Italy


Mediaset buys up more of ProSiebenSat.1 fuelling merger speculation

Mediaset has effectively doubled its stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 since last year with a fresh acquisition of shares by its Spanish unit, fuelling speculation about its intentions and the possibility of a takeover bid. The Italian media company announced yesterday that Mediaset España, its Spanish unit with which it plans to merge under […]

Sky Italia secures reversal of ban on exclusive Mediaset online deal

Sky Italia has secured a lifting of restrictions imposed on it by the Italian competition regulator over its deal with Mediaset. The watchdog last year imposed a three-year ban that stopped the pay TV operator from distributing exclusive content from Mediaset on its online platform. A regional administrative court has overturned the ban, which relates […]

Vivendi and Mediaset in move and countermove as merger battle rages on

Mediaset has withdrawn the filing of its Dutch merger project in the Netherlands in the face of the threat of fresh legal action by arch-rival Vivendi and has counterattacked by launching its own lawsuit. Mediaset said that the French media giant had threatened legal action on the grounds that the merger plan filed by Mediaset […]

Vivendi makes fresh legal move in Italy to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi and Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which it has put the bulk of its stake in Mediaset in trust to meet Italian media ownership rules, have taken legal action in Italy to overturn a Milan court’s rejection of its bid to freeze the creation of a pan-European holding company that will house the merged […]

Dutch court rejects Vivendi move to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi has suffered a reverse in its ongoing battle to prevent the creation of a new merged Mediaset group after a Dutch court rejected an attempt by the French media giant to have the creation of Mediaset’s proposed Dutch-registered holding company for the venture suspended. The court ruled that there were no grounds to suspend […]

Mediaset gives itself extra time after Spanish court rejects merger appeal

Mediaset has filed its plan to merge its Italian and Spanish unites with the Dutch register of companies in a move that gives it extra time to complete the project after it suffered a fresh legal reverse in Spain. According to Reuters, citing an unnamed source, the filing gives Mediaset a further six months to […]

Mediaset España shareholders approve MFE but court maintains suspension of plan

An extraordinary general meeting of Mediaset España’s shareholders this week approved amendments to the articles of association of the planned holding company that will house Mediaset’s merged Italian and Spanish arms, further clearing the way for the implementation of the plan. However, a Spanish court hearing yesterday has maintained its suspension of the plan and […]

Vivendi to appeal as Italian court rejects bid to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi has vowed to appeal a court ruling in Milan that rejected its request to suspend the creation of Mediaset’s new combined pan-European holding company – MediaForEurope – to house the merged Italian and Spanish arms of the company. The French media giant criticised the court ruling, arguing that it had limited itself to evaluating […]

Travelxp 4K in HDR launches on Tivùsat

4K UHD HDR travel channel Travelxp 4K has launched on Italian free-to-view satellite paltform Tivùsat. Travelxp 4K, which lays claim to be the world’s first 4K HDR channel, launched in Ultra HD in January 2017 on SES’s Ultra HD distribution platform in North America,  Eutelsat’s Hotbird platform at 13° East in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and the SES […]

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