News of Note—Verizon, Sky, Dish, Fox and more

News of note

> Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that although there’s a lot of M&A movement right now, his company largely ignores any interest. He also said that it’s still unclear if AT&T’s $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner is going to get approved and that it will take some time for Disney’s $52.4 billion deal for Fox to shake out. FierceVideo story

> In a blow to 21st Century Fox, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said its proposed $15 billion takeover of satellite TV company Sky would harm competition and consumers. Variety story

> Taking aim at homes with only one or two televisions, Dish Network has launched a stripped down, two-tuner version of its popular DVR called the Hopper Duo. Multichannel News story 

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> Advanced advertising company 605 has hired Sal Romanello as general counsel. Multichannel News story

> Lionsgate premium network Starz is heading north to Canada thanks to a new long-term deal with Bell Media. FierceVideo story

> Although all of its major competitors are pushing bundles of video services with their respective wireless offerings, Verizon’s management argued the company is doing just fine without such subscriptions. FierceWireless story