* Discovery Inc. launched ad-supported streaming service dplay in the U.K. and Ireland. The new platform offers content from Discovery's free-to-air channels, such as Quest, Quest Red, Really and Food Network.
* Telenor ASA and Nordic Entertainment Group AB will form a new broadcasting company from the merger of their units Canal Digital and Viasat Consumer. Telenor and NENT will each own a 50% share in the joint venture.
* Video streaming companies are on alert for potential disruption to the way their platforms function in Europe as a result of Brexit, they told S&P Global Market Intelligence. The U.K.'s departure from the European Union and subsequent withdrawal from the Digital Single Market could result in copyright restrictions on content ranging from paid music to video apps.
* Bloomberg Inc. unveiled a slate of digital originals, focused on space, transportation, science and health, for its streaming service Bloomberg TV+, TBI Vision reports. The shows, which includes "Giant Leap," "Moon Shot," "Accelerate," "Prognosis" and "Storylines," will also be available on Bloomberg.com, Google LLC's YouTube and on Bloomberg's social channels.
* A "swift" rollout of 5G networks in the European Union is crucial for "enhancing the competitiveness of the EU," Reuters reports, according to draft presidency conclusions seen by the news agency. The document recommended to promote European technological sovereignty and to implement "robust" security standards for manufacturers and service providers.
* Eurosport secured a number of exclusive multiyear deals for rights to air ATP Tour events in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The agreements will begin in 2020 in Romania and Hungary and in 2021 in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Eurosport will also provide year-round ATP Tour coverage in Belgium as part of its extended rights deal in France. The deal builds on Eurosport's existing "Home of Tennis" positioning.
UK AND IRELAND
* BBC Studios Ltd. executives Hilary Salmon and Radford Neville are leaving the company as they set up a new production company called The Lighthouse, TBI Vision reports. The two executives will work with Nick Betts, also a BBC Studios executive who earlier announced plans to exit the British Broadcasting Corp. unit.
* ITV PLC revealed that its on-demand platform ITV Hub surpassed 30 million registered users, an increase from 26 million registered users during the same period last year.
* In other ITV news, the British media company appointed Emma Gormley as managing director of ITV daytime, while entertainment head Katie Rawcliffe will now be in charge of commissioning for ITV's afternoon and weekend morning slots, TBI Vision reports. The promotions is in line with the exit of ITV's joint daytime chiefs Clare Ely and Jane Beacon.
* The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre dealt with 658 cyberattacks in the past year, bringing the number of attacks it dealt with since 2016 to almost 1,800, the agency revealed in its third annual review.
GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA
* Sunrise Communications Group AG CEO Olaf Swantee told Bloomberg News that the proposed transaction to acquire UPC Schweiz from Liberty Global PLC is "dead" after it canceled the scheduled Oct. 23 meeting. The extraordinary shareholders meeting is intended to seek shareholders' approval for a proposed capital increase. Following the failed takeover, two major investors, including Axxion SA, are calling for the resignations of Peter Kurer, the chairman of the board, and Jens Jesper Ovesen, who heads the audit committee, Reuters reports.
* A French court ruled that beIN Media Group LLC's broadcaster's rights deal with Amaury Sport Organisation must be upheld, TV5 Monde reports. The court ordered ASO, the organizer of the Dakar Rally and the Tour de France, among others, to maintain its five-year exclusive rights agreement with beIN's Middle East and North Africa division.
* The results of ARCEP's 2019 telecom measurement survey revealed that Orange SA has the best mobile network. Meanwhile, For the second year in a row, Bouygues Telecom SA ranked first for the quality of its mobile service in rural areas.
NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG
* Ziggo NV implemented a software update for the Mediabox Next digital television receiver with a number of points for improvement, Mediamagazine reports. The implementation of the new software reportedly starts on the night of Oct. 22 to Oct. 23 and is automatically installed when the Mediabox Next is in standby mode.
* KPN NV will install fiber optics for all households and businesses in the city of Groningen in the near future, RTV Noord reports. KPN's fiber optic plan for Groningen reportedly is part of a larger investment project that should provide one million households with a fast connection by the end of 2021.
* The Swedish government has welcomed proposals by Telia Co. AB to nominate a new board chairman to replace Marie Ehrling, reports Svenska Dagbladet. Enterprise Minister Ibrahim Baylan said he hopes the replacement process can move ahead quickly.
* Nokia Corp. rolled out its 1830 Time-sensitive Packet Switch, its newest offering from its time-sensitive networking stable of switches. The 1830 Time is intended to cut costs and complexity around Cloud RAN deployment.
* DigiPlex Norway AS listed a new 1.8 billion Norwegian kroner senior secured bond on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The bond listing is linked to more Nordic firms moving digital infrastructure to the cloud.
* Swedish company Sentor expanded its cybersecurity services offering by opening an office in Helsinki, Finland. The company hired IT-security veteran Nicolas Gabriel-Robez as regional director to develop its business in Finland.
* Telefónica SA unit Movistar will pay a €1.5 million fine imposed by Spanish telecom regulator Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia for overcharging rival telcos soccer rights through its premium offer El Partidazo, Advanced Television reports. The affected telcos include Orange Espagne SAU, Vodafone Group PLC's Vodafone España SAU and TeleCable de Asturias SAU.
* Enel Open Fiber SPA began work on the rollout of a fiber-to-the-home network in the Vasto area through a €5 million investment, Telecompaper reports. The Enel SpA unit also launched its commercial gigabit fiber services in Reggio Calabria, according to a separate Telecompaper report.
* Vodafone Italia SpA named Andrea Ghizzoni its new head of strategy, Telecompaper reports. Ghizzoni joins Vodafone from Tencent Holdings Ltd., where he was most recently director for Europe of messaging platform WeChat.
* Telefónica will use Cisco Systems Inc.'s Crosswork Network Automation suite to automate its network in preparation for future 5G demands, Telecompaper reports.
* Empreno Ventures urged cable operator United Group BV and its parent, private equity firm BC Partners, to halt discussions over acquiring Bulgarian telecom operator VIVACOM, Broadband TV News reports, citing a statement. The company, which owns 43.3% of Vivacom's former parent entity V2 Investment Sarl, claims the sale is part of a fraudulent scheme initiated by the current parent, Russian bank VTB.
* Croatia will end the use of the DVB-T/MPEG-2 system for digital TV services in selected regions as early as May 25, 2020, Broadband TV News reports. The country is preparing to shift to the DVB-T2 standard based on H.265/HEVC coding, beginning July 1 next year.
* Romania Cable & Data Systems-owned Digi TV rolled out a new Android application for its over-the-top service Digi2Go, Broadband TV News reports. The Czech pay TV operator will also launch an all-new Android TV app for Digi2Go for smart TVs and set-top boxes.
* VEON's Russian operator unit Beeline struck a deal to launch smart city services and related internet-of-things solutions at the Akadempark technology park in Novosibirsk, Telecompaper reports.
* U.S. tech giant Apple Inc. named Tatyana Akhmatova the new head of its Russian unit Apple Ru, Telecompaper reports.
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Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Marieke Pijnappels and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.
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