No plans for Serie A Sky sublicencing deal, says DAZN

Following its historic rights win in Italy, DAZN has reportedly ruled out a Serie A sublicensing deal with Sky. In comments to Il Sole 24 Ore, DAZN’s chief customer and innovation officer Veronica Diquattro said: “We were competitors until the other night. There are no conversations in progress.” Sky is currently the primary rights holder […]

DAZN hails ‘historic’ Serie A rights agreement

Sports streamer DAZN has confirmed the acquisition of Serie A’s domestic rights in Italy. The rights deals is one of the biggest in DAZN’s history, with the London-based company playing a reported €2.5 billion for the three-year contract. DAZN will exclusively carry seven out of ten fixtures per match week from 2021-24 – a total […]

TIM announces Serie A deal with DAZN ahead of rights tender announcement

TIM has agreed a distribution deal with DAZN that will see the Italian pay TV operator carry Serie A matches – should DAZN win the rights. The Italian top-flight football league is yet to announce the sale of its 2021-24 rights tender, but a number of reports have established DAZN as the frontrunner with an […]

discovery+ launches in Italy with TIM

Discovery+ has launched in Italy via a distribution deal with TIM. The SVOD, which began its international rollout earlier this month, launches with more than 8,000 hours of content with 55,000 episodes from 2,500 shows from brands like HGTV and Food Network. Claiming to be the only streaming service available in Italy solely focused on […]

Serie A bidders reportedly in talks with broadcasters

A number of private equity groups seeking to invest in Italy’s Serie A are reportedly discussing media rights with a range of prospective broadcast partners. The league’s clubs are currently in the process of reviewing a one joint offer from Bain and NB Renaissance, another from a consortium led by CVC Capital and a third […]

Telecom Italia names new head of procurement

Telecom Italia (TIM) has named Nicola Grassi as head of procurement. Grassi, who will report to CEO Luigi Gubitosi, will be responsible for group-level oversight of vendor assessment and management of procurement processes, monitoring markets for the purchase of products and services, and ensuring overall optimisation of requirements, operating and financial results. Grassi comes to […]

TIM announces Disney+ distribution deal

Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) has announced a multi-year deal with Disney that will see Disney+ exclusively carried by its TIMVision platform in the country. The operator confirmed that the upcoming streamer will be exclusively distributed by TIMVision and that the SVOD will be offered in a bundle with its fibre broadband package. Disney+ launches in […]

Hedge fund calls for ejection of Vivendi from Telecom Italia board

US activist investor Elliott Management has formally submitted a request to Telecom Italia (TIM) to include a proposal to remove Vivendi-nominated members from the telco’s board when TIM shareholders meet on April 24. Elliott has called for six directors – TIM chairman Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Hervé Philippe, Frédéric Crépin, Giuseppe Recchi, Félicité Herzog and Anna […]

Vivendi-Mediaset rapprochement expected ‘within days’

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports. According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards. A […]

Canal+ and Telecom Italia launch joint venture

Canal+ has created its planned joint venture with Telecom Italia (TIM), focusing on the acquisition and production of movies and series that will enable Telecom Italia to develop a compelling pay TV offering for the Italian market. In addition to movies and series, the JV will also be tasked with acquiring sports rights. TIM will […]

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