Vivendi and Mediaset declare peace

Vivendi and Mediaset have announced an agreement to end hostilities, putting an end to five years of open warfare between the pair. The agreement, which follows a series of recent court victories by Vivendi, will see the two companies waive all litigation and claims against each other. A recent court ruling in Milan established that […]

Mediaset revives MediaForEurope plans, extends olive branch to Vivendi

Mediaset is reviving its plans to launch a pan-European media group and move its headquarters to the Netherlands.  The Italian company has said that it would ask shareholders to approve the plans which were previously shelved due to opposition from its second-largest investor Vivendi.  The group, previously dubbed MediaForEurope, was envisioned to provide the continent […]

Italian court rejects Mediaset damages claim

Vivendi has achieved a partial victory on one front of its ongoing legal battle with Mediaset, with a Milan court ruling that its acquisition of a large stake in the Italian media group was not illegitimate and did not constitute unfair competition. Mediaset has claimed that Vivendi took advantage of a fall in its share […]

Mediaset: no last-minute resolution to Vivendi dispute

Mediaset has moved swiftly to state that there is no last-minute resolution in sight to its ongoing legal battle with its largest external shareholder Vivendi, after CFO Marco Giordani said in an interview that the best solution would be to find an agreement with the French media giant. Giordani’s comments and Mediaset’s clarification come as […]

Movistar+ adds Mediaset España’s Mitele Plus to offering

Telefónica’s Movistar+ has struck a deal with Mediaset España to offer the latter’s streaming service Mitele Plus via its set-top boxes. The moves will enable Movistar+ customers to view content including La Isla de las Tentaciones, Supervivientes and La que se avencina in addition to movies such as Goya-award winning Adú as well sports including […]

Mediaset to unify streaming in new Play Infinity platform, claims report

Mediaset is reportedly planning on launching a revamped video streaming app in April. According to a Reuters report, the Italian broadcaster is planning on unifying its video app services after winning the streaming rights to the UEFA Champions League. The new player is set to be called Mediaset Play Infinity and will combine the broadcaster’s […]

Mediaset secures victory against Dailymotion in copyright case

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has secured a victory in its legal battle with Vivendi-owned video sharing site Dailymotion over the latter’s distribution of copyrighted material. The Court of Rome found Dailymotion liable, confirming a previous ruling in July 2019, and sentenced the video site to fines totalling over €22 million for the publication of 15,000 video […]

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

Vivendi secures full voting rights in Mediaset

Vivendi secured another significant victory in its battle with Mediaset just before Christmas, with the news that the Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) had ruled that it can exercise full voting rights in accordance with its stake in the Italian media group. The ruling means that Vivendi will be able to give voting instructions for […]

Amazon picks up Champions League in Italy for the first time

Amazon has acquired a rights package to the UEFA Champions League in Italy for the first time. The ever-growing commerce and entertainment giant has picked up exclusive rights to 16 matches on Wednesday nights, along with the UEFA Super Cup, for three seasons from 2021/22.  Amazon’s interest has been speculated on for some time, with […]

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