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* Singapore plans to buy £1.3 billion worth of stake in Telefónica SA's telecom infrastructure unit Telxius, U.K.'s The Times reports. The deal would allow Telefónica to float British unit O2.

* In the ongoing dispute between Sky Deutschland GmbH and Discovery Communications Inc., Sky plc claimed that Discovery demanded £1 billion for the upcoming integration of sports channels such as Eurosport, DWDL reports. Discovery has rejected the claims.

* Meanwhile, Discovery warned of cuts to program commissioning due to its ongoing carriage spat with Sky, Broadcast reports. Discovery Networks UK Managing Director Susanna Dinnage reportedly said the dispute could hit British independent producers.


* The European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy approved the EU agreement on the use of the 700 MHz band until 2030, Telecompaper reports.


* Orange SA could sell its 4% stake in British Telecom, after the French telco has been freed from a deal lockup regarding BT's acquisition of EE Ltd., London's The Sunday Telegraph reports. Orange acquired the shares as partial payment for 50% of EE.

* Top managers of BT unit BT Italia allegedly conspired with outside contractors to conceal false accounting that holed out about £500 million in the telco's cash flow, The Daily Telegraph reports. BT is reportedly working with Milan prosecutors, after a KPMG investigation showed that the misconduct had been going on for almost 10 years.

* Users of mobile devices running on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 10 operating system will now be able to access U.K.-based streaming service TVPlayer, Advanced Television reports.

* Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said that the company plans to roll out the service in other European markets, such as in Italy and Germany after it becomes available in the U.K., TBI Vision reports.

* Viacom Inc.'s Viacom UK chose Sky's Sky AdSmart service as its point of sale in all its channels, now adding Channel 5 (UK) in the advertisement platform, Advanced Television reports.


* Sky intends to launch its transactional movie service Sky Store in Germany this year, Broadband TV News reports.

* Cologne-based ad-blocking software maker Eyeo said German prosecutors searched its offices in Cologne and Berlin, as well as three private flats, Golem reports. The search involves claims of copyright infringement made by Axel Springer SE against Eyeo.

* Sky Deutschland said that it expanded its fraud management team in order to combat losses worth millions caused by the illegal streaming of its programs. Marlen Repetowska and Kati Gottschalk will join the team and report to Alexandra Deinath, director of fraud management at Sky Business Solutions.

* German police arrested a computer scientist in Cologne, Germany, for the illegal distribution of Sky Deutschland channels over the internet, Broadband TV News reports.


* International news channel i24news is expanding to the U.S. starting on Feb. 13, Les Echos reports. The Altice NV-owned network is opening offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

* Bouygues Telecom said that it does not limit video streaming on its 4G set-top boxes, Next Inpact reports. In cases where the operator may set up a throughput limit to protect the quality of its network, users would be warned beforehand.

* TF1 Group and France Télévisions SA groups are benefiting from a resurgence in French fiction, CB News reports. TF1 announced the arrival of four new miniseries including the French adaptation of "The Fall," while France Télévisions is stepping up the production and distribution of series and documentaries.

* Europe 1 employees who declared their station in a state of emergency on Jan. 19 reached an agreement with management, CB News reports. The deal calls for the establishment of 22 temporary positions and four working groups composed of executives and staff, to set out operational changes.

* The ethics commission of French media regulator ARCEP will make a decision on the departure of Benoît Loutrel to join Google France on Feb. 14, La Tribune reports. Arcep decided to reexamine the case in light of a possible conflict of interest. Google France is a unit of Alphabet Inc.'s Google Inc.


* Belgian media company Mediahuis said it will not raise its offer for Dutch publisher Telegraaf Media Groep NV for the time being, after media company Talpa came with a higher counter-offer, De Telegraaf reports. Mediahuis Chairman Thomas Leysen said the company will be awaiting TMG's reaction to Talpa's offer, which was €5.90 per share, compared to Mediahuis' per-share offer of €5.25.

* T-Mobile Netherlands is offering Vodafone customers with a mobile subscription or a Vodafone Thuis subscription the possibility to freely transfer to a mobile subscription from T-Mobile, even if their current subscription is still running, TotaalTV reports. The move follows T-Mobile's recent acquisition of Vodafone Thuis, which was a requirement of the European Commission for the merger between Ziggo NV and Vodafone.

* Shareholders of Eindhoven-based chipmaker NXP Semiconductors, formerly a division of Dutch technology company Philips, approved the company's acquisition by rival Qualcomm for an earlier agreed amount of $47 billion, reports. The acquisition is set to be completed at the end of 2017.

* Proximus started rolling out its fiber network in Antwerp, Belgium, Het Laatste Nieuws reports. Proximus had already installed the network at 400 business sites and several business parks, but the current rollout will allow every business and individual to receive the network into their business of home within the coming years.

* Data Facilities, a Dutch exploiter of regional data centers, renewed its agreement with fiber optic provider Eurofiber, Emerce reports. The renewed agreement allows Data Facilities to connect its co-location data center in The Hague with the NIKHEF institute in Amsterdam.


* Telia Co. AB CEO Johan Dennelind said that an acquisition in Denmark is highly unlikely, Børsen reports. Telia was earlier reported to be planning to buy Danish telco TDC A/S.

* Telia reported a net profit of 7.3 billion Swedish kronor in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from a loss of 3 billion kronor in the year-ago period. This is mainly due to a 4.5 billion kronor profit from the sale of its former Spanish operator unit Yoigo.

* Finland's Elisa Corp. said that it had a profit before tax of €74 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from €62 million in the same period of 2015. The company had a profit before tax of €320 million for the whole of 2016, up from €291 million in 2015.

* Danish cable operator YouSee A/S, owned by TDC, struck a multi-year agreement with Modern Times Group's broadcaster and pay-TV operator unit Viasat on the supply of films and TV channels, Børsen reports. Viasat replaces SF Film and Nordisk Film as supplier of feature films to YouSee’s broadband customers.


* Telefónica's video-on-demand platform Movistar+ will have an additional 30 hours of airtime for Discovery shows under an agreement with the Spanish telco and the U.S.-based media company, Rapid TV News reports.

* IBM Corp.'s IBM Italia will launch the IBM Marketplace, which offers about 50 different kinds of software, Telecompaper reports. Customers can get a free software trial before buying the software under the online marketplace.

* Italian regulator AgCom urged Italian football league Lega Calcio to revamp its guidelines on the sale of broadcasting rights of the Serie A division for the 2018-2019 season, Telecompaper reports. The regulator said that the league's current guidelines could result in "unjustifiable discrimination."

* Vodafone Group Plc's Vodafone Italia will use an artificial intelligence system called Vodafone Bot in its improved customer service platform, Telecompaper reports. The system is now available through the company's official Facebook page by using the private chat option and allows for a real-time response to various kinds of queries.


* Access to video site DailyMotion has been permanently blocked in Russia, Advanced Television reports. A ruling by the Moscow city court said that the Vivendi SA unit has repeatedly hosted shows from JSC Gazprom-Media Holding's Pyatnitsya!, which violates the country's copyright law.

* M7 Group SA-owned direct-to-home platform Skylink will add Magical roof sro-operated channel Joj Cinema+1 to its line-up in the Czech Republic, Broadband TV News reports.

* Belarusian mobile operator customers can begin to use Velcom's mobile TV service through a special app, Telecompaper reports. The service allows for each mobile number to connect to up to five devices.

* Fight Channel Group launched its linear channel and VOD content in Romania, Broadband TV News reports. The channels are available under OTT platform Streamark's extra basic and SVOD packages.


MarketWeek: As earning ramp up, Verizon hits a bittersweet note on M&A speculation: A busy earnings week and merger speculation involving Verizon and Charter Communications seemed to influence media and communications stocks during the week that ended Jan. 27.

Crisis-hit BT rules out Italy exit as profits dive: BT Group has ruled out an exit of its Italian business, despite an accounting scandal that cost the telecoms giant a £530 million write-down.


Economics of Internet: State of Netherlands online video: Subscription: High Broadband and multichannel penetrations combined with the fact that 95% of the population speaks at least one foreign language have contributed to the development and growth of a number of different subscription video OTT services in the Netherlands.

Sylvia Edwards Davis, Anne Freier, Charlotte van Hek and Esben Svendsen contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.