The Italian government has approved a draft bill that would cut the amount of advertising that can be shown by pay-TV channels.
A court in Rome has ordered YouTube to immediately remove all Mediaset content from its website including portions from the Italian version of ‘Big Brother’.
The Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is set to take a 20% stake in the DTH platform Digital+. According to reports in the Spanish press, the deal will be worth between €400-450 million.
13.00 Update: Mediaset has filed a suit with the Italian Antitrust Authority claiming that Sky Italia’s USB key is in breach of national and international competition regulations.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has said it will launch Cielo, a new free-to-air digital TV channel, in Italy on the digital terrestrial network. Slated for a December debut, Cielo (which is Italian for Sky) will compete with Berlusconi’s Mediaset.
A Milan court hearing into the refusal by Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset to carry advertising from Sky Italia has ended with both sides claiming victory.
The protracted sales of process of the Spanish DTH platform Digital+ has taken a further twist, with the free-to-air channel Cuatro potentially a part of the package. The Berlusconi owned Mediaset has been named by the Italian press as a potential suitor with Telefonica on board as a local partner.
The Italian free-to-view DTH platform Tivù Sat expects to have 300,000 subscribers by the end of this year. By the end of next year, it should be received in 1 million homes.
Next spring, the development of digital terrestrial broadcasting in Italy will enter a new phase, with at least 12 new channels taking to the airwaves. It will be the result of a decision by the Italian communication authority AGCOM requiring three main DTT licence holders to rent out 40% of their capacity to third parties.
The Italian Mediaset company will launch an 8-channel pay service on DTT, according to a report in the daily Corriere della Sera. The new service would compete with News Corp owned DTH service Sky Italia in the battle for Italian viewers.The service would retail at 8 euro a month and offer movies, cartoons and women’s […]