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Netflix, Altice ink SVOD deal; Google, Facebook brace for Russian VPN ban

TOP NEWS

* Altice NV said that it struck a multiyear deal with Netflix Inc., which will allow Altice's customers in France, Portugal, Israel and Dominican Republic to access Netflix's library. Netflix will first be offered to Altice customers in France, followed by other territories later in 2017.

* Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are seeking to negotiate with Russian authorities, in relation to a possible ban on virtual private networks in the country, Broadband TV News reports, citing ComNews. Proposed legislation banning technologies that can bypass the blocking of prohibited sites has been introduced in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.

UK AND IRELAND

* InMotion Ventures, the mobility services unit of British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, invested $25 million in Lyft Inc. The investment is expected to support the ride-sharing company's expansion and technology plans, while also allowing InMotion to develop and test self-driving technology in partnership with Lyft.

* Irish public broadcaster RTÉ received bids of almost €90 million for the 8.64-acre property on Donnybrook, which it recently put up for sale, Dublin's The Irish Times reports. RTÉ plans to use the sale's proceeds for an upgrade of its Donnybrook complex.

* British Telecom is conducting trials of software-defined network architecture that will support a next generation broadcast network. The technology is aimed at supporting the transport of multiple uncompressed videos in HD to a production studio via a high-bandwidth network.

* BT also tested a new 400 Gbps technology solution for fiber-optic data transfers, in partnership with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Meanwhile, BT's infrastructure unit Openreach teamed up with Huawei to develop and perform a live demonstration of a 100 Gbps broadband service.

* Karen Bradley will remain as the U.K. secretary of state for culture, media and sport, as part of a reshuffle in Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet following the recent general election, Digital TV Europe reports.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Swiss entertainment company Highlight Communications AG issued new shares, in preparation for its takeover of Munich-based media firm Constantin Medien AG, Meedia reports, citing a news release.

* Swiss industrial firm Georg Fischer expanded its contract with communications technology firm T-Systems Schweiz to remain a full outsourcing partner for the next six years. GF's worldwide headquarters are being managed by T-Systems as part of the deal.

* Managing directors Barbara Wiewer and Anke Fischer-Appelt are leaving WDR Mediagroup following a company reshuffle, according to a news release. The company is a commercial subsidiary of German broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

* StarDSL AG, a German network-independent telecommunications via satellite provider, announced a refinancing round worth €275,000 to help restructure the business. The company provides internet, TV and telecom services and products.

FRANCE

* SFR Group has found common ground with unions to accelerate its staff reduction measures, Challenges reports. A voluntary termination plan will be implemented from July to November to reduce 3,300 positions.

* A new French union represents independent television networks, CB News reports. The Syndicat National des Télévisions Indépendante Privées, presided by Olivier Ramond, brings together Berbère TV, Beur TV, GrandLille.TV, GrandLittoral.TV, KTO and La Chaine Méteo, among others. SYNTIP will represent its members before media regulator CSA, the French parliament, authorities and distributors.

* Streaming app Molotov and Arte launched a new channel for the 2017 Hellfest festival. From June 12 to July 2, over 30 concerts and a selection of the best of the festival's 2015 and 2016 editions will be available live and via replay over web, mobile and smart TV.

* Eutelsat Communications SA announced that Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun has resigned from the board with immediate effect, in order to comply with dual mandate regulations. Her replacement will be selected in the next shareholder meeting in November.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Altice-owned Altice USA Inc. expects to price shares sold in its initial public offering at between $27.00 and $31.00 apiece. In an amended registration statement, the company registered 51,724,139 class A shares for the offering, including 12,068,966 to be sold directly by Altice USA and 34,482,759 to be sold by stockholders.

* Media company Talpa has increased its interest in Telegraaf Media Groep NV for the first time in two months, to 29.16% from 28.70%, De Telegraaf reports. TMG is currently in talks with Belgian publisher Mediahuis and VP Exploitatie about a possible takeover, yet Talpa seems to continue its ongoing efforts to take over the Dutch publisher.

* KPN NV will shut down its customer service division in Eindhoven from Jan. 1, 2018, resulting in a loss of about 300 jobs, Algemeen Dagblad reports. According to KPN, its customer service has far less issues to deal with than before due to investments into customer satisfaction.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Telia Co. AB unit Telia Denmark said that it concluded a new distribution deal with consumer electronics chain Elgiganten. The deal will see Elgiganten stocking the full range of Telia products at its 37 stores across Denmark. Telia operates 51 own stores in Denmark.

* Ericsson AB said that it will overhaul Tigo Rwanda's Business Support System-ecosystem under a new partnership agreement. The solution delivered covers the full spectrum of charging, billing, provisioning, mediation and roaming functionality.

* Nokia Corp. and China Mobile formed a home-gateway cooperation in China, Nokia said. The partnership provides China Mobile's residential customers in 29 provinces in China access to fiber-based ultra-broadband applications and intelligent home services.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Italian soccer league Serie A is launching a new TV rights tender for its matches covering the 2018-2021 seasons, after Mediaset SpA and Telecom Italia SpA unit Telecom Italia Media SpA did not submit bids in the original tender, Broadband TV News reports. Only Sky Italia SRL and Perform Group presented offers for the rights, according to the report.

* Spanish broadcaster Mediapro will provide full coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia from June 17 to July 2 via its free-to-air channel GOL, Rapid TV News reports.

* Spanish telcos such as Vodafone España SAU and Telefónica SA are bracing for up to four times more data traffic this summer compared to 2016, as the new EU-wide roaming rules take effect June 15, Telecompaper reports, citing Europa Press.

EASTERN EUROPE

* British Broadcasting Corp. unit BBC Worldwide Ltd. struck content deals with several broadcasters in central and eastern Europe, including RTL in Croatia, Czech TV, Prima, Bulgarian National Television and Sony Corp.'s Sony Russia, Broadband TV News reports.

* Telia Lithuania elected Henriette Wendt as its new board chairman, replacing Robert Anderson, Telecompaper reports, citing Vz.lt. Wendt will hold the post until April 2019.

* The president of Microsoft Corp.'s Russian unit, Pavel Betsis, is leaving the company in the early autumn to focus on his own investment projects outside Russia, Telecompaper reports, citing Tdaily.ru.

* Telia Estonia is planning to stop providing its pay TV service Telia TV under the old platform in the autumn, as about 95% of its subscribers have already switched to the new platform, Telecompaper reports.

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FEATURED RESEARCH

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