MediaForEurope sees brighter advertising prospects

MediaForEurope (MFE) expects an improvement in the advertising market in Italy in the last part of the year to help lift its results after it posted revenues slightly down and earnings slightly up for the first nine months of the year. The group, which encompasses Mediaset Italy and Spain along with a 26.28% stake in […]

Vivendi reacts with fury to TIM network sale to KKR

Vivendi has reacted furiously to Telecom Italia’s (TIM) board’s decision to accept an offer from private equity outfit KKR for TIM’s Italian fixed network. In a strongly worded statement, Vivendi, a major shareholder in the Italian telco, said that “shareholders’ rights have been trampled on” by a deal was approved without informing and requesting a […]

Rome court ups Vimeo fine after confirming Mediaset ruling

The Rome court of appeal, confirming an earlier ruling in a case brought by MediaForEurope/Mediaset against video-sharing site Vimeo for illicit redistribution of its programming, has upped the fine to be paid by the site to the claimant. The court, which had rejected Vimeo’s appeal against an earlier ruling, has now fined the group an […]

Sky Italia to be home of the United Rugby Championship in Italy

Sky Italia has secured a first-time deal with the BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) to make it the home of the international rugby league in Italy. The Comcast-owned broadcaster will air every Benetton and Zebre Parma game live, including other selected matches each weekend through to the 2024/25 season in the region. The partnership comes […]

Parrot Analytics: Netflix’s ‘One Piece’ debuts on top in Italy

Netflix’s One Piece has climbed to the top of Parrot Analytics’s latest report of top ten digital originals in Italy for the week ending 27 August – 02 September. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social […]

Serie A dangles threat of own service as it seeks to talk bids up

Italy’s Lega Serie A has scheduled a meeting next week that will include a discussion on TV rights when current contracts expire next year, with CEO Luigi de Siervo holding out the threat of the league going it alone with its own TV offering, the Lega channel, if bids do not meet expectations. As reported […]

Tivùsat taps Nagra cardless security to deliver DAZN

Italy’s Tivù Srl, operator of free-to-air satellite platform tivùsat, has extended its technology partnership with content security specialist Nagra to include cardless security solutions. The move is designed to enable Tivù to extend its premium sports lineup with DAZN sports content, and gives DAZN the opportunity to expand its service footprint across the tivùsat satellite […]

MFE sees first-half revenue and profit drop slightly

Mediaset-owner MediaForEurope’s (MFE) board has approved first-half financials that saw the group’s net revenue shrink slightly, pulled down by the general dip in the advertising market. However, the group was able to post a rise in operating profit after cutting costs by 2.2%. MFE has drawn the conclusion that Italy and Spain are probably better […]

Serie A clubs to mull improved offers for TV rights

Italy’s Serie A football league has received three improved offers for its latest tranche of TV rights, but no decision has yet been taken on which if any to accept. The three offers from DAZN, Mediaset and Sky will remain on the table until mid-October, but are unlikely to be changed further given the deadline […]

Fastweb taps Cisco and Qwilt for Open Caching-based CDN

Swisscom-owned Italian service provider Fastweb has tapped tech companies Cisco and Qwilt to bring their joint CDN solution, based on Open Caching, to the Italian market. The solution will enable Fastweb to rapidly increase network performance, support rising data volumes, and enhance streaming experiences for all its residential and business customers across Italy. Qwilt’s Open […]

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