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After revealing in May 2014 plans to create what has been called Sky Europe, BSkyB has announced that it has acquired from 21st Century Fox 100% of Sky Italia and taken a 57.4% stake in Sky Deutschland.

A survey from ABI research has found that developing nations are leading the charge when it comes to operator spending on middleware, conditional access, DRM and other back-office software elements.

In a move that will include the debut of upcoming Marvel and Pixar films in the country as well as Cyprus, Greece's leading pay-TV provider Nova has renewed its licence agreement with Disney.

Telefónica doesn't want the purchase of Canal+ to be looked at by the European Commission, believing that the operation should be only analysed in Spain.

beIN Sports has announced that its live streaming platform, beIN Sports Play, has become beIN Sports Connect.

The worldwide pay-TV market continued to grow in the first quarter of 2014 with, said ABI Research, the total base expected to surpass 936.4 million at the end of 2014, generating $280.4 billion in service revenue.

Singapore's MediaCorp and SingTel mio TV are broadcasting sporting action from the Glasgow 2104 Commonwealth Games starting on 23 July.

In a further part of its strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution, BSkyB has taken a 70% stake in UK Indie Love Productions.