BSkyB has appointed Andrea Zappia as the managing director of its customer group, demonstrating a clear career path between News Corp’s various European pay-TV operations.
Sky Italia has launched a new Push VOD service for customers with the My Sky and My Sky HD receivers. Based on the UK’s Sky Anytime, ‘Sky Selection’ will offer subscribers around 150 titles per month, refreshed at the rate of five a day.
The Italian government has approved a draft bill that would cut the amount of advertising that can be shown by pay-TV channels.
Sky Italia is offering advertisers the ability to run interactive commercials following the deployment of technology from Mirada.
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.
An Italian court has unexpectedly blocked the award of football rights that had been secured by Sky Italia for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.
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.
Eutelsat Communications has taken the number of high definition channels broadcast across its satellite system to 100.
Sky Italia CEO Tom Mockridge has told journalists he is not worried by the removal of channels by RAI and Mediaset from the satcaster.