Mediaset


Mediaset taps FreeWheel and Comcast Technology Solutions for streaming app

Mediaset has tapped FreeWheel and Comcast Technology Solutions to provide the technology platform for its new live and on-demand streaming service Mediaset Play. Comcast-owned FreeWheel said that the pair’s technology would help unify Mediaset’s video distribution and advertising stack and is part of the broadcaster’s overarching advertising-supported VOD strategy. Mediaset Play’s coverage of this year’s […]

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 hit by softening ad market

Italian broadcaster Mediaset saw its revenues for the first nine months fall significantly as the soft advertising market and the group’s loss of football rights in Italy took their toll. However Mediaset posted better than expected operating profits, boosted by lower costs thanks to lower expenditure on rights. Mediaset posted revenues of €2.434 billion for […]

Mediaset Vivendi battle reignites in dispute over shareholder meeting

Mediaset has defended its decision to exclude Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which Vivendi placed the bulk of its shares in Italian broadcaster Mediaset to meet regulatory demands that it reduce its participation in the company, from a shareholders’ meeting in June, following a legal move by Simon to assert its rights as a shareholder. […]

Mediaset faces challenge from holder of ex-Vivendi stock

Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which Vivendi placed the bulk of its shares in Italian broadcaster Mediaset to meet regulatory demands that it reduce its participation in the company, has demanded the suspension of the execution of resolutions passed by the Mediaset shareholders meeting in June relating to the creation of a medium and long-term […]

Mediaset secures Formula E rights

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has secured exclusive rights to Formula E motor-racing for the next five years. The deal means that Mediaset, which already holds the rights to the electric car motorsport, will continue to broadcast Formula E exclusively. The agreement between Mediaset and Formula E Holdings means that the ABB F1A Formula E championship of […]

Mediaset moving towards sale of pay TV platform

Mediaset is moving towards a sale of its pay TV unit Mediaset Premium to Sky before the end of this year, according to CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi, who has also said that the media group is working towards a broader pan-European alliance or combination. Speaking to Italian press at the launch of the new season […]

Mediaset agrees distribution of free channels on Sky platform

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has made its flagship service Canale 5 available on Sky’s satellite platform after an absence of three years, the first step in making all free-to-air Mediaset channels available via the pay TV broadcaster. Canale 5 is now available on Sky’s channel 105 in HD. Mediaset said that the move was the first […]

Soft advertising market leads to lowering expectations for Spanish broadcasters

The softening advertising market in Spain has led analysts at Berenberg to predict a relatively weak performance from commercial broadcasters Mediaset España and Atresmedia. Mediaset España posted revenues of €491.1 million for the first half and EBITDA of €159.1 million. Berenberg noted that while Mediaset’s Q2 performance was an improvement on Q1, with the broadcaster […]

Mediaset-backed EI Towers deal opens way to consolidation

Italian government-backed investment vehicle 2i Tower Holdings has placed a bid to acquire transmission tower outfit EI Towers, which is 40% owned by Mediaset, for €57 a share. Under the structure of the proposed deal, Mediaset will take a 40% stake in the bidding company, meaning that the broadcaster will not take cash out of […]

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