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ProSiebenSat.1, Discovery launch German OTT; Nat Geo+ to debut in Greece


* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and Discovery Communications Inc. teamed up to launch a premium entertainment streaming service in Germany, according to a news release. At launch, the service will feature ProSieben (DE), Sat.1 (DE), kabel eins (DE), Sixx (DE), ProSieben MAXX (DE), Sat.1 Gold (DE) and kabel eins Doku, as well as Discovery's free-to-air channels DMAX (DE) and TLC, with more content to be added later.

* Cosmote SA's Cosmote TV will be launching a video-on-demand service in Greece in 2018, which will be named Nat Geo+, Broadband TV News reports. The planned rollout comes alongside the reported three-year extension of the distribution agreement between Cosmote TV and 21st Century Fox Inc.'s Fox Networks Group Greece.

* The demand for better customer experiences is driving digital transformation among technology, media and telecom companies, executives from Havas SA, Globe Telecom and CNN Philippines said at Digicon 2017 in Manila, Philippines.


* The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal from the country's justice department to access emails held on Microsoft Corp.'s servers in Dublin, in relation to a drugs case, Dublin's The Irish Times reports. A lower court in the U.S. earlier sided with Microsoft's argument that U.S. warrants cannot be unilaterally applied to emails in other countries based on a decades-old U.S. law.

* BBC Worldwide Ltd. struck a content deal with Etisalat UAE for the subscription video-on-demand service operated by the telco's unit E-Vision, the British Broadcasting Corp. unit said. The deal will enable Etisalat's SVOD users to watch BBC Worldwide content such as "War and Peace," "Wolf Hall," "Wild Mexico" and "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em."


* The German ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, has criticised the country for broadening internet restrictions ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Oct. 18. Clauss said that while "digitalization of its economy" was crucial to China's continued economic success, the recent blocking of Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp has increased the international business community's concerns about a clampdown on online connectivity in the country.


* Altice NV suspended its existing share repurchase program announced Aug. 28, replacing it with a new program to repurchase shares during closed periods that will continue until Nov. 2. As part of the share buyback, Altice intends to purchase its own common shares A and B on Euronext Amsterdam for an aggregate market value equivalent to up to €1 billion, in order to meet obligations arising from share option plans and to reduce its share capital.

* Havas acquired a 49% stake each in two Algerian-based agencies. Creative and consultancy agency GANFOOD will become Havas Creative Alger, while media agency HVS will become Havas Media Alger.

* Lagardère SCA unit Lagardère Sports and Entertainment launched Lagardère Plus, a global partnership marketing agency. The entity incorporates Lagardère Sports and Entertainment's existing global consulting businesses, including agencies akzio! and Zaechel Int. in Germany, and Sponsorship 360 in France, all of which will be rebranded as Lagardère Plus.


* Belgian researchers have found a leak on the Wi-Fi Protected Access II protocol, or WPA2, Tweakers reports. The leak enables decryption and hijacking of Wi-Fi connections, and the US-CERT organization has released a warning on the vulnerabilities.

* RTV Oost will halve its broadcasting time to 30 minutes a day, Villamedia reports. The Dutch regional broadcaster reportedly plans to reinvest the freed capacity in online activities.


* A potential bidder for Swedish biometrics company Fingerprint Cards AB withdrew after being referred to former CEO and principal owner Johan Carlström, Affärsvärlden reports, citing Bloomberg News. The bidder was a private equity company which reportedly held preliminary talks with Carlström, but decided to withdraw.

* Sweden might be about to abolish the TV license fee, and instead finance the public broadcaster through a new tax, Resume reports. The proposal was made for the Swedish government by a special committee, which also proposed to almost slash the tax in half, compared to the current license fee.

* Nokia Corp. unveiled its new wireless PON system for delivering gigabit broadband using high-speed wireless technology. The company said the system could eliminate the need to bring fiber connections all the way to homes and buildings.


* Enel Open Fiber SpA may list its shares on the stock market in 2019 or 2020, following an anticipated net profit in 2019, Reuters reports, citing a statement from company CEO Tommaso Pompei. The Italian company is also looking at investing about €6.5 billion in the next five years.

* Telecom Italia SpA acknowledged the receipt of a notice from the Italian govenment's planned exercise of special powers through the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The Italian operator explained that the measure requires the company, together with its units, to assign a board member who will be responsible for functions related to company activities. The companies need to provide advice on decisions regarding their strategic activities. Vivendi SA, Telecom Italia's majority shareholder, has no comment on the government's exercise of "golden power" on the operator, according to a Reuters report.

* The Italian government is not in talks with Telecom Italia about spinning off its fixed-line network, Reuters reports, citing Italian Undersecretary of State for Telecommunications Antonello Giacomelli.


* Broadcasting company TV Nova Group teamed up with Czech software maker Mautilus sro to launch an HbbTV application in Croatia and the Balkan region, Broadband TV News reports. The service will provide users with various TV programs, a video archive and games.

* Orange SA's Orange Romania launched a chat messaging service that will be available through the Android Messages app, Telecompaper reports. The service allows users to send and receive messages even in the absence of a mobile coverage or a Wi-Fi connection.

* The amendments on language requirements for broadcasts in Ukraine have come into effect, Broadband TV News reports. Under the revised regulations, national and regional channels must have at least 75% of its programming between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Ukrainian, and at least 60% between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. In addition, about 75% of news broadcasts must also be in the local language.


The week in OTT: Netflix plans more Indian originals; Movies Anywhere hits US: Netflix is ramping up its international content slate with India as a "super priority market," while Movies Anywhere, a new video content platform that features films from major Hollywood studios and video-on-demand platforms, launched in the U.S.


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Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Koen Pijnappels 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.