More Merger Mania

Consolidation continues in the internet TV market as Jump TV arranges to acquire IPTV platform company NeuLion. After Jump TV's acquisition of Cycling TV, I had an inkling that Jump TV and Narrowstep, who provide Cycling's platform, would merge, but following a STB strategy makes some sense for Jump TV, who have clearly found their internet TV subscription model difficult to monetize - offering a STB tends to tie in viewers more and is perceived to carry greater value.

There is also the potential to widen Jump's sports portfolio through NeuLion's relationship with organisations such as the NHL.