RAI can cut its stake in Rai Way to 30%, Italian government says

The Italian government has clarified its stance on the decision to allow state broadcaster RAI to reduce its holding in the Rai Way towers unit below 51%. The government previously gave RAI permission to reduce its 65% stake in the towers unit in a move that looks set to spark a merger between Rai Way […]

RAI given permission to cut towers business stake by Italian government

The Italian prime minister Mario Draghi has approved a decree that will allow state broadcaster RAI to reduce its holding in the Rai Way towers unit below 51%. The move will open Italy up to significant consolidation in the tower sector, and could lead to merger talks between Rai Way and El Towers, Reuters reports. […]

RAI turns to Nagra for FTA watermarking

Italian pubcaster Radio Televisione Italiana (RAI) has become the first free-to-air broadcaster to utilise watermarking against piracy. The broadcaster has partnered with content protection firm NAGRA for the deployment, and is leveraging its NexGuard forensic watermarking and Anti-Piracy Services Platform to protect its streaming content and related advertising revenues. For RAI, NAGRA’s solution inserts NexGuard […]

Euro final most-watched UK broadcast in 20+ years

The Euro 2020 final between England and Italy was the most-watched football match ever in the UK. According to figures from BARB, the game was watched by 29.85 million people across the BBC and ITV. Viewership peaked at 30.95 million.  The average total represented an 82% share of the available TV audience in the UK, […]

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

Amazon eyes Italian Champions League rights

Amazon is reportedly eyeing a bid for the UEFA Champions League rights in Italy. According to Milano Finanza, the ecommerce giant is considering whether to take on Sky Italia in the bidding, with the Comcast-owned operator currently in the middle of a three-year €300 million rights deal for the Champions League and Europa League which […]

Rai picks up FTA ATP Finals rights

Italian pubcaster Rai has picked up the free-to-air rights for the ATP Finals from 2021-23.  Rai has secured the first-choice of matches on each gameday, with a deal agreed with the ATP’s commercial arm ATP Media and the IMG agency. It is believed that the Italian broadcaster saw off interest from Mediaset. The news bolsters […]

Rai extends FIGC rights deal

Italian PSB Rai has extended its rights deal with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). The extended relationship will go on until 2022’s controversial FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with Rai showing friendly games from the country’s men’s and women’s teams, along with the under-21s and youth teams. The announcement comes as no surprise, and furthers […]

Rai loses last appeal on Sky football decision

Italian public broadcaster Rai has lost a second appeal against an earlier court decision that allowed pay TV broadcaster Sky to rescind a deal that would have seen the broadcaster air free-to-view top tier international football in favour of commercial broadcaster Mediaset. The latest court ruling clears the way for Mediaset to air free-to-view matches, […]

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