Federal Communications Commission

FCC allows Televisa to up Univision stake

Mexican broadcasting giant Televisa is set to significantly up its stake in Hispanic US network Univision after America’s media regulator okayed the plan. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday greenlit a joint petition from Televisa and Univision to allow the former to increase its 14% voting interest and 10% equity stake. This means New York-listed Televisa […]

FCC approves Altice’s $17.7bn Cablevision deal

The Federal Communications Commission has approved Altice’s US$17.7 billion (€15.7 billion) deal to acquire US cable player Cablevision. In a memo released yesterday, the US regulator said that the deal is “unlikely to result in any significant public interest harms” and that approving the deal “serves the public interest”. “We find that the transaction is […]

Charter’s $78bn TWC takeover gets greenlight

One of US cable’s biggest-ever merger is set to go ahead after the antitrust regulators okayed Charter Communication’s US$78 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. The Department of Justice said it had permitted the deal, and Charter’s related US$10.4 billion acquisition of Bright House Networks from Advance/Newhouse Partnership, with conditions. Comcast was stopped from buying […]

Netflix wants AT&T/DirecTV merger ended in current form

Streaming service Netflix has urged American regulators to stop the merger of satellite broadcaster DirecTV and US telco AT&T in its current proposed form. In a filing made to the Federal Communications Commission this week, Netflix claimed the new company’s “ability and incentive to harm OVDs [online video distributors]” would increase if the two firms […]