Mediaset


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 […]

Italian watchdog to probe Mediaset-Sky deal

Italy’s antitrust authority is opening a probe into the sale by Mediaset of its digital-terrestrial pay TV platform, R2, on which its Mediaset Premium offering sits. According to the watchdog, the probe will look into the competition impact of the agreement on the pay TV market, noting that Mediaset Premium has in the past represented […]

Mediaset claims victory in legal battle with Facebook

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has claimed victory in a milestone legal battle with Facebook over violation of copyright and defamation, with a Rome court holding the social network responsible for hosting unauthorised links to Mediaset content. The case dates back to 2012. According to Mediaset, anonymous users opened a Facebook page dedicated to a cartoon, Kilari, […]

Mediaset sees off Simon Fiduciaria challenge

Italian broadcast giant Mediaset has seen off a court challenge that it had interpreted a s a move to strengthen one-time putative partner and now arch-enemy Vivendi’s influence in the group. Mediaset hailed a decision by the Milan Court to reject shareholder Simon Fiducaria’s claim against on order issued on November 25. Mediaset had excluded […]

Mediaset reportedly looking to Spain as first step in European strategy

Mediaset may move to consolidate its Spanish operation as the first step of a strategy to create a pan-European TV powerhouse, according to Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore. According to the newspaper, the Italian broadcaster is mulling a plan to acquire the 48.4% of Mediaset España that it does not already own as […]

Mediaset channels return to Sky Italia

Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s channels have returned to pay TV operator Sky Italia’s platform after an absence of three and a half years following last year’s wide-ranging agreement between the pair to collaborate in pay TV. Mediaset’s free-to-air networks Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4 and thematic channels Canale 20, La5, Mediaset Extra, Italia Due, […]

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 […]

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