Vivendi ‘open’ to TIM network carve out

Vivendi has indicated that it may be open to the Italian state taking control of Telecom Italia’s (TIM) network infrastructure, a likely preliminary to the acquisition of TIM by US-based private equity outfit KKR. A Vivendi spokesperson told La Repubblica newspaper that the French company was interested in any outcome that promoted the efficiency of […]

Discovery bags AFCON streaming rights for Italy

Discovery has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to next month’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Italy. Discovery will stream all 52 matches from the tournament live from Cameroon on discovery+ from January 9 through to the final on February 6. The competition is of great interest to fans in Italy, with top Serie A […]

Pluto TV launches in Italy with 40 original channels

Pluto TV, the free ad-supported streaming service from ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) launches in Italy today, with 40 original channels across different genres available. Pluto TV is staking its claim as the first FAST service to launch in the country. , Italian viewers will have access to channels including: movie channels Pluto TV Romantic Films, Pluto TV […]

Comcast unveils global streaming device for Sky Q and Xfinity Flex

Comcast has publicly unveiled its new global wireless streaming device, the XiOne, that is initially available in Italy and Germany to Sky Q customers and will be rolled out in the US to Xfinity Flex customers. The launch in Europe, which is ongoing, marks the first time Sky’s video services are available via IP. Sky […]

ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV to launch in Italy

ViacomCBS-owned free streaming service Pluto TV is to launch in Italy on October 28.   According to ViacomCBS, PlutoTV will be Italy’s first Free ad-supported television (FAST) service and will complement Paramount+ when the premium streaming service launches in Italy next year. Pluto TV will launch on mobile via iOS and Android, desktop and Connected TV (CTV) devices, such as Samsung Tizen, LG Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Chromecast, and select channels […]

Mediaset on the up as it completes Dutch move

Mediaset has now moved its registered office to the Netherlands, fulfilling a long-ambition that was also long-delayed because of the dispute between the Italian media company and one of its major shareholders, Vivendi. Pier Silvio Berlusconi will now be CEO of Mediaset NV, the new Dutch registered company, with Fedele Confalonieri serving as chairman. Mediaset’s […]

Sky Nature launches in Italy and Germany

European pay-TV giant Sky and Smithsonian Networks-owned nature streaming brand Love Nature have expanded their five-year content deal in support of Sky Nature, to bring the channel to Italy and Germany. Launching in the UK last year, Sky Nature became the official, exclusive home of Love Nature series and documentary content in the country. The […]

Advertising growth lifts Mediaset to strong recovery

Strong growth in the advertising market in both Italy and Spain has lifted Mediaset’s first-half results above the level achieved in 2019 before the global pandemic struck, according to the company. Mediaset posted net revenues of €1.387 billion for the first half, up from €1.166 billion last year. The second quarter was particularly strong, with […]

Telecom Italia rolls out Android TV boxes from Technicolor

Telecom Italia (TIM) is rolling out advanced Android TV set-top boxes from Technicolor to support its TV service. TIM will tap the capabilities of the box to provide Italian households with access to premium services offered by broadcasters and over-the-top providers, including Netflix, Amazon, Infinity, Disney+ and DAZN. The STBs are based on Technicolor Connected […]

DAZN hit by Serie A problems as Sky, TIM reach agreements on bars

Sports streamer DAZN has begun streaming coverage of Italian Serie A football to the Italian domestic audience, but not without attracting criticism for the quality of its transmissions. The debut, featuring a match between Inter and Genoa, was hit by technical problems for around 10 minutes, attracting the wrath of social media users and of […]

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