Amazon US makes UK and Spanish drama deals

Amazon has snagged two new international scripted series, coming on board the upcoming season of Sky’s drama Fortitude, and acquiring Spanish primetime prison drama Locked Up. Supernatural drama Fortitude is on Sky Atlantic in the UK and now has Amazon as its US partner after the streaming service bought it for the US. The SVOD […]

Mediapro secures important precedent in battle against online piracy

A Spanish court has condemned Puerto 80, the outfit behind website Rojadirecta, for violating broadcaster Mediapro’s intellectual property rights by posting links whereby users could access illegal streams of Mediapro’s coverage of top-tier Spanish football. The Coruña court ordered Puerto 80 boss Igor Seoane to desist immediately from facilitating links to sites that provided live […]

Mediapro goes big on e-sports

Spanish programmer Mediapro has taken a majority stake in Fandroid, the creator of the Spanish Liga de VideoJuegos Profesional (LVP) as part of move to professionalise and develop e-sports in the country. The LVP has over 250,000 registered users in the country and is expected to attract a total audience of over 10 million unique […]

Court quashes fines against Mediapro and clubs in football deal case

Spain’s second highest court, the Audencia Nacional, has quashed a set of fines levied on Mediapro and four leading football by competition watchdog the CNMC over deals between the Catalan broadcaster and the clubs – Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Rácing de Santander – dating from November 2013. The CNMC had fined Mediapro for […]

Mediapro begins broadcasting Gol

Catalan broadcaster Mediapro has begun broadcasting its new free-to-air sports channel Gol. The channel, which takes the digital-terrestrial frequency previously occupied by Veo TV, owned by Unidad Editorial, will offer a mix of football, tennis, athletics, motorsports, table tennis, basketball, wresting and extreme sports. The channel is kicking off with coverage of the under-18s football […]

Mediapro raises €306m for debt payments and expansion

Channel operator and production group Mediapro has secured a €306 million loan, which will be used to service existing debt and on geographical expansion. The Barcelona-based business, which runs the La Sexta channel among others, said it had been able to secure the cash after 12 months of strong performance. The company will use the […]

La Liga for Telecable, but not Euskaltel

Spanish regional cable operator Telecable has secured the rights to distribute Catalan broadcaster Mediapro’s beIN La Liga channel, enabling it to offer coverage of Spanish La Liga and Copa del Rey football matches. However Euskaltel, the other major regional operator, which operates in the Basque Country and which also owns Galician operator R, has indicated it is […]

Vodafone and Orange secure Mediapro deal for football in Spain

Vodafone Spain and Orange have struck a deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro that secures for them the rights to provide coverage of La Liga football and the Copa del Rey for the next three seasons. Vodafone and Mediapro have struck a deal whereby Vodafone will distribute Mediapro’s beIN Sports La Liga channel, including coverage of […]

Mediapro chief: no exclusivity implied in Telefónica deal

Catalan broadcaster Mediapro’s president Jaume Roures has reportedly told the Spanish competition regulator, the CNMC, that there is no implication of exclusivity in the deal it struck with Telefónica to provide its beIN Sports service to the telco. Mediapro agreed a €2.4 billion deal with Telefónica in January giving the latter the right to air […]

Mediapro reportedly ready to distribute football to Telefónica rivals

Spain’s Mediapro is capitulating to pressure from the country’s competition watchdog and leading service providers and will agree to distribute its BeIN Sports service, which holds key rights to Spanish and European football, to all operators, according to local reports. Leading operator Telefónica and Mediapro recently struck a €2.4 deal to secure Mediapro’s football content […]