Conze: Germany can resist Netflix, Joyn to be leading AVOD platform

The German video entertainment business is capable of defending its patch against the threat of Netflix and new JV streaming platform Joyn will quickly emerge as the leading ad-supported streaming offering in the country, according to CEO Max Conze. Speaking to Die Welt newspaper, Conze said that there was a “defeatist” view at large that […]

Mediaset move will create ‘stronger business’ but pan-European merger unlikely

Mediaset’s creation of a new holding company and the merger of its Italian and Spanish operations is a “bold move” that will “create a stronger business that can benefit shareholders and consumers in the medium to long term”, according to analysts at investment bank Berenberg. However, Berenberg said that it does expect ProSiebenSat.1 or “any […]

Mediaset creates new holding company, merges Spanish, Italian operations

Mediaset is merging its Spanish and Italian business into a holding company based in Amsterdam. The creation of MediaForEurope (MFE) is the confirmation of the company’s intention to create a pan-European television hub. This is a move that had been widely-speculated since Mediaset recently acquired a 9.6% stake in ProSiebenSat1. While the company will be […]

Mediaset acquires stake in ProSiebenSat.1 in ‘long term’ move

Mediaset has made a “friendly” acquisition of a 9.6% stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 in what is seen by many observers as the first major step in a wider realignment of European broadcasters. Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi, commenting on the move, made it clear that the acquisition was strategic, in line with his […]

Italy watchdog OKs Mediaset-Sky deal but with conditions

Italy’s antitrust regulator has given the green light to Sky’s agreement with Mediaset on the future of the Italian digital-terrestrial platform operated by Mediaset’s R2 on condition that the pay TV operator does not strike any exclusive deals for content or linear channels on streaming platforms for a period of three years. The competition watchdog […]

Mediaset España planning pay VOD offering

Mediaset España is to start charging for on-demand premieres of shows ahead of their terrestrial airing and other content on its Mitele portal later this year, according to local press. According to financial daily El Español, citing unnamed sources, Mediaset is finalising the technical platform for launching a pay service before the end of the […]

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 […]

Vivendi condemns exclusion from Mediaset shareholder meeting

Vivendi has condemned a decision by Mediaset to refuse to allow it to vote at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Mediaset refused to allow Vivendi and Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which it placed all but 9.61% of its shares in the Italian media group to comply with rules preventing it from simultaneously holding shares […]

Mediaset denies ProSiebenSat.1 merger rumours, pulls sale of DTT unit

Mediaset and ProSiebenSat.1 have strongly denied press rumours that emerged last week that they are in talks about a possible merger. The Italian broadcaster issued a statement that “no negotiations are underway” with the German media group. ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze meanwhile told Reuters that he saw “no industrial logic” in such a combination. Conze […]

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