Italy


Swisscom sees modest but solid TV growth in tough market

Swiss service provider Swisscom saw modest but solid growth in its TV base in the third quarter, adding 11,000 new customers, which contributed to an overall rise of 30,000 or 2% in the TV total year-on-year. The quarter also saw a modest return to growth in fixed broadband, with 3,000 new customers. Overall, Swisscom’s residential […]

Sky in five-year output deal with HBO

Comcast-backed pay TV operator Sky has secured a five-year extension to its output deal with HBO and is set to co-produce on series being created for WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streamer HBO Max, our sister title TBI has learned. The extension to the output deal, which has previously delivered Sky with HBO hits such as Game Of Thrones, Watchmen and True […]

Telecom Italia names Rossi as new chairman

Telecom Italia has named Salvatore Rossi as the company’s new chairman, replacing Fulvio Conti. The telco said it had granted Rossi the powers of chairman including the right to take part in the company’s strategic committee. Conti resigned in September in a move that is seen as potentially smoothing the way for an agreement between […]

Viacom takes full control of Italy’s Super!

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN has acquired the 50% of Super Broadcast S.R.L, which owns and operates the free-to-air (FTA) kids’ TV channel, Super, that it does not already own from De Agostini Editore. The move adds the channel to Viacom Italy’s portfolio. Super! is a free-to-air kids channel in Italy focused on children ages 4-14 […]

Mediaset completes withdrawal rights count

Mediaset has completed the count of shareholders intending to exercise withdrawal rights ahead of its planned merger with Mediaset España and creating of a new Dutch-registered holding company, MediaForEurope (MFE). Mediset said that withdrawal rights had been exercised for 492,691 shares, or 0.0417% of the total outstanding sharehs in the omcpany, meanting that the shares […]

Vivendi files for damages against Mediaset in Italy

Vivendi has followed up the legal action it initiated to disrupt the creation of Mediaset’s new European holding company in the Netherlands by filing a suit against the company in Italy. Mediaset said it had received a writ of summons from the French media giant requesting the Court of Milan to annul the resolution in […]

Italian authorities launch tax probe into Netflix

The Milan Public Prosecutor has opened an investigation into possible tax avoidance by Netflix in Italy, according to press reports. According to Il Corriere della Sera, chief prosecutor Francesco Greco has charged deputy Gaetano Ruta with investigating Netflix’s tax affairs, even though the company does not have a physical presence in the country in the […]

Mediaset sees revenues slide and profits rise, marks progress on MFE

Mediaset has posted increased profits on reduced revenues in the first half, with the top line hit by the loss of pay TV revenues from Mediaset Premium and lower advertising sales in both Italy and Spain. Costs were also down due to the absence of the 2018 World Cup and the loss of football rights […]

Serie A delays Mediapro decision to October 14

The Italian football league has once again delayed its decision on Mediapro’s bid for Serie A rights.  The body had initially set a deadline of September 30, which was delayed by a week to October 7. This latest delay adds another week to that, with the new deadline set for October 14. The extra time […]

Telecom Italia chairman Conti may exit

Telecom Italia (TIM) chairman Fulvio Conti is considering resigning after just over a year in the role. Conti on Thursday confirmed a report by Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica that he was considering quitting, citing easing tensions between warring Telecom Italia shareholders Vivendi and Elliott Management. According to a separate report by Reuters, Conti’s resignation could […]

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