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September 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
ESPN and French Firms to Buy Sports Network: The European Community cleared the purchase of the European Sports Network, Europe's second-largest sports television network, by Connecticut-based ESPN and two French companies. Besides ESPN, which is controlled by Capital Cities-ABC Inc., the buyers are Generale d'Images, the TV arm of French utilities giant Compagnie Generale des Eaux, and Canal Plus, a French pay-TV channel. The seller is British book and stationery retailer W. H. Smith.
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September 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
ESPN and French Firms to Buy Sports Network: The European Community cleared the purchase of the European Sports Network, Europe's second-largest sports television network, by Connecticut-based ESPN and two French companies. Besides ESPN, which is controlled by Capital Cities-ABC Inc., the buyers are Generale d'Images, the TV arm of French utilities giant Compagnie Generale des Eaux, and Canal Plus, a French pay-TV channel. The seller is British book and stationery retailer W. H. Smith.
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December 11, 2001 | Bloomberg News
ESPN Inc., the sports network owned by Walt Disney Co., said it will introduce a new European sports network dedicated to classic sporting events starting in France next year. The company will inaugurate its service in France, where it aims to reach 2.5 million subscribers through TPS and CanalSatellite, the country's satellite-TV operators. ESPN plans to expand to other European markets over the following years.
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November 27, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Discovery Communciations has developed a taste for Middle Eastern food. The cable programming giant whose holdings include Discovery Channel and TLC has struck a deal to acquire Dubai-based Takhayal Entertainment, the parent company of Fatafeat, a popular food network in the region. "The acquisition of Takhayal, the premier company for cuisine and culinary programming in the Middle East, significantly strengthens our portfolio in this important region and adds content in a genre that has proved popular with our viewers around the globe," said  Mark Hollinger, chief executive of Discovery Networks International.  Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but people with knowledge of the transaction put the price at less than $10 million.
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November 13, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Cable programming giant Discovery Communications is in talks to form a strategic partnership with French media holding company TF1 Group, parent of the powerful European sports network Eurosport. Discovery said in a statement that if the negotiations are successful it would invest in TF1's pay television unit and that the two companies would enter into a "mutually beneficial production relationship. " Eurosport is the asset Discovery is most interested in as it reaches 123 million households, according to TF1's website.
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July 20, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
On a fall Sunday early last decade, a young reporter living in Berlin wanted to follow a regular-season NFL game being played by his favorite team. But he had few means to do so. The closest American-themed sports bar was 20 miles away. An online written account would offer only scant details and hardly in real time. Television wasn't an option; the lone European sports network was four hours into a Formula One marathon. The reporter hit upon a solution: He called a family member in the U.S. and asked him to turn on a radio play-by-play call.
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