加拿大數位平台Stingray放棄對美國電視音樂平台Music Choice的競標

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  • 加拿大數位平台Stingray放棄對美國電視音樂平台Music Choice的競標

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    ◎加拿大的數位平台Stingray已經撤回其要以1.2億美元收購美國的電視音樂平台Music Choice的要約。最初對買下Music Choice提出競標的包括Comcast、Charter和Sony等財團,都是在8月時提出的且充滿了「供應商友好條款」。Stingray則是引用其最近與Altice USA達成的將其50個頻道帶給該公司客戶群使用的分銷協議,作為其承諾要進軍美國市場的的證明。該公司表示,「我們相信Stingray有能力繼續成為美國策劃B2B和直接面向消費者服務的首選供應商。」

    ◎總部位於蒙特婁的Stingray Digital成立於1997年,經營多項業務,包括Music Choice的競爭對手Stingray Music,在美國可以在AT&T的U-verse服務上使用Stingray Music。多年來,Singray和Music Choice之間的關係一直有爭議;2016年,Music Choice將Stingray告上法庭,指控Stingray音樂頻道的屏幕格式對專利侵權。同年,Stingray在德州的一家法院提出反訴,聲稱這是一場「誹謗活動」,意在削弱其在美國的成長。

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    Canadian digital platform Stingray has pulled its $120 million offer to acquire U.S.-based TV music platform Music Choice. The original bid to Music Choice's consortium of owners, including Comcast, Charter and Sony, among others, had been made in August and was peppered with "vendor-friendly terms."

    "While we continue to see benefits in a combination of Music Choice with Stingray, we are extremely confident in our strategic direction and are excited by the significant opportunities before us," conceded Eric Boyko, president, co-founder and CEO of Stingray in a new statement.

    Stingray cited its recent distribution deal with Altice USA, bringing 50 of its channels to that company's customer base, as proof of its commitment to penetrating the U.S. market. "We believe Stingray is well-positioned to continue as the supplier of choice in the United States for curated B2B and direct-to-consumer services," the company said.

    Montreal-based Stingray Digital, founded in 1997, operates several properties including the Music Choice competitor Stingray Music, which in the U.S. can be found on AT&T's U-verse service. Singray and Music Choice have had a contentious relationship over the years. In 2016, Music Choice took Stingray to court in a lawsuit alleging patent infringement related to the on-screen formatting of Stingray Music channels. That same year, Stingray countersued in a Texas court, claiming it was a "smear campaign" meant to weaken its growth in the U.S.

     

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