Comcast resilient, but Sky grapples with tough economic climate

Against a backdrop of economic volatility and seismic change in the media industry, Sky and NBC Universal owner Comcast managed to deliver a solid set of results for Q3 2022. For the quarter in question, revenues dipped 1.5% to $29.8 billion. For the first nine months of the year, the headline revenue figure was up […]

Samsung TV Plus adds Youlook in Sweden, Vivaldi in Spain and Italy

Samsung TV Plus continued to add channels to its FAST line-up in Europe, with the launch of two different services in different markets. FAST TV service Youlook has launched on Samsung TV Plus in Sweden. Headed by founder Ola Steinsrud, Youlook offers over 3,000 hours of premium curated content via its seven channels. Its initial […]

Netflix talks up ‘local plus variety’ response to subscriber challenge

Netflix is doubling down on its domestic-first commissioning focus as it attempts to stem subscriber decline around the world, with its head of EMEA, Larry Tanz, and Italian chief, Tinny Andreatta, talking up the “local plus variety” strategy. The streamer has been out in force at markets over recent months, including the Edinburgh TV Festival in the in August, as […]

Iliad Italia teams up with Fastweb for FTTH

Iliad Group’s Italian unit and Swisscom-owned Italian service provider Fastweb have signed an agreement under which Fastweb will provide iliad wholesale access to its FTTH network, enabling it to offer ultra high-speed broadband to users across Italy. The deal adds to iliad’s portfolio of wholesale agreements for fibre coverage and further consolidates its presence in […]

MFE sees revenues edge up and profits fall as outlook darkens

MediaForEurope (MFE), the media outfit that owns Mediaset’s Italian and Spanish operations, saw its revenue increase slightly in the first half despite a gathering economic storm fuelled by inflation, rising energy costs and the war in Ukraine thanks to a solid performance in Italy. MFE’s revenues for the first half amounted to €1.388 billion, up […]

Sky Glass goes on sale in Italy

Sky Glass, the pay TV operator’s integrated smart TV, has gone on sale in Italy. The Italian launch, which comes 11 months after Sky Glass started selling in the UK, will see smart TVs on sale, priced from €697 for a 43-inch model, €995 for a 55-inch version and €1,293 for a 65-inch model. Buyers […]

Iliad sees strong growth, boosted by Italy

French and international service provider Iliad Group has recorded strong second-quarter growth in its French and international markets, with notable growth in Italy. Despite what it described as an “extremely competitive context” in Italy, Iliad added 68,000 customers to its recently-launched fixed offering, as well as 257,000 mobile customers. In its core domestic French market, […]

Virgin Fibra launches into Italian FTTH market

Virgin Group is launching a new fibre-to-the-home operation in Italy, using the Open Fiber network. A new company, Virgin Fibra, headed by former Virgin Media and Sky Italia CEO Tom Mockridge is offering what it describes as a ‘pure fibre’ connection for €29.49 a month with no ongoing contract. The service provides 1Gbps internet downstream […]

DAZN hit by storm of criticism after renewed Serie A problems

Italian regulator AGCOM has intervened for a second time after sports streamer DAZN experienced technical problems streaming coverage of the new Serie A football season. The watchdog said it had asked DAZN to provide clarification and provide information on how it planned to resolve the issue. “Following serious problems registered during the transmission of the […]

Paramount+ to launch in Italy

US SVOD Paramount+ will launch in Italy on 15 September as part of its European rollout. It will debut with a slate of Italian originals including Circeo, a drama about the 1975 massacre; 14 Days, which tells the story of a couple forced into two weeks of seclusion; and Corpo Libero, a thriller based on the novel by Ilaria […]