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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 […]

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 launches new Play service

Mediaset has re-launched Mediaset Play, formerly its on-demand service but now a new multiscreen streaming service combining live channels with catch-up and on-demand content. The Italian broadcaster debuted the new service at a presentation of its autumn schedule in Monte Carlo. Mediaset Play will be available for iOS and Android devices, on the web and […]

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 seeking options for Serie A in wake of auction

Mediaset is to try to strike a deal with OTT TV provider Perform Group or pay TV outfit Sky in order to secure Serie A football for its digital-terrestrial and online platforms in Italy after the broadcast group failed to secure rights on its own. Mediaset issued a statement last week that it would “seek […]

Sony pulls out of Spanish DTT negotiations

After months of negotiations, Sony has decided to shelve plans to launch into Spain’s free-to-air DTT market, according to the story in Spanish language newspaper El Economista. A report in the paper says Sony has taken the decision because of the low audiences new DTT operators are attracting, and weak ad revenues in the market […]

Mediaset sees revenues and profit drop in Q1

Italy’s Mediaset saw its Q1 2018 revenues and profit drop significantly year-on-year, despite what the media group described as a confirmation of the return to profitability for its full-year 2017 results. The broadcaster posted revenues of €860.6 million for the quarter, down from €889.3 million for the comparative period last year, which the company blamed […]

Mediaset to supply channels to Telecom Italia

Telecom Italia (TIM) and Mediaset have struck a commercial agreement that will result in TIMVision customers having access to Mediaset’s free-to-air linear channels and associated seven-day catch-up services. Under the terms of the deal, from January next year TIMVision subscribers will have access to online programming from Canale5, Italia1 and Retequattro, as well as the free-to-air themed channels La5, TGCom24, Mediaset […]

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 […]

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