Format: Nov 2015
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Valuing Chrysalis music publishing assets

Chrysalis, the music publishing company, is for sale and expressions of interest have been received from EMI Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, SonyATV as well as a small number of private equity companies, with final bids due this week

Media, Music and Radio 24 January 2008
Carphone Warehouse December quarter: growth increasingly challenging, but downside protected

Distribution growth improved considerably (retail grew 13% versus 8% last quarter), with strong contract sales more than counteracting a relatively weak prepay performance

  • Carphone Warehouse
Telecoms, Mobile 22 January 2008
News Corporation takes its second bite at German pay-TV

Unity Media sold its 14.58% stake in German pay-TV operator Premiere to News Corporation at the start of 2008, prompting speculation of a full takeover by News Corporation later in the year

  • Sky Deutschland
  • News Corp
Media, TV, Non-UK Media 21 January 2008
Will Google buy Yell?

Rumours that Google was acquiring Yell emerged at the end of last week, but we doubt the search giant would be interested in purchasing a traditional media company, particularly not one predominantly in print

  • Yell
  • Google
Media, Internet 17 January 2008
GCap Media - the end of the road

Since its creation in 2005, GCap Media has singularly failed to deliver its shareholders either a return on their investment or a coherent, strategic vision of its future, rendering the company increasingly vulnerable to takeover

Media, Music and Radio 11 January 2008
French football auction: Canal+ won’t pay more for rights

To draw in competitors to Canal+, French football Ligue 1 broadcasting rights are being tendered in 12 lots, offered in three sequential auctions (non-premium Fans matches, Premium, highlights)

  • Canal Plus
TV, Media, Non-UK Media 20 December 2007
H3G/T-Mobile network sharing: joining at the hip

H3G and T-Mobile have agreed to fully share their 3G networks, with their networks being roughly doubled to a combined 13,000 sites over the next two years

  • T-Mobile
  • Hutchison 3G
Telecoms, Mobile 20 December 2007
UK DTV Homes Platform Forecasts: 2003-2017

Just as digital switchover (DSO) has finally begun, TV broadband convergence is beginning to make its mark in the UK following the launch of hybrid broadcast reception and IPTV services over DSL. In this context, UK DTV Homes Platform Forecasts: 2003-2017 updates our long-term DTV platform homes forecasts from 2006 (UK DTV Platform Growth [2006-40]), covering the digital satellite (DST), cable (DCT) and terrestrial (DTT) platforms

Media, TV, Telecoms, Fixed Line 20 December 2007
UK broadband market Q3 2007

At 30th September 2007 there were approximately 15.1 million fixed broadband subscribers in the UK and residential broadband penetration was approximately 54%. BT remains the country’s largest broadband provider supplying more than 4 million lines, while BSkyB remains the fastest growing ISP

  • BT
  • Sky
Telecoms, Fixed Line 19 December 2007
Emap – can't get used to losing you

Emap’s sale last week of its consumer magazine and radio divisions to H. Bauer, the German privately-held publisher, for £1.14 billion is nothing short of miraculous given declining consumption and advertising trends in those business sectors currently, and for 2008

Media, Press, Music and Radio 14 December 2007
Iliad and 3G – the black hole beckons

Iliad is getting ever closer to securing the French 4th 3G licence on terms with which it is happy, with progress slow but seemingly inevitable, and a licence award likely in H2 2008 followed by service launch in 2010

  • Iliad
Mobile, Telecoms, Non-UK Telecoms 13 December 2007
Google, the US 700MHz auction, and futurology

Google has announced that it will be bidding for 700MHz spectrum in the US, after the FCC adopted most of the ‘open access’ provisions for which it lobbied

  • Google
Telecoms, Mobile 4 December 2007
TF1: unchallenged leadership in an uncertain market

After two quarters that have fallen short of earlier guidance, TF1 Q3 results have at last met more subdued investor expectations of marginal growth in flagship TF1 channel advertising revenues in a total market expected to increase by about 4.5% in 2007, chiefly due to digital growth

  • TF1
Media, TV, Non-UK Media 30 November 2007
Mobile revenue growth: September 2007 quarter and outlook

European mobile revenue growth dropped again to 1.4% from 2.8% last quarter, although the roaming cuts mandated by the EU do approximately explain the drop

Mobile, Telecoms, Non-UK Telecoms 28 November 2007
Cable & Wireless half year results to September 2007: International weak but encouraging progress in UK

International performance was hit by problems in Jamaica and was weak generally except for Panama and Macau

  • Cable & Wireless
Telecoms 15 November 2007
Vodafone 2007/08 interim results: guidance up, but performance down

Vodafone’s European revenue growth has dropped again in the latest quarter, both relative to the prior quarter and its competitors, with Spain performing particularly poorly

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms 14 November 2007
BT FY 2007/2008 Q2 results: reasonable overall EBITDA performance but concerns on 21CN remain

Overall growth in revenue and EBITDA remained adequate, in spite of a poor quarter at BT Wholesale

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 13 November 2007
Waiting for Googlephone

Google has announced that, alongside other industry partners, it is to create ‘Android’, a new operating system for mobile phones which is designed to facilitate the design and use of 3rd party applications, and which is planned to be in handsets from H2 2008

  • Google
Telecoms, Mobile 9 November 2007
Virgin Media Q3 2007 results: some better news but sustained improvement in cash flow growth remains distant

Telecoms subscriber growth has improved sharply but this has been achieved at the expense of ARPU growth; revenue continues to decline

Apparent weaknesses in its Q3 2007 results notwithstanding, Premiere has a good chance of meeting its FY 2007 guidance targets of €1 billion in revenues and €80-100 million in EBITDA after recovering marketing rights to live televised domestic football

Uncertainties over football rights from September 2009 remain and doubts persist about long-term growth in a market where 95% of homes receive 30+ free-to-air (FTA) domestic TV channels. Even with News Corporation’s extra know-how, climbing from 3.53 million (end of Q3 2007) to 4 million direct subscribers will take some push, while 5 million looks a distant dream

  • Virgin Media
Telecoms, Media 9 November 2007
Sky FY 2008 Q1 results: strong underlying performance

The pay-TV business is performing well, helped by the ‘halo’ effect from broadband; we view the unexpectedly sharp drop in operating profit as a temporary result of record quarterly take-up of Sky+

  • Sky
TV, Media 6 November 2007