Sky Italia pulls out of DTT frequency contest

Pay TV operator Sky Italia has decided to pull out of the competition to acquire new digital-terrestrial frequencies, alleging that the process was skewed in favour of rival broadcasters. The rules of the process, which were set under the government of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, meant that the frequencies were to be awarded after […]

Mediaset makes move for Endemol

Mediaset and Clessidra have submitted a joint bid for Endemol. Pier Silvio Berlusconi, vice chairman of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, which is already a shareholder in the production and distribution giant, confirmed that it had teamed with private equity house Clessidra to make an offer for Endemol but added that the partners will not be drawn […]

Mediaset news channel to go on air Monday

Mediaset’s news channel TgCom24 will officially begin broadcasting on Monday, following a pre-launch test phase. The channel will be available free to air on the Italian digital-terrestrial platform, on satellite and also on the web from the site. It will be also available via downloadable apps for smartphones and tablets. The channel will air […]

Berlusconi departure could benefit Mediaset rivals

The departure of Silvio Berlusconi from political office will have wide-ranging implications for the Italian TV and media market including a shift of advertising from Berlusconi-family controlled broadcaster Mediaset to other broadcasters and platforms, according to analysts.
 Davide Tesoro-Tess, from the Value Partners consultancy, says that ad revenues will be spread more widely among Italian […]

Mediaset launches new Premium Play service

Italian pay TV operator Mediaset has launched a new premium service that will allow customers to watch content on a wide range of devices. The company has launched Mediaset Premium Play, which will allow its premium subs to watch up to 2,000 TV series and films through a digital-terrestrial television box with a decoder, through […]

Mediaset sees growth in pay TV

Revenues from Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s pay TV business increased by 16.5% in the first nine months of the year. Mediaset Premium generated revenues of €449.2 million in the period to September 30, compared to €385.5 million in the corresponding period last year. The number of Easy pay subscribers has also passed the two million mark, […]

Mediaset and private equity group in Endemol talks

Mediaset and private equity fund Clessidra are discussing injecting €400-500 million of cash into debt-ridden producer and distributor Endemol, according to an Italian press report. According to the report, Italian broadcaster Mediaset, an Endemol shareholder, and Clessidra are eyeing relaunching a recapitalised Endemol as a way of averting existing creditors from converting debt into equity […]

Italian transmission merger moves forward

The boards of Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s transmission arm, Ei Towers, and transmission services provider DMT have approved the acquisition of the former by DMT in an all-share deal designed to create a unified broadcast and mobile tower infrastructure provider. Ei Towers is owned by Elettronica Industriale, a unit that is in turn owned by Mediaset […]

Microsoft names European content partners for XBox Live TV

  The BBC, Lovefilm, Telefónica and Mediaset will be amongst the European content providers offering services on Microsoft’s Xbox Live TV service when it launches this autumn. Microsoft has announced over 40 global content partners for the service that will be available on XBox 360 games consoles connected to the internet. Other partners announced today […]

Turner offers Adult Swim episodes via Facebook

Turner Broadcasting UK has begun offering shows from its Adult Swim animation channel on Facebook via the Social Cinema service launched by Facebook commerce agency Milyoni earlier this year. Shows inlcuding Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hungerforce, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! can be accessed via Milyoni’s Social Cinema technology, which […]