The legal battle between Mediaset and Vivendi is entering a new phase with the Italian private broadcaster claiming €3 billion in damages.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that Italy’s move from analogue to digital terrestrial television was violating EU laws, failing to allocate one mux for each analogue channel.
Italy’s Mediaset is prepared to consider a strategy for its pay-TV unit Premium that relies less on securing expensive sports rights.
Italy’s private broadcaster Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media (TIM) made no offer in the tender for Serie A football rights, leaving Sky as the only major bidder.
TF1 Group, ProSiebenSat.1 (Germany), and Mediaset (Italy and Spain) are establishing in equal shares the European Broadcaster Exchange (EBX) to address the demand for pan-European video campaigns at scale.
Italy’s communications regulator AGCOM has ruled that French media group Vivendi violated Italy’s media antitrust law by building up controlling stakes in broadcaster Mediaset and telecom operator Telecom Italia (TIM), and given Vivendi a 12 month deadline to reduce its stake in either one.
The collapse of Mediaset’s sale of its Mediaset Premium pay-TV division will cost the Italian media concern €100 million.
Talks between Mediaset and Sky for the sale of Mediaset Premium are at an advanced stage, according o a report in il Sole 24 Ore.
There is “no dialogue” between Vivendi and Mediaset, according to Tarak Ben Ammar, member of the board of directors of Vivendi.
Just weeks after the failed talks over the sale of its DTT pay business, Mediaset has told the London financial community that it intends to reduce its commitment.