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Google, Russia's FAS fail to settle Android case; Viacom, Warner Bros. invest in Italian VOD

TOP NEWS

*Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service and Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. remained unable to reach an out-of-court settlement in acase over the Android operating system, Reuters reports.In a statement quoted by the Interfax news agency, Elena Zaeva, head of FAS'Department for Regulation of Telecommunications and Information Technology,said "now it's up to the court to draw a line under this case."

*Viacom Inc. andTime Warner Inc.'sWarner Bros. EntertainmentInc. took an 8.67% holding in Italy-based video-on-demand platformChili TV, with options to hike the stake to about 13% by 2019. The transactionwill help increase Chili TV's capital to €58.4 million from €53.6 million,Telecompaper reports,citing Il Sole 24 Ore.

PAN-EUROPEAN

AND IRELAND

*Intel Corp. struck atechnology licensing deal with U.K.-based chip maker ARM Holdings Plc,Bloomberg News reports.Intel reportedly hopes to boost its third-party chip manufacturing businessthrough the deal.  

*Sky plc launchedits new Sky Fibre Max offer, offering unlimited broadband usage and downloadspeeds of up to 76 Mbps. Sky Fibre Max costs €25 a month, plus Sky Line Rental.

*British Telecom CEOGavin Patterson criticized rivals Vodafone Group Plc, Sky and formisleading consumers with their "Fix Britain's Internet" campaign,which slams BT for lack of investment in broadband infrastructure, amongothers, the Financial Times (London) reports.Vodafone, Sky and TalkTalk reportedly dismissed Patterson's claims, replyingthat the state of pure fiber deployment in the U.K. is a "wastedopportunity."

GERMANY,SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

*ProSiebenSat.1 MediaSE, through its subsidiary 7Life, acquired a majority share inWehrheim-based health service WindStar Medical Group from investment firm HQEquita for an undisclosed sum. WindStar Medical focuses on the development anddistribution of niche-market healthcare products, according to a pressrelease.

*Austrian media group Mediengruppe Österreich plans to launch its own newschannel oe24.at, following the launch of N24 Austria and ProSiebenSat.1-owned4News, reportsDWDL. Mediengruppe Österreich is in talks with CNN (US) for a possible partnership.

*Following its acquisition of German e-commerce specialist Danato, Gruner + Jahris launching an online shopping business, accordingto Meedia. The Schöner Wohnen shop, which will promote the company's digitalbusiness, is being run in close cooperation with the editorial commerce team oflifestyle magazine Schöner Wohnen.

*German technology retailer Media-Markt expanded its countrywide sponsoringengagement of professional football, reportsGerman media magazine Werben &Verkaufen. The company signed sponsorship contracts with 16 clubs.

*The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will be available in France from Sept.20, ZDNet reports.The headset, made by FacebookInc.'s Oculus VR, will retail for €699 through 's French portal andFNAC.

*Altice NV-ownedSFR announceda new partnership with beIN SPORTS for fiber subscribers. Starting Aug. 17, the€19.99-per-month Box Starter package will include SFR Sport, while€29.99-per-month Box Power will include both SFR Sport and beIN Sports channels.

*Sanctions against misleading or abusive mobile payment practices tripled in2016 compared to 2015 since the creation of watchdog Association Française duMultimédia Mobile, Les Echos reports.Created by Orange SA,SFR and BouyguesTelecom, the AFMM's mission is to promote mobile payments bypolicing malpractice in the sector.

*Netflix Inc.'s speed index showedthat Iliad SA's Freesignificantly improved download speeds in July 2016, Univers Freebox reports.All French operators showed a slight improvement with Free clocking in at 2.85Mbps, up from 2.52 Mbps.

*Mayor Fabrice Beauvois of the town of Bressolles, located in rural Francenorthwest of Lyon, issueda ban on "Pokémon Go" characters. The order prevents The Pokémon Companyand Niantic from placing virtual creatures within the town limits due toconcerns regarding public disturbance, road safety, and the game's addictiveeffect on young residents.

,BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

*Liberty Global plcunit Ziggo NV willsupply only dual-band Wi-Fi routers to customers joining from September,Telecompaper reports.Ziggo's move follows growing complaints from customers about poor Wi-Ficoverage at home, which is likely caused by the increasing number of devicesthat use the 2.4 GHz band for Wi-Fi.

*People in the Netherlands are increasingly using fiber optic internetconnections at the expense of internet usage through copper wire, TotaalTV reports,citing a report from the Authority of Consumers & Markets, ACM. The numberof fiber optic connections in the Netherlands rose 60,000 in the first quarterof 2016, according to the report.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

*Norway's Opera SoftwareASA and a Chinese consortium of investors agreed to reduce theirdeal to $575 millionfrom $600 million, Sina Tech reports.Opera will transfer its core web browsing service business to the Chineseconsortium, excluding its video compression and VPN business. The transactionis expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter.

*Finnish telecom company Elisa said that it tested 5G in Finland and reachedspeeds of 5 Gbps, Hufvudstadsbladet reports. The testwas run in cooperation with NokiaCorp., on a 5G base station, terminal and network core.

*Finnish media group Alma Media agreed to acquire Uusi Suomi, a Finnish news andblog service, Alma Media said.The acquisition is expected to be finalized Sept. 1. The purchase price was notdisclosed. Uusi Suomi's eight employees will transfer to Alma Media.

*TDC A/S increasedprices on the services of two of its cheaper brands, Telmore and Fullrate, Børsen reports.Since fall 2015, TDC has increased prices on mobile subscriptions, andcompetitors Telenor ASAand Telia Co. AB havefollowed suit.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

*Telecom Italia SpA'sinfrastructure unit INWIT is prepared to manage towers on behalf of Iliad oncethe latter enters the Italian market, Telecompaper reports,citing Il Sole 24 Ore. INWIT CEOOscar Cicchetti reportedly said he is following developments on Iliad'spurchase of assets to be divested from the proposed between 's and CK HutchisonHoldings Ltd.'s 3 Italia.

*Spanish consumer protection group FACUA filed a complaint against for charging €7.26on the porting of numbers to its MVNO brand Amena, Telecompaper reports,citing Cinco Dias. In its complaintbefore Spain's data protection agency, FACUA argued that the Orange unit cannotcharge such a fee as customers are paying the same company for the serviceprovided.

*Subscribers of VodafoneEspana's Red or One postpaid plans will be able to watch up to 32free TV channels from Aug. 18 as part of the TV Online Premium offer,Telecompaper reports.The offer, which can be activated via the Vodafone Group Plc unit's Mi Vodafoneapp, includes access to DTT channels such as TNT, Fox and beIN La Liga.

EASTERN EUROPE

*Akado Telecomappointed Mikhail Medrish as director of operations for its consumer brandKomkor, Digital TV Europe reports.Medrish was previously the head of nonprofit organization Internet SupportFoundation and chairman of Russia's Internet Coordination Center.

*Central European MediaEnterprises Ltd.-owned Slovak broadcaster TV Markiza will ceasebroadcasting its channels terrestrially from the start of 2017, Broadband TVNews reports,citing Medialne. TV Markiza, which will no longer renew its contract withnational transmission firm Towercom will instead boost its satellite, IPTV andcable operations, according to the report.

*Russia's NTV-Plusrebranded its movie channels and dropped Nika TV and a regional channel for theYamal region from its portfolio, Digital TV Europe reports.The rebrand turned channels NTV+ Premier to Kinosemya, NTV+ Kinohit to Kinohit,NTV+Kinoclub to Kinosvidaniye, NTV+ Kino HD to Kino Premier HD, NTV+ NasheNovoye Kino to Nashe Novoye Kino, Komediya TV to Komediya, NTV+  Kino+ to Kinomix, NTV+ Nashe Kino to RodnoyeKino and Indiya TV to Indiyskoye Kino.

FEATURED NEWS

: In this feature, S&P Global MarketIntelligence provides a roundup of news related to over-the-top,video-on-demand and other online video initiatives in different Asian markets.

: Apple Inc.CEO Tim Cook reportedly told China's vice premier that the company will buildan R&D center in the country, while Taiwan's movie-focused streamingservice Catchplay launched in Singapore.

: Amazon.com will exclusively premiere a new original seriesbased on Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner in 2017, while DISH Network'sSling TV unveiled the pricing and packaging details of the NFL Network and NFLRedZone.

: In this bi-weekly feature, S&PGlobal Market Intelligence provides a roundup of significant recent regulatoryevents in Europe.

: Pandora recorded the biggestgains in short interest among new media companies measured by SNL Kagan in thesecond half of July.

: Outerwall's short interest plummeted in lateJuly, landing the company on top of the list of media and entertainmentcompanies with the steepest declines in short interest.

: If 2015 was the year of mega mergers in thecable industry, 2016 is the year of buying into broadband.

: In this monthly feature,S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a roundup of news related toover-the-top, video-on-demand and other online video initiatives in differentAfrican and Middle Eastern markets.

: In this new feature, S&P Global Market Intelligencepresents a bi-weekly global roundup of the latest developments in technology.

FEATURED RESEARCH

:Leading multichannel operators refined their TV Everywhere offerings in 2016 tofocus on providing higher-quality content.

Sylvia Edwards Davis, AnneFreier, Charlotte van Hek and Esben Svendsen contributed to this report. TheDaily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external linksmay require a subscription.