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The Amp turned two this week, happy birthday to us. The news does not stop, however, with Amazon reportedly entering the bidding war for 22 regional Fox sports channels. Disney has to sell the channels as a condition of acquiring additional Fox assets. Netflix has confirmed its plans for a lower-priced, mobile-only offer in select markets, starting with Malaysia and India. It also scored a multi-film deal with Paramount. 


YouTube has begun including full movies on its standard service, while Discovery has partnered with Pluto TV to begin offering selected Discovery content through the ad-funded service.

A big merger in Australia is on the cards, with Fairfax Media shareholders agreeing to a combination with Nine Media; the two companies each have a 50% stake in Australian streaming platform Stan. In the UK, Sky has secured five year's worth of second-flight UK football from the EFL in a deal worth £595m, however many clubs believe it is undervaluing the league. 

In Spain, Orange has partnered with Spanish movie SVoD player FlixOlé, adding its service to the Orange TV platform, while Mediapro has launched a Spanish-language eSports streaming platform.

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TRT Int. Children's Media Conference: 28-29 November 2018, Istanbul, Turkey**
SportsPro OTT Summit: 28-29 November 2018, Madrid, Spain**
Asia TV Forum & Market: 5-7 December 2018, Singapore
CES: 8-11 January 2019, Las Vegas, USA
Berlinale Film Fest & Market: 7-17 February 2019, Berlin, Germany
MWC—Mobile World Congress: 25-28 February 2019, Barcelona, Spain
DISCOP Egypt: 26-28 February 2019, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
NAB: 6-11 April 2019, Las Vegas, USA
MIP TV: 8-11 April 2019, Cannes, France*
Cannes Film Festival & Market: 8-19 May 2019, Cannes, France
LA Screenings: 15-23 May, Los Angeles, USA
DISCOP Ivory Coast: 29-31 May 2019, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
ANGA COM: 4-6 June 2019, Cologne, Germany
MIP China: 5-7 June 2019, Hangzhou, China
NEM: 10-13 June 2019, Dubrovnik, Croatia
International Animation Film Festival & Market: 10-15 June 2019, Annecy, France
Cannes Lions: 17-21 June 2019, Cannes, France
CTAM Europe Exec. Mgmt. Programme: 25-29 June 2019, Fontainebleau, France
IBC: 12-17 September 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands
MIP Junior: 12-13 October 2019, Cannes, France*
MIPCOM: 14-17 October 2019, Cannes, France*

*Ampere will be attending
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