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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 […]

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 […]

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