Mediapro renews FTA rights to LaLiga

Spanish producer and distributor Mediapro has renewed domestic free-to-air and highlights rights for Spanish top-tier football for the next three seasons. Gol, the digital-terrestrial sports channel owned by the Catalan outfit, will continue to be the destination channel for free-to-air LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank matches and all the game highlights for the next three […]

Spanish court finds against football federation in Mediapro row

A Spanish court has condemned Spain’s football federation, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF), for abusing its dominant position by excluding producer and broadcaster Mediapro from its tender for rights to Copa del Rey competition in 2019. The judgement by the Madrid commercial court is the third consecutive against the RFEF in cases that […]

Mediapro secures green light to acquire Argentinian Fox Sports channels

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has secured regulatory approval to acquire three Fox Sports channels owned by The Walt Disney Company in Argentina. Mediapro secured a green light from the National Antitrust Comission (CNDC) to acquire the three channels, which passed into Disney’s ownership as a result of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The […]

UHD Spain tests hybrid TV transmissions

Spanish UHD industry association UHD Spain has begun broadcasting via hybrid television. Viewers can tune their smart TVs to a digital terrestrial channel in their region and use the red button on their remote control to access via HbbTV live 4K content offered by UHD Spain across the country. The hybrid access has been implemented […]

UHD Spain launches first UHD HDR SDR simulcast on terrestrial, satellite and streaming

The non-profit association UHD Spain, which was founded in January by with 30 industry partners, has kicked off simulcast UHD HDR and SDR demonstration broadcasts via terrestrial, satellite and streaming. UHD Spain said that this first simulcast consolidates its commitment to develop a collaborative framework around new audiovisual technologies, and in particular UHD, to demonstrate […]

Mediapro to create ‘home of Chinese football’ with Super League deal

Mediapro has agreed a deal with the Chinese Football Association to “commercialise” the international media rights to the Chinese Super League, China League One and League Two. The three-year deal covers 2021-23, and has an option to extend for a further two years.  In an effort to grow exposure of the CSL overseas, Mediapro has […]

Day of reckoning for LFP as deadline for new Ligue 1 bids arrives

Today marks the deadline for tenders for the rights to top-tier French football after the French professional football body the LFP was forced to re-auction them following Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro’s failure to maintain payments. The deadline arrives amid uncertainty about the outcome of the process and legal action by the most likely bidder, […]

Serie A moves to second stage of rights bidding, with no offer from Amazon

Serie A is set to move into the next round of its domestic rights sale with no parties reaching the Italian league’s pricing rights. The league’s CEO Luigi De Siervo confirmed that there had been bids made by Sky, DAZN, Mediapro and Discovery, with Amazon being notable in its absence. The league had demanded €1.15 […]

Business rethink on the cards for Mediapro, Roures confirms

The boss of Mediapro has admitted that the company needs to rethink its business strategy following the implosion of its French Ligue 1 broadcasting deal after less than six months. The Sino-Spanish company made shockwaves in 2018 when it picked up the main rights package to France’s Ligue 1, but that was short-lived with Mediapro […]

Canal+ taking legal action over football auction move

French pay TV operator Canal+ is taking legal action against the country’s professional football body, the LFP, over its decision to launch a new bidding process for rights to Ligue 1, according to local reports. According to Le Figaro, the pay TV operator has taken issue with the LFP’s decision only to auction those rights […]

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