Pay TV Operators

Mediaset makes move for Endemol

Mediaset and Clessidra have submitted a joint bid for Endemol. Pier Silvio Berlusconi, vice chairman of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, which is already a shareholder in the production and distribution giant, confirmed that it had teamed with private equity house Clessidra to make an offer for Endemol but added that the partners will not be drawn […]

Al Jazeera could launch IPO next year

Al Jazeera could launch an initial public offering in Qatar as early as next year, according to press reports. Olivier Gueris, chief operating officer of the Qatar exchange, told the Reuters news agency that Al Jazeera would like to list next year subject to regulatory approvals and market conditions. Gueris said that the Qatar government […]

Teo adds YouTube to IPTV service

Lithuanian telco Teo has added access to YouTube to its Gala IPTV service. Gala subscribers will be able to use their remote controls to sign into their profiles on YouTube and access lists of favourite videos. Videos will be displayed on the TV screen grouped into categories. YouTube via the TV will be available to […]

Mediaset news channel to go on air Monday

Mediaset’s news channel TgCom24 will officially begin broadcasting on Monday, following a pre-launch test phase. The channel will be available free to air on the Italian digital-terrestrial platform, on satellite and also on the web from the site. It will be also available via downloadable apps for smartphones and tablets. The channel will air […]

Al Jazeera looking to French Euro 2012 rights

Al Jazeera has made a €130 million bid for the French rights to the Euro 2012 championships, beating a rival offer from French broadcasters TF1 and M6, according to reports. RMC Sport/BFM TV has reported that the Qatari broadcasters has offered UEFA €130 million for the rights, beating TF1 and M6’s joint bid of €100 […]

Berlusconi departure could benefit Mediaset rivals

The departure of Silvio Berlusconi from political office will have wide-ranging implications for the Italian TV and media market including a shift of advertising from Berlusconi-family controlled broadcaster Mediaset to other broadcasters and platforms, according to analysts.
 Davide Tesoro-Tess, from the Value Partners consultancy, says that ad revenues will be spread more widely among Italian […]

Volkswagen turns to KIT Digital for interactive ads

Car maker Volkswagen is using KIT Digital’s technology to deliver red-button interactive advertising. Viewers will be able to press the red button and arrive to a “digital showroom” where they can view the new Volkswagen Beetle prototype. The interactive campaign will be available on HbbTV-based hybrid broadcast broadband TV and connected TV services. Kaleil Isaza […]

EC has concerns about Canal Plus Orange Cinéma Séries deal

The European Commission has expressed concerns about French pay TV operator Canal Plus’ proposed acquisition of a stake in rival Orange’s Orange Cinéma Séries channels, according to various reports. Canal Plus and Orange struck a deal in July a deal whereby the former would acquire 33.3% of Orange Cinéma Séries. However, French press have reported […]

Ofcom receives deluge of submissions on media plurality

UK media regulator Ofcom reportedly received over 45,000 submissions to its review of media plurality by last Friday’s deadline. The review was initiated following News Corp’s bid to acquire 100% of pay TV operator BSkyB, which was aborted as a result of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Ofcom received about 50 submissions […]

Telenet secures rights to remaining Jupiler League matches

Belgian cable operator Telenet has secured the rights to show all football matches from the country’s Jupiler League from next season, according to various Belgian press reports. Telenet, which had earlier secured non-exclusive rights to a limited number of games, will pay a reported additional €4.8 million a year on top of the €60 million […]