Sky Italia adds RAI and Mediaset channels to Sky Go app in Italy

Sky Italia has announced that all of Italy’s main TV channels, those operated by Rai, Mediaset and La7, are now all available through its Sky Go app. According to the Comcast-owned platform, the Sky app is the first in Italy to bring together all of the main Italian free-to-air channels with Sky’s range of channels […]

Mediaset claims overall majority share of online viewing

Mediaset has claimed a majority share of all Italian online video viewing among broadcasters in 2022. Citing Auditel data, Mediaset said it recorded a 50.3% share over the year, with over 7.5 billion views. The group said that the total of all rival services – Rai, Sky, La7 and Warner Bros. Discovery – came to […]

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 […]

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