cable set-topforecast: The outlook for U.S. cable set-top boxes has never facedgreater disruption, yet the expectation for rapid change remains relativelymoderate.

Economics of Internet:Verizon faces uphill climb against Google, Facebook: Verizon'soffer for Yahoo would make the telecom giant the clear No. 3 player in the ad market, but gaining ground on Google and Facebook could provedifficult.


Twittershares plummet after Q2 revenue miss, weak Q3 guidance: Twitter'sstock tumbled more than 10% in after-hours trading July 26 after the companyfailed to meet Street estimates for the second-quarter revenue and providedlower-than-expected guidance for the third quarter.

Apple fiscalQ3 declines better than expected as executives shift focus away fromiPhone: Much of the positive commentary on Apple's earnings callfocused on services and other Apple products as iPhone sales soften.

Strike stingsVerizon's earnings: Verizon's earnings dropped in the secondquarter, partly due to a seven-week strike by its wireline workers.

Amanda Kelly,Anne Freier, Koen Pijnappels and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report. TheDaily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external linksmay require a subscription.