Mediaset Premium

Mediaset pivots to free as Premium becomes OTT

Mediaset is “transforming” rather than “shutting down” its Mediaset Premium pay TV business after making the offering an OTT-only service, according to chief financial officer Marco Giordani. Speaking on an earnings call after Mediaset posted reduced revenue and EBITDA but an improved net profit, Giordani said that Mediaset was reorienting the business to take account […]

Mediaset to pull Premium from DTT to become OTT-only offering

Mediaset is to pull its Premium offering from the country’s digital-terrestrial platform in June, according to local reports. The pay TV service will thereafter only be available via the new Infinity Premium streaming service, with the group’s Premium Online and Premium Play services also set to be closed down. Mediaset said that all Premium channels […]

Mediaset agrees sale of digital-terrestrial operations unit

Mediaset has agreed the sale of 100% of R2, the company that controls the technical platform for its pay TV service Mediaset Premium, to Sky. The sale of the platform allows Mediaset to retain control of its premium channel offering, and Mediaset will also continue to manage Mediaset Premium’s customer base. The sale of the […]

Mediaset strikes deal with DAZN to bring Serie A to premium subscribers

Mediaset has struck a deal with Perform Group, operator of the DAZN sports streaming service, to provide access to the service as part of its Premium Calcio offering for a reduced overall price of €19.90 a month. DAZN secured rights to 114 Serie A matches over the next three years last month and announced that […]

Mediaset chief mulls international alliance and football deal

Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s board has confirmed Fedele Confalonieri as chairman for the next three years, and Pier Silvio Berlusconi as vice-president and CEO. The Mediaset board was elected on Wednesday by the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The company’s executive committee comprises Confalonieri, Berlusconi, Marco Giordani, Gina Nieri, Niccolo ‘Querci and Stefano Sala. The 15-strong board […]

Mediaset back in the black

Italian broadcaster Mediaset returned to the black last year, posting a net profit of €90.5 million – up from a loss of €294.5 million last year – on revenues of €3.631 billion, down from €3.667 billion. The improvement in the company’s finances was down to an 11.1% cut in operating costs, thanks to a reduction […]

Mediapro Serie A deal hits hurdle

Mediapro’s successful bid for Italian Serie A football rights has hit a significant hurdle after a Milan court suspended the award of rights to the Spanish broadcaster and producer. The court’s intervention followed a complaint by Sky against the Italian football league’s decision to accept Mediapro’s €1 billion-plus bid. Sky made the case that Mediapro […]

Mediaset combines pay TV activity with Sky in wide-ranging deal

Mediaset has struck a wide-ranging pay TV deal with Sky that puts a likely end to long-running speculation about a rapprochement with Vivendi. The deal announced at the end of last week will see Sky make nine cinema and TV series channels from Mediaset Premium available to its satellite customers at no additional charge, along […]

Mediaset-Vivendi case pushed back to October

The first court hearing of Mediaset’s case against Vivendi saw judge Vincenzo Perozzeillo push the case back to October, which potentially gives the warring pair more time to find an out-of-court settlement. The next hearing of the case, which has seen Mediaset and its owner Fininvest seek damages against the French media giant over its […]

Vivendi-Mediaset dispute heading for court with no deal in sight

Vivendi and Mediaset now appear destined to face each other in court after the pair failed to come to an agreement to end their long-running dispute, according to Italian press reports. The first hearing of the case is set to take place next Tuesday. Mediaset and parent company Fininvest are claiming €3 billion in damages […]

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