Mediaset reports strong channel ratings

Italian media giant Mediaset said that its domestic channels were the most popular among 15 to 64 year-olds in the first nine months of 2013, as its pay TV revenues also climbed to €410.3 million. Announcing its results for the first nine months of the year, Mediaset said that Canale 5 was Italy’s leading channel […]

TgCom24 content to air on radio

Mediaset’s TgCom24 new channel is providing serivces to four radio stations from today. The TV channel, which is available on digital-terrestrial and satellite TV and web and mobile platforms, is providing breaking news to R101, Radio Italia, Radio Subasio and Radio Norba, with a potential audience of eight million listeners each day. The channel’s new […]

Mediaset denies wrongdoing following Berlusconi judgement

Mediaset issued a strongly worded statement at the end of last week stating that it had always acted fully within the law, in response to the damming verdict of the Italian Supreme Court in rejecting an appeal against the conviction of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Mediaset reacted after the Supreme Court made public […]

Eurosport signs Italian distribution deal with Mediaset

Eurosport Group has signed a deal with Mediaset that will see the Eurosport and Eurosport 2 networks distributed on its premium pay TV package in Italy. The two standard definition channels will be available in Italian from autumn, at no extra cost to subscribers of the Mediaset Premium package. Eurosport will live coverage of sports […]

Sky Italia ad restriction case returned to Italian court

In an case originally brought by Sky Italia, the European Court of Justice has said it is permissible for national legislators to set different advertising rules for pay TV and free-to-air services provided they are “proportionate” and has returned the matter to the Tribunale Administrativo Regionale (TAR) of Lazio. The Luxembourg-based court said that it […]

Italian regulator clears Sky of anti-competitive behaviour

The Italian antitrust authority has cleared Sky Italia of abusing its dominant position via the acquisition of UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup TV rights. The AGCM said that exclusive rights to the Champions League for 2012-15 were awarded through a competitive process and that Sky had subsequently agreed to sub-license the rights to […]

Mediaset suffers historic first loss

European media giant Mediaset suffered a net loss of €287.1 million last year as effects of the economic recessions in Italy and Spain kicked in. The Silvio Berlusconi-owned company, which operates market leading channels such as Canale 5 in Italy and Telecinco in Spain, pointed to a combined advertising revenue drop in the two territories […]

Mediaset offers support for digital ventures

Mediaset is launching a new digital ventures fund, offering communication and advertising support to new digital startups in Italy in exchange for equity stakes.  The Ad4Ventures fund, which will be launched on Monday, is intended to support new Italian digital companies with high growth potential. Mediaset vice-president Pier Silvio Berlusconi said that new ventures in […]

BBC Knowledge block to air on Retequattro

Mediaset-owned Italian free-to-air channel Retequattro is to air a one-hour block of programming from the BBC Knowledge channel every Sunday at 09:00 for 12 weeks from March 3 thanks to a new deal between the channel and BBC Worldwide. The BBC Knowledge channel is currently available exclusively on the Mediaset Premium pay TV package in […]

Mediaset launches download on-demand offering

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has launched a download-and-play service as part of its Premium Play offering, allowing subscribers to view content offline. Subscribers can download up to 3,000 titles to iPads via WiFi or 3G and view them later. A new version of the Premium Play app has been made available via the Apple App Store. […]

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