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UK accepts 21CF-Sky terms after Disney sweetens Sky News pledge

The UK government has accepted deal terms between 21st Century Fox and Sky, following an improved commitment from Disney to operate Sky News for a period of 15 years. UK culture secretary Matt Hancock said that new deal terms had been offered that meet the criteria he laid out in parliament earlier this month – namely that […]

Sky independent committee welcomes EC Comcast approval

Sky’s independent committee has welcomed the European Commission’s decision at the end of last week to clear Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Sky. The EC concluded on Friday that the deal would realise no competition concerns in Europe. The Commission concluded that Comcast and Sky are “mainly active in different markets” in the countries in which […]

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 […]

OTT TV outfit TV4 Entertainment launches independent studio

TV4 Entertainment, the Warner Bros. and Sky-invested OTT producer, has launched Concrete Club, an independent original content studio. The genre-based studio will develop, produce and distribute feature films and television series targeting underserved, global audiences on all screens. The new studio is an extension of TV4 Entertainment’s portfolio of genre-based lifestyle, entertainment and sports over-the-top […]

Sky secures Serie A rights following annulment of Mediapro deal

As widely expected, Sky Italia has acquired exclusive rights to broadcast 266 live games per season for the next three seasons of Italy’s Serie A football league following the collapse of Mediapro’s move into top-tier Italian football. The new deal means that Sky Sports in Italy will be the exclusive home to seven games out […]

Amazon breaks into English Premier League with new deal

Amazon Prime Video has broken the hold of Sky and BT on the English Premier League by securing the rights to air two full rounds of 20 matches per season, including bank holiday fixtures, in addition to weekly highlights. Amazon will exclusively live-stream the matches for three years from the 2019-20 season. The matches, and […]

Sky secures Premier League rights for Ireland

UK pay TV leader Sky has secured the rights to show 128 Premier League games a season exclusively live in the Republic of Ireland from 2019. Under the terms of the new agreement, which mirrors Sky’s UK rights deal signed in February and runs until 2022, Sky Sports will show every first-pick weekend match and […]

UK sets scene for Sky bidding war between Fox and Comcast

The UK government has approved 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky on the condition that Sky News is divested, clearing the path for a Fox showdown with Sky’s other bidder, Comcast. In a statement to parliament yesterday, UK culture secretary Matt Hancock said that details will now be finalised over how Sky News can be divested “in […]

Italian league rejects Mediapro’s €1.6bn guarantee for Serie A

Italy’s football league has rejected a €1.6 billion guarantee by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro that was designed to rescue its deal for Serie A rights in the country. The rejection from La Lega came after Mediapro yesterday formally accepted the demand made by the league for guarantees to take forward its successful bid for Serie A […]

Italian league votes to cancel Mediapro Serie A award

Italy’s football league has agreed to annul its award of Serie A rights to Spanish broadcaster Mediapro after it said the latter had failed to provide necessary guarantees. According to Spanish financial daily El Español, Mediapro now has seven days to commit to a €1.2 billion guarantee to avoid the contract being cancelled definitively. According […]

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