Netflix has launched a new mobile-only subscription option in India, priced at 199 rupees ($2.88) per month, less than half the cost of its Basic plan, which is 499 rupees per month. After missing Q2 subscriber targets, the streaming giant hopes this lower-priced option will help it compete with its aggressively priced competitors in India such as Amazon, which charges 129 rupees per month or 999 per year for its full Prime service.

The European Commission has approved a EUR 18.6bn deal between British mobile operator Vodafone and Liberty Global for Vodafone to take over Liberty's Czech Republic, German, Hungarian and Romanian cable businesses, on conditions including granting competitor Telefónica access to its shared cable network in Germany.

Malaysia-based streaming service Iflix is shuttering its operations in the Middle East to focus more on its core Southeast Asia markets. ITV and the BBC will launch BritBox, the free-to-air broadcasters' joint SVoD venture, in the UK at the end of this year, with ITV initially holding a 90% stake and BBC 10%.

Virgin Media has struck a deal with Amazon to make Amazon Prime Video available through their V6 box for the first time, while Russian DTH operator Tricolor plans to launch its own SVoD service in October this year. WarnerMedia has said its new streaming offering, HBO Max, set to launch next spring, will hopefully include a mix of live sports and news programming in the future. Canadian broadcast group Bell Media has struck a deal to acquire linear network V along with related digital assets, including the ad-supported VoD service, from Groupe V Media.

CBS and AT&T remain locked in a battle over a new re-transmission contract, culminating in CBS channels going dark for viewers using AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse platforms, affecting around 6.6 million homes. The Italian Ministry of Economic Development has published a new timeline for the transition to DVB-T2 technology for TV broadcasting, hoping to start the process in September 2021.

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