Ericsson is obviously following a planned strategy that all video is IP-based and, at the same time, all video media--traditional broadcast, wireless and IPTV--are interrelated. The latest evidence of this ongoing strategy is Ericsson's announced plans to acquire U.K.-based media services company Red Bee Media.
British telecom giant Vodafone is taking a different approach to pay TV, reversing a trend by wireline providers to move their wares to wireless, by acquiring Germany's largest wireline pay TV company, Kabel Deutschland, and blending its operations into Vodafone's wireless business. Vodafone has tendered €7.7 billion ($10.11 billion) for the company that passes 15.3 million homes and will potentially help Vodafone's existing IPTV business via Deutschland Telekom.
DirecTV, which depends on wireline service providers for its broadband connections, is reportedly stepping up in the line of those queued to acquire broadband-dependent content provider Hulu.
Speculation about the Hulu auction continued to mount this week. The latest reports indicate AT&T may join with the Chernin Group on a bid for the online video site. Hulu is owned by Comcast, News Corp. and Walt Disney Co.
Manitoba Telecom Services will sell off its Allstream business to Accelero Capital Holdings, a Cairo-based investment group, for $540 million. The divestiture allows the carrier to go forward "as a pure-play telecom with a strong consumer franchise and significant free cash," said chief executive Pierre Blouin.
Apparently Google got a deal it couldn't refuse: an offer to purchase Provo, Utah's municipal fiber system for $1 to bring Google Fiber to the city.
By acquiring Microsoft's Mediaroom platform for an undisclosed amount, Ericsson finally made the move into IPTV everyone was anticipating. But, perhaps it made that move in a way no one within the wireline space thought would happen.
Updated: Ericsson officially purchased Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV platform today, allowing the software giant to dedicate its TV resources to its Xbox gaming platform and making Ericsson "the leading provider of IPTV and multi-screen solutions with a market share of over 25 percent," the two companies said.
CBS Corp. said it struck a deal to acquire a 50 percent stake in TV Guide Network, and that it'll convert TVGN into a new basic cable network focused on entertainment programming. It'll operate the network through a 50/50 partnership with Lionsgate.
Multiplatform advertising technology firm Invision said it acquired software development and consulting firm Theory M, and that it named former Cablevision executive Christina Barlow vice president and general manager of Theory M.