* Accenture PLC agreed to buy Symantec's cybersecurity services business from Broadcom Inc. for an undisclosed amount.
* British independent TV company All3Media Ltd. is to pursue an acquisition of German production company Red Arrow StudiosRed Arrow Studios, after the latter's owner ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE halted the sale process in 2019, TBI Vision reports. All3Media is valued at around €325 million.
* Kino Polska TV Spolka Akcyjna is eyeing a movie content production tie-up with U.S. streaming provider Netflix, Broadband TV News reports, citing CEO Boguslaw Kisielewski's statement to Wirtualne Media.
* Facebook Inc. updated its policy against "deepfakes" and "manipulated media" to remove edited or synthesized media that is beyond adjustments for clarity or quality, according to an official blog post. The policy does not apply to parody or satire content.
* The U.S. and France set a 15-day period to settle a dispute over digital tax, according to French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Reuters reports.
* Eleven Sports Network Ltd. secured exclusive rights in Poland and Portugal to air live coverage of the Spanish Super Cup, which will take place from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12.
* The Satcoms Innovation Group, an innovation forum for the satellite communication industry, named Helen Weedon managing director. Weedon is replacing Martin Coleman, who will sit on the organization's advisory board.
* British Broadcasting Corp. division BBC Global News Ltd. appointed Sibel Boner head of commercial partnerships for Germany, Austria, and central and eastern Europe, Broadband TV News reports. Boner previously was managing director of German publisher Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG.
UK AND IRELAND
* Barney Francis will step down as CEO of Sky Ltd.'s Future Sport later in 2020, the British pay TV company announced on Twitter.
* The Smithsonian Channel will be moved up to slot 57 from 99 on the Freeview Uk Ltd.'s program guide effective immediately, Deadline reports. The channel will also launch on Channel 5 (UK)'s My5 streaming service in the coming weeks.
* Liberty Global PLC unit Virgin Media is offering more than a million subscribers a free upgrade to its M100 broadband offering, which will have an average speed of 108 Mbps.
* Private equity firm NorthEdge Capital LLP made a "multi-million pound investment" in Wilmslow, U.K.-based software-as-a-service provider CMAP Software Ltd., according to a statement. CMAP offers a cloud-based project management and tracking platform for a range of sectors.
GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA
* Streaming platform Netflix hired Shoshannah Peter as head of PR for its Berlin offices, reports Werben und Verkaufen. Peter joins from competitor Sky.
* German media group Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH's free and pay-TV channels will receive access to Reuters' services as part of an agreement between the companies.
* Professional services company Accenture is acquiring maihiro GmbH for an undisclosed amount, reports New Business. The German company has 200 staff and specializes in customer relationship management, customer experience and e-commerce.
* Delphine Ernotte, whose five-year term ends in August, wishes to remain as CEO of France Télévisions SA until 2022, Les Échos reports. Ernotte wants to oversee the transition to newly created public media holding France Médias Monde SA.
* Over-the-top and Internet protocol television software provider Anevia SA received a major new order from Argentina's largest telecoms operator for over $3 million, Boursier.com reports.
* Financial software developer Kyriba SARL aims to quadruple in size over the next four years, Le Figaro reports, citing company founder and CEO Jean-Luc Robert. Kyriba is currently valued at over €1 billion.
NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG
* Orange Belgium SA's board approved the appointment of Christophe Dujardin as chief consumer officer, starting Feb. 1.
* Mobile virtual network operator Robin Mobile Nederland BV will be renamed Budget Mobile by the end of January. Nuts Groep BV, which acquired Robin Mobile last year, also owns the brand Budget Thuis, a package for fixed internet, fixed telephony and television.
* The Swedish police investigation into possible corruption in Ericsson's business dealings is focusing on China and Djibouti, Dagens Industri reports. Ericsson is suspected of paying large bribes, with instances in China and Djibouti reported separately to the police.
* Modern Times Group Mtg AB said its portfolio companies ESL and DreamHack AB entered a three-year strategic agreement with Blizzard Entertainment Inc. ESL and DreamHack are to create esports formats for the games "StarCraft II" and "Warcraft III: Reforged."
* Egmont AS expanded its podcast universe Talk Town to include special content aimed at children. The podcasts will include information about animals, science, short stories and meditation for children.
* Egmont Publishing A/S acquired a 25% stake in Norwegian digital marketing agency MarkedsPartner.
* Danish TV and internet provider Waoo A/S pulled the plug on analog TV channels, Berlingske Business reports. Denmark switched to digital transmissions 10 years ago, but Waoo continued to transmit analog signals to give customers plenty of time to get new equipment.
* Italian broadcaster Mediaset SpA struck a deal with Endemol Shine International to acquire rights to Spanish period drama series "Cathedral of the Sea." Endemol Shine Iberia's Diagonal Televisión produced the series for Atresmedia Televisión, Televisió de Catalunya and Netflix Inc.
* Portuguese cable TV operator Nowo Communications SA rolled out an Advanced TV service that can be accessed on Android-powered devices through a dedicated app, Telecompaper reports, citing Pplware.
* Telecom Italia SpA secured a €26.1 million deal to supply certain services for the Piazza Wi-Fi Italia program, which is led by Italy's Ministry of Economic Development and state infrastructure operator Infratel SpA.
* Poland's Play Communications SA plans to launch a 5G network in the city of Gdynia, pending a green light from telecom watchdog Urząd Komunikacji Elektronicznej, Reuters reports, citing CEO Jean-Marc Harion. The mobile operator will use equipment from China's Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. for the 5G network.
* Orange Polska SA is planning to test a drone management system over its 5G network in Warsaw, in partnership with Ericsson and state research agency the Institute of Communications, Telecompaper reports.
* Slovakia's ANTIK Telecom sro launched a fully localized version of the Love Nature channel on its linear and on-demand platforms, as part of a deal with Canadian media company Blue Ant Media Inc.
* The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina approved the appointment of new acting members on BH Telecom's management board, Telecompaper reports, citing Biznisinfo. Sedin Kahriman was named director general.
5G Focus: Huawei's Polish deals; Polkomtel's rollout; AT&T's expansion: 5G Focus is a weekly global feature including notable 5G trials, launches, use cases and major equipment supply contracts. It also features in-depth analysis of strategies, expansion plans, business models and other related initiatives.
Data Dispatch EMEA: UK cord-cutting spike impacts pay TV's premium bundles: Increased competition from streamers and demand for subscription video hit high-end pay TV providers the hardest in 2019.
Economics of Internet: State of Polish OTT video: Subscription: Subscriptions from online video services in Poland grew by 90% year over year, reaching 2.5 million in 2018.
Economics of Internet: Profile: Play Now TV (Poland): In April 2019, Polish mobile provider Play launched an online video service called Play Now TV.
Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek and Esben Svendsen contributed to this report.
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