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This week, Ofcom boss Sharon White suggested UK public service broadcasters should form a joint streaming service to take on Netflix, while the European Commission has approved Tele2's merger with Deutsche Telekom in the Netherlands.

In the content world, Netflix has secured rights to some books written by Roald Dahl with the intention of creating animated adaptations. Elsewhere, Amazon has picked up its first children's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for its series Tumble Leaf. African SVoD service Kwesé iflix is making a further push into original African content and France Télévisions is going to remove its content from YouTube, shortly following the announcement it was doing the same on Netflix. Streaming services continue to focus on emerging markets such as India, with a Spotify launch pegged to take place in the nation within the next six months.

It's been a big week for firsts as Japanese Public Broadcaster NHK will launch the world's first ever 8K channel next month while, in Germany, sports broadcaster Sports1 has launched Germany's first dedicated eSports channel. Over the weekend, Eleven Sports marked a Portuguese first by streaming a Bundesliga game for free through its Facebook page in Portugal. 


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