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Lions Gate buys Primal Media stake; Vodafone, Ziggo offer deal concessions

TOP NEWS

*Lions Gate EntertainmentCorp. said it bought a stake in production company Primal Media Ltd.for an undisclosed amount. Under the deal, Lions Gate will distribute Primal Media's contentworldwide as well as adapt formats owned by Primal Media for the U.S. andworldwide market.

* Dutchproviders VodafoneNederland and ZiggoNV offered concessions to the European Commission to secureantitrust approval for their planned merger, Reuters reports.The EU antitrust authority will decide on the deal Aug. 3, and is expected toseek more feedback from competitors before accepting the offer or demandingmore concessions. Vodafone Nederland is a unit of , while owns Ziggo.

AND IRELAND

* Toy maker Hasbro Inc. acquired Irish animation company Boulder Media for an undisclosed amount.Boulder, which has produced animation series for and , willcontinue to produce animated series on behalf of third-party clients, whileproducing animation projects for Hasbro brands, accordingto a news release.

* Skyplc will start broadcasting in Ultra HD in August beginning on thefirst day of the English Premier League games, The Irish Times of Dublin reports.Users of the Sky Q Silver bundle will be able to access 124 Premier League gamesand more 70 movies. Meanwhile, Sky Sports saidit will air 14 more matches from the English Football League through the end ofSeptember.

* Endemol Shine Group named Ivan Nash Vila CFO, effectivefall 2016, Broadcast reports.Nash Vila will join from Liberty Global, where he is finance chief for centralEurope.

* Theresa May is the U.K.'s new prime minister, David Cameron. May,who took a tough stance on pursuing Britain's from the EU, is planning to putstaff representatives in boardrooms and give shareholders the right to block bonuses.

GERMANY,SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* will makeits sports news channel Sky Sport News HD free to watch in Germany and Austriabeginning December, Die Welt reports.The 24-hour news channel, which launched in Germany five years ago, will beoffered across satellite, cable, IPTV, web and mobile.

*Software AG raised its full-year profitability forecast after a successfulfirst six months in 2016, Handelsblatt reports.The company's first-half sales rose 5% to €409.6 million compared to a yearearlier, while earnings before interest and taxes increased 42% to €88.7million.

*Deutsche Telekom AG'sT-Mobile Austria GmbHlaunched a program to reward customer loyalty with special offers, Österreich reports.Existing customers will get the same deals as new customers. My Mobile Lighttariff subscribers can receive the Sony Xperia XA and the Huawei P9 Lite forfree.

*Google paid €6.7 million in corporate taxes in France in 2015, Le Figaro reports.On July 13 the company declared a €22 million profit before tax on a turnoverof €247 million. The figure is 30% higher than 2015 but still marginal in viewof the size of the search engine advertising market alone, largely dominated byGoogle, estimated at €1.7 billion.

*Eutelsat CommunicationsSA started the sale process for its 33.69% stake inHispasat SA. In anews release,Eutelsat said it exercised a put option granted in 2008 by Hispasat's majorityshareholder, the Abertis Group. A potential transaction will require theSpanish government's approval.

*French high administrative court Conseil d'État confirmed24-hour news channel LCI's spot on the French DTT network TNT. However, theCourt upheld media regulator Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel's decision tooppose the transition of Paris Prèmiere to free-to-air, meaning the M6 Groupchannel will remain on pay TV.

*Parisian public transport administration RATP and French telecom regulatorARCEP signed a letter of intent to improve 4G coverage across the undergroundnetwork, La Tribune reports.The goal is to achieve complete 4G coverage on all metro lines by the end of2017.

*Iliad SA CEO MaximeLombardini said OrangeSA is focusing on fiber optics to remonopolize the market, UniversFreebox reports.Lombardini said Free is negotiating with two main RIP operators to access theFFTH Public Initiative Networks.

, BELGIUM ANDLUXEMBOURG

*Dutch State Secretary Sander Dekker wants Dutch providers to allow theircustomers to choose their own TV packages, NOS reports.Since 2014 Dutch providers have been obliged to put at least 30 TV channels intheir standard subscription, something Dekker now wants to change to promotefreedom of the customer's choice.

*Dutch provider Kabelnoord is planning to roll out an optical fiber network insome Friese municipalities outside their own service area, Telecompaper reports.The participating municipalities also intend to buy shares in Kabelnoord,making them co-owners of the provider alongside the province of Friesland.

*SBS Broadcasting will move all of its football match broadcasts to channelVeronica from channel SBS6, accordingto TotaalTV. After an earlier move of the UEFA Champions League, the KNVB Cupand the Jupiler League will also be shown on Veronica.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* NokiaCorp. expanded its patent cross licensing agreement withSamsung Electronics Co.Ltd., according to a news release. The deal, under which bothcompanies will share access to additional patented technologies, builds on alicensing agreement reached by Nokia and Samsung in February.

* EricssonAB saidit had been selected to deploy its Charging and Billing in One solution forTelenor ASA's TelenorSerbia. The solution supports a full range of chargingand billing needs for residential, corporate, mobile and fixed subscribers.Telenor Serbia is owned by Telenor ASA.

* Ericsson signed a three-year contract for managed servicesrelating to the Flow mobile network in the northern Caribbean area, Dagens Industri reports.The agreement covers field services and the monitoring of traffic in 12 marketsin the region.

* Norwegianmarine and energy services firm Fred. Olsen & Co named Richard Olav Aa,former Telenor CFO, as its new CFO, DagensNæringsliv reports.Aa left Telenor earlier in 2016 amid scrutiny over how much the telco knewabout its partner company VimpelCom Ltd.'s links to in Uzbekistan.

* Telenorexecutives met with Thailand's information and communications technologyminister to discuss the country's digital economy roadmap and the company'scommitment to telecom development, KrungthepTurakij reports.Telenor owns Thai operator Total Access Communication Plc, or Dtac.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* YouTuberolled out its YouTube Kids video-on-demand platform in , following launches in the U.K. and Ireland in2015, Telecompaper reports.YouTube Kids features educational videos, nursery rhymes and children's TVshows, and blocks inappropriate content. Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. owns YouTube.

* launched interactiveTV shopping channel yubuy tv, in partnership with retail chain El Corte Inglés,Digital TV Europe reports.TV Net Voz customers will reportedly be able to purchase items using theirVodafone TV Box, choosing from sport, health and beauty, and home categories.

*Spanish public broadcaster RTVE launched Heroinas: Vive Rio, a virtual realityapp featuring five short documentaries about the Rio 2016 Olympics, Rapid TVNews reports.Co-created with inMediaStudio, the app offers the stories of synchronizedswimmers Gemma Mengual and Ona Carbonell, canoeist Maialen Chourraut,equestrienne Beatriz Ferrer, the rugby women's team and the national rhythmicgymnastics team, according to the report.

*Portugal is set to get four new digital terrestrialtelevision channels, two of which are RTP3 and RTP Memoria from publicbroadcaster RTP, Advanced Television reports.A tender will reportedly be launched soon to award two more DTT licenses forcommercial broadcasters.

EASTERN EUROPE

* studiohead Jeff Shell was detained and denied entry into due to his alleged involvement in "a large-scale,lying, anti-Russian propaganda campaign," The Hollywood Reporter reports,citing a statement from the Russian foreign ministry. Shell's lifetime ban fromthe country is reportedly linked to his chairmanship of the Broadcasting Boardof Governors, which is in charge of all U.S. non-military foreign broadcastingin Russia. NBCUniversal is a unit of Comcast Corp.

*TVN SA President andCEO Markus Tellenbach is quitting his post, parent company saidin a statement. JimSamples, who is currently president of Scripps' international unit, will becomepresident of TVN's management board, and will lead the broadcaster until a permanent CEO is appointed.

*Uber will temporarily cease its Hungarianoperations, following a new law that will allow the country's communicationswatchdog to block Internet access to "illegal dispatcher services,"Reuters reports,citing an Uber spokesperson for central Europe. The legislation comes afterlocal cab drivers protested for months against the taxi-hailing service.

FEATURED NEWS

: Philippine telcogiants PLDT and Globe Telecom are seeking to halt the regulatory review oftheir $1.5 billion joint acquisition deal for San Miguel's telecom unit, whileshares in Nintendo drop as concerns grow over the company's ability to roll outits hit mobile game globally.

: When Verizon closed thedoor on phone subsidies a few years ago, it was hard to know the move wouldnecessitate opening a window to the ABS market.

: Bringhub takes on the e-commerce model with a universalshopping cart designed to appeal to consumers' and retailers' interests.

: In this monthly feature, S&P Global MarketIntelligence provides a roundup of recent market developments in Denmark,Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

:Google and LinkedIn struck a property swap deal that covers 1 million squarefeet of existing buildings and 2.4 million square feet of future developmentcapacity, in Sunnyvale and Mountain View, Calif., while Apple is working to debutan unscripted reality TV show, called "Planet of the Apps."

FEATURED RESEARCH

: Our recently completed AsiaConsumer Insights survey reveals that consumers in China not only own moreInternet-connectable devices than U.S. or South Korean households, but are morelikely to use their smartphones, tablets and smart TVs for digitalentertainment.

: Walt Disney's streak continued asthe mouse house landed another film at the top of the monthly film profitprojections chart.

: SNL Kagan has published and updatedGlobal Multichannel & Broadband analysis for three countries.

: SNLKagan's latest quarterly presentation report examining industry trends and datafor the global multichannel and connected devices sector.

: See how consolidation haschanged the multichannel landscape with a new animated map.

Sylvia EdwardsDavis, Patrick Winters, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed tothis report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time.Some external links may require a subscription.