A wave of acquisitions swept the traditional TV space this week as France's Canal+ agreed to buy emerging-markets satellite pay TV group M7 for €1bn, expanding its footprint across seven new markets in Benelux and central Europe.

Continuing in its battle against the competitive onslaught of Netflix, French commercial TV group M6 has struck a €215m deal with Lagardère to acquire its free and pay TV channels, including the Gulli, Canal J and Tiji kids' channels. Meanwhile Italy's Mediaset has bought a 9.6% stake in German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, signalling a possible move towards the wider realignment of European broadcasters. In Malta, cable group Melita has been acquired by EQT Infrastructure.

Over in Hollywood, expansive talent agency-cum-production and distribution group, Endeavor, has filed for an IPO. Netflix continues to see Middle Eastern promise, ordering its first Egyptian drama, an adaptation of Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s Paranormal. The new show will be the streamer's third Arabic-language original. Amazon will launch its channels service in the French market at the end of May, with prices ranging from €3.00 to €5.00 a channel. Services from Lagardère, Mediawan, and the US Starz will be available at launch.

Regulator Ofcom is hoping to boost UK fibre rollout with a new draft ruling to extend access to BT Openreach's telegraph poles and underground ducts. While for UK consumers, soccer's coming home to free TV after ITV and BBC agreed a four-year broadcast rights deal for the Emirates FA Cup, meaning the tournament will be shown exclusively on free-to-air television from 2021. The rights were previously held by BT Sport. In France, Canal+ and Altice France have struck a deal to make all English Premier League matches available to Altice France’s RMC Sport customers for the next three seasons.

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