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Sky, Discovery reach last-minute deal; MásMóvil Ibercom buys Llamaya

TOP NEWS

* Sky plc announced that it will continue to carry 12 Discovery Communications Inc. channels after the companies reached an 11th-hour carriage deal. In addition to the 12 Discovery channels available on Sky, the namesake Discovery Channel will also continue to be available on NOW TV.

* MásMóvil Ibercom SA completed its purchase of Llamaya mobile brand from More Minutes Comunications SL worth €29.7 million, Reuters reports. The deal also includes a variable payment of up to €12 million, payable sometime within 2018 to 2019, following certain operating conditions.

PAN-EUROPEAN

* The EU agreed to cap wholesale charges that telecom operators pay when customers use their messaging, calling and surfing services, Reuters reports, citing a tweet by the European Commission vice president for the digital single market, Andrus Ansip.

UK AND IRELAND

* Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s U.K. division inked a first-look deal with British production outfit Bonafide Films. The deal will grant Lions Gate U.K. projects for worldwide distribution, according to a news release.

* James Corden acquired a stake and became an official partner at U.K. production company Fulwell 73, which produces "The Late Late Show with James Corden" aired at CBS Corp. in the U.S., TBI Vision reports.

* Arqiva Ltd.'s owners are preparing the sale of the U.K.-based broadcast towers operator for as much as £6 billion, London's The Daily Telegraph reports, citing City sources. The sale is reportedly expected to draw interest from other towers operators such as Cellnex Telecom and foreign investor consortiums, including Chinese funds.

* The British Broadcasting Corp. unit BBC Studios won the tender for the production of game show "A Question of Sport," TBI Vision reports. Late in 2016, the broadcasting company put some of its shows to tender in the goal of becoming more open to other commercial companies.

* Channel 4 (UK)'s VOD service Walter Presents will launch in the U.S. in March, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The service will be offered as an SVOD service for $6.99 per month.

* Channel 5 (UK)'s Ninder Billing is stepping down as factual commissioner of the Viacom Inc. unit late in February, Broadcast reports. Billing intends to return to production and is in talks for a new role in the indie sector.

* Former BBC executive Katie McAleese joined London- and Paris-based production company Big Light Productions Ltd. as creative director, according to a news release. McAleese's responsibilities will include developing and producing original British drama.

* Ofcom has opened consultation for new regulatory fees for on-demand program services that would take effect beginning the financial year 2017-2018, according to a news release. This move comes after the British regulator became the sole regulator of such content.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE may acquire Austrian TV company ATV over the coming days, reports Finanzen. ATV has been in the red for a while now and previously discussed takeover offers with German broadcaster RTL Group.

* German public broadcaster ARD extended the licensing contract to broadcast the Tour de France, reports DWDL. Despite a drop in viewers due to a former doping scandal, ARD has extended the contract with the Amaury Sport Organisation.

* Marika Lulay is the new head of the executive board of Stuttgart-based technology consultancy GFT Technologies, making her the second head of a TecDax company, reports Handelsblatt.

* The Kommission für Zulassung und Aufsicht confirmed that the live stream of the Handball WM 2017 via Deutsche Kreditbank would require a license, reports Meedia.

FRANCE

* SFR Group's SFR Play app is now available in France through any operator at €9.99 per month and is accessible via mobile, tablet, PC or TV via Google Inc.'s Chromecast and Apple Inc.s Airplay, according to a news release. Google is a unit of Alphabet Inc.

* QVC France CEO Steve Bridgeman said that QVC is no longer just a TV channel as 53% of all sales are now online via QVC's e-commerce site, Usine Digitale reports.

* Bouygues Telecom Deputy CEO Didier Casas is taking a sabbatical to join presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign, Les Echos reports. He will be an adviser on matters of defense, security, immigration and secularism.

* The French audit court Cour des Comptes deems that the objective to cover the country with very high-speed internet by 2022 is not attainable. While the objective of covering 50% of the territory by 2017 is within reach, the total investment required for the program is in the range of €34.9 billion rather than the €20 billion originally earmarked.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* RTL Group said that it decided not to exercise an option to acquire the remaining 49% of Canadian multiplatform network company BroadbandTV. The European broadcaster will explore all strategic alternatives for BroadbandTV in partnership with the latter's minority shareholders.

* Following the non-binding, conditional offer received from Talpa Holding, Telegraaf Media Group said it decided to grant Talpa access to information relevant for the valuation of TMG, which at an earlier stage had also been provided to Mediahuis and VP Exploitatie.

* Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn announced that it will be launching its own online TV channel Appie Today, with daily content about food and trends, FD reports. Albert Heijn intends to get their own video platform in the future but its videos can already be viewed via external channels such as YouTube.

* Tele2 Netherlands will be introducing sim-only subscriptions that can be terminated on a monthly basis and will also allow customers of an iPhone 6 or higher to make VoLTE calls, making use of the provider's 4G network, GSMHelpdesk reports.

* Belgian provider Proximus has been cleared of breaking EU net neutrality regulations via its "favorite app offer," regulator BIPT has found, Emerce reports. Proximus' deal allowed customers to select one favorite app and receive free data for the app's usage, up to a defined limit, an offer the Belgian Minister of Telecom considered to be possibly discriminatory.

* A collaboration of Dutch companies within the entertainment sector launched FILM.NL, a free app which allows users to quickly and safely search for legally available films and series, to discourage piracy, reports De Volkskrant. The collaboration consists of film producers, distributors, broadcasters and online providers.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Telenor ASA's Indian arm is exploring a merger with Indian mobile network operator Aircel and telecom company Reliance Communications Ltd., via a share swap, The Economic Times of India reports. According to sources, Telenor would own a 10% stake in a three-way alliance.

* The Swedish government has no plans to sell its stake in telecom group Telia Co. AB, Affärsvärlden reports. Minister of Enterprise Mikael Damberg said that the government has not changed its position, even though it has been reported that Telia is frustrated by the many compromises the government's dominating board position leads to.

* Telecom group 3's Danish arm gained 47,000 new customers in 2016 and had an operating profit of 633 million kroner before taxes, financial expenses and depreciation and amortization in its Danish operations last year, Børsen reports.

* Swedish fixed line operator Com Hem said that it is likely to cut jobs as part of a reorganization connected with its acquisition of Boxer last year. The acquisition gave Com Hem a 40% rise in revenue in the fourth quarter, to 1.78 million Swedish kronor.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Telefónica SAs Movistar+ retained exclusive rights to show MotoGP races via pay-TV channel Movistar MotoGP, locking out free-to-air broadcasters, Rapid TV News reports. The renewed deal covers the entire 2017 MotoGP season, beginning at the end of March.

* Spanish police raided a Madrid store for the sale of illegal beIN SPORTS decoders, Rapid TV News reports, citing Mediapro. A total of 26 set-top boxes were reportedly seized inside the shop, as the owner faces charges of violating intellectual property and communication laws.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Discovery Communications agreed to sub-license rights for two Olympic Games to Telewizja Polska SA, Broadband TV News reports. The deal allows the Polish public broadcaster to provide multiplatform coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2020 Summer Olympics.

* Telia Co. AB's Lithuanian operations will now be collectively referred to as Telia Lietuva AB, according to a post on the latter's website. The name change follows the merger of TEO LT AB, mobile operator Omnitel Communications and data center business Baltic Data Center.

* Oracle Corp. is not planning to build its own data centers in Russia to comply with the country's legal requirements on data storage, Telecompaper reports, citing Cnews.ru. The U.S. tech company will instead use its hybrid Cloud Machine solution and connect a public cloud to Russian data centers.

* Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service launched a probe into MegaFon's move in December 2016 to hike roaming rates by 20% to 2,200% across 38 states nationwide, Telecompaper reports, citing Vedomosti. The telco could pay a fine of up to 1 million Russian rubles if found guilty of violating the country's antitrust laws.

* Two top executives at the now-closed Russian online content aggregator Moyo TV joined pay TV operator Tricolor TV, Telecompaper reports, citing Tdaily.ru. Moyo TV's former CEO Andrey Kholodny and former Deputy CEO Georgiy Prutkovskiy will develop new services for Tricolor TV.

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FEATURED RESEARCH

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