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CBS, DigiTürk sign exclusive content deal; TiVo CEO joins Liberty Global

TOP NEWS

* CBS Corp.'s CBS Studios International entered into a multiseries deal with Turkish pay TV operator DigiTürk for exclusive broadcast rights to the studio's entire slate of new series, Deadline Hollywood reports.

* Liberty Global PLC appointed Enrique Rodriguez executive vice president and chief technology officer, effective late July. Rodriguez is stepping down from his roles as president, CEO and board member at TiVo Corp.

PAN-EUROPEAN

* Members of the European Parliament have rejected a proposal by the body's legal affairs committee to begin talks with the EU Council of Ministers to update EU copyright laws to reflect the digital age.

* France and the U.K. have signed a series of agreements in Paris to further their bilateral cooperation in digital governance and artificial intelligence, Les Echos reports.

UK AND IRELAND

* EchoStar Corp. continues to have "constructive" discussions with Inmarsat PLC for a potential transaction after the British company rejected a proposal submitted by EchoStar on July 3.

* The British Broadcasting Corp.'s BBC Studios is exercising its option to acquire the remaining 51% stake in Lookout Point Ltd. that it does not own yet. The London production company will become an independent scripted studio within BBC Studios after the completion of the transaction.

* Independent Television News CEO John Hardie will resign by year-end, Variety reports. ITV PLC is the largest shareholder of ITN.

* Sky PLC CEO Jeremy Darroch is calling for the creation of legislation that would define the responsibilities of internet companies in dealing with illegal or harmful content.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* The head of the German Bundesnetzagentur, Jochen Homann, has plans to monitor Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. more closely, according to an interview with the Financial Times. Homann said providers of email and messenger services should be regulated just like traditional telecoms companies, reports Handelsblatt.

* The contribution service by German public broadcasters ARD, ZDF (DE) and Deutschlandradio received €7.97 billion in 2017. This represents a slight decline of 0.05% compared to the previous year.

FRANCE

* Telecom operators invested €9.6 billion in France's infrastructure in 2017, a 36% increase over three years, according to telecom regulator ARCEP's annual report.

* Gaumont SA paid tribute to late CFO Fabrice Batieau, adding that due to his death, the publication of half-year results will be postponed until Sept. 24. The results were initially scheduled for July 27.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Dutch satellite TV provider Canal Digitaal has launched over-the-top subscriptions Vol and Bomvol, which contain 45 and 62 channels and cost €9.95 and €14.95 per month, respectively.

* Radio channels are still investing in their analog FM networks, even though plans exist to phase out FM and replace it with DAB+ networks, MediaMagazine reports.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Nokia Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. will work together on 5G research and development.

* Tele2 AB has reached a new telephony partnership deal with the Swedish municipality of Uppsala.

* Newscycle Solutions Inc. has acquired Infomaker Scandinavia AB, a provider of open, cloud-based publishing platforms for content creation.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Creditor banks Akbank, Garanti and Isbank will extend up to $4 billion in loans to a special purpose vehicle they are creating to take over a 55% stake in Türk Telekomünikasyon AS, with the holding to be used as collateral for the loan, Reuters reports, citing sources. The plan came as the banks applied to Turkey's competition regulator for the proposed takeover of the majority stake owned by Dubai-based Oger Telecom.

* Telefónica SA's board has began discussions on whether to sell a portion of its fixed-line network in Spain, in a bid to cut debt while boosting the company's stock market value, Telecompaper reports, citing El Confidencial.

* Mediaset SpA CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi said the time for a deal that involves the Italian broadcaster acquiring Telecom Italia SpA has passed, Reuters reports.

* A Rome administrative court has confirmed it suspended the issuance of a €74.3 million fine on Telecom Italia over its failure to inform the Italian government that Vivendi SA had effective control of the Italian operator, Reuters reports, citing the court's ruling.

* Altice Portugal SA, unit of Altice Europe, formerly Altice NV, has struck a partnership with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to develop and deploy next-generation 5G networks across Portugal, Reuters reports.

* Telefónica's Movistar platform is rolling out a virtual assistant service named Movistar Home in October, Advanced Television reports.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Romania Cable Systems & Romania Data Systems-owned Digi TV has acquired rights to air Italy's Serie A for the upcoming three seasons, Broadband TV News reports. The soccer league will be aired on Digi Sport 1 HD, Digi Sport 2 HD and Digi Sport 3 HD, as well as on the Nova Digi TV CZ internet and on Digi2Go satellite platforms in the Czech Republic.

* Russian telcos would need to foreign companies' tech to comply with a law that requires storage of phone calls and text messages for six months to aid in security services, Reuters reports, citing sources. Despite President Vladimir Putin's preference to use Russian technology for the task, operators will have no choice but to use equipment from the likes of Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. and Huawei as they are reportedly facing a tight deadline to meet the law's requirements.

* Deutsche Telekom AG's Telekom Romania is aiming for a timely completion of its infrastructure project named RO-NET with the help of the Romanian Ministry of Communications, Broadband TV News reports, citing Ziarul Financiar. The program targets to provide fiber optic broadband services to about 700 isolated rural areas across Romania.

* The future of Hungarian news channel Hír TV is uncertain after it was sold by its owner Lajos Simicska to his long-time business partner, Zsolt Nyerges, the Budapest Business Journal reports.

* Rostelecom PJSC has launched a project that entails providing wholesale network support services for other telecom operators, including those based in Russia's northwest federal district, Telecompaper reports.

FEATURED NEWS

Techtonic Shift: London tech sector grows up and moves out of Silicon Roundabout: As successful technology startups grow their operations and multinational tech giants look to settle into huge new headquarters, London is seeing its tech sector spill out from its traditional home into other areas of the city.

FEATURED RESEARCH

Economics of Internet: Broadcast digital and online revenues shrink with spinoffs in Q1: Broadcast digital and online revenue for the 12 covered broadcasters in our analysis decreased on average 21.3% year over year in the first quarter, due largely to TEGNA's separation from its digital entities.

Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Koen Pijnappels and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.

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