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Mediaset to shut down pay DTT service at the end of MayMay 01, 2019Mediaset is to end distribution of its Premium subscription service on digital terrestrial TV (DTT) at the end of this month. The service, which now consists of TV series and movies, will available on demand via Infinity, the group's online platform. Currently, Infinity has 400,000 subscribers and offers two subscription tiers: a basic one giving access to the platform’s library (€7.99, $8.89 per month) and premium (€13.99 per month) which includes a subscription to sports service DAZN.
DAZN pacts with Sky and Mediaset as it prepares to launch in ItalyJuly 25, 2018DAZN, the online subscription sports service owned by the UK's Perform Group, has reached agreement with Italy's two main pay TV providers, Sky and Mediaset. From DAZN's launch in Italy next month, customers of Sky and Mediaset Premium will be able to access the live and on demand service via smart TVs and connected devices for no additional fee. Sky will include the DAZN app on its high end set-top box, Sky Q, allowing customers to access DAZN on their TV sets via an internet connection. DAZN will not be retransmitted via satellite for Sky or digital terrestrial for Mediaset Premium.
Sky and Perform win rights for Serie A for next three seasonsJune 14, 2018After more than a year, Italy’s Lega Calcio Serie A has awarded domestic rights to the country’s top football championship for the next three seasons, with Perform Group entering the market for the first time alongside incumbent Sky. Perform, which operates the DAZN online subscription platform in five countries, won one of the two packages, comprising three live games on Saturday night and on Sunday lunchtime. It will pay €193 million per season from 2018/19 to 2020/21. Sky won two of the three packages on offer and will have the rights to seven games every week, paying €780 million a season. Mediaset Premium, which has aired Serie A since 2004 and held Champions League and Europa League rights for the last three seasons, was left with nothing.
Italian Serie A clubs cancel rights deal with MediaproMay 29, 2018Italy's top football clubs have decided to terminate the deal currently in place with Mediapro for rights to the next three seasons of Serie A, beginning in 2018/19. The full assembly of Lega Serie A - composed of all the teams in the Italian first division - agreed unanimously to end the deal. This move follows a ruling by the civil court of Milan (following appeal by Sky to clarify the boundaries of the intermediary call for bids) to suspend the contract, and the consequent decision by Mediapro not to provide warranties necessary to cover the amount established by the contract.Subscribers Only
Comcast makes its offer for Sky officialApril 25, 2018Comcast has made a formal offer for Sky, valuing the UK-based satellite operator at £22 billion ($30.7 billion). Today's official offer of £12.50 represents a premium of more than 16% over 21st Century Fox’s offer for the 61% of Sky it does not own. Sky's independent board of directors has this morning withdrawn its recommendation of the Fox bid, making a battle for ownership of Sky between Comcast, Fox and possibly Walt Disney Co, seemingly inevitable.
Sky Italia and Mediaset sign content-sharing agreementApril 04, 2018Sky Italia and Mediaset have reached an agreement which could prove pivotal for the future Italian television landscape. The agreement will become effective from 1 June and it represents the first step of a pacification process between the two main competitors in the Italian pay TV market.
Sky and Netflix agree European partnershipMarch 01, 2018Pan-European pay TV operator Sky has announced a partnership with global OTT subscription service Netflix, to make Netflix available on its DTH and OTT platforms. Sky is to integrate Netflix into its advanced DTH set-top box Sky Q across all of its markets, starting with the UK and Ireland, via a new subscription TV package later this year.
Comcast intends to outbid 21st Century Fox for ownership of SkyFebruary 27, 2018US cable giant Comcast has unveiled a possible takeover offer for Sky, aiming to outbid 21st Century Fox. Comcast today made an all-cash offer of £12.50 per share in cash for the UK-based satellite operator, which represents a 16% increase on 21st Century Fox’s offer, implying a valuation of £22.1 billion ($28.5 billion). Fox, which already owns a 39% stake in Sky, offered £18.5 billion ($23.8 billion) to acquire the shares in the operator that it does not own.
Mediapro lands Serie A rights after long and difficult processFebruary 06, 2018Italy’s Lega Calcio has awarded rights to Serie A for the 2018-2021 period to Mediapro. The Catalan company was the only bidder for the rights to the football league championship, agreeing to pay €1.05 billion ($1.3 billion) per season—just above the Lega’s asking-price. Mediapro will either sell the rights on—they are currently held by Sky and Mediaset—or could set up a channel on behalf of the Lega.
Sky delivers revenue and customer growth, but hits to profits and wholesale signal significant challengesJuly 27, 2017Pan-European pay TV operator Sky reported growth across a range of key metrics in its full-year 2016-17 financial results, along with some notable declines. By the end of June 2017, Sky served a total of 22.5 million retail customers across its five markets (UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy), having added 686,000 over the preceding 12 months. On the wholesale front, however, Sky lost 431,000 customers subscribing to its channels via alternative providers in the UK and Ireland (having lost 105,000 the previous year), and a further 15,000 in Germany.
Sky buys Champions League rights in Italy and Germany from 2018June 15, 2017Sky has secured the rights to broadcast all the Champions League games for three seasons starting in 2018 in Italy, Germany and Austria.Subscribers Only
Lega Calcio aims for wider pool of bidders with new Serie A rights tenderMay 30, 2017Italy's Lega Calcio Serie A has restructured its packaging of rights for the next TV contract with the aim of attracting bids from telcos and online platforms. As before, the packages, running from the start of the 2018/19 season for three years, include satellite and digital terrestrial (DTT) rights similar to those currently held by incumbents Sky and Mediaset, but these packages do not include online, IPTV or mobile rights.
Fox takeover of Sky referred to regulators by UK governmentMarch 17, 2017The UK government has referred the agreed takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox to regulators, citing possible media plurality and broadcasting standards concerns. The UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport yesterday wrote to both companies to advise them that she has asked communications body Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority to report back to her by 17 May.
Sky seeks UK growth with full online TV offering, amid carriage dispute with DiscoveryJanuary 26, 2017Pan-European pay TV operator Sky delivered a characteristically impressive set of results for the first six months of its financial year – but with some notable caveats. Despite adding 500,000 customers across Europe and increasing revenue for the period by £692 million to £6.41 billion, the rise in Premier League TV rights costs in the UK lowered operating profits, by 9% across the group and 18% in the UK and Ireland.
Sky agrees sale to 21st Century FoxDecember 15, 2016Within days of revealing negotiations over the acquisition of European pay TV company Sky by its main shareholder 21st Century Fox, the two companies have agreed on a cash offer of £10.75 a share.Subscribers Only
Fox launches new takeover bid for Sky valued at $14.5 billionDecember 12, 2016US media group 21st Century Fox is preparing a final offer to acquire full control of Sky, the UK-based pay TV company. Sky and Fox issued a statement on Friday indicating that they had agreed a cash offer of £10.75 per share, valuing the deal at £11.7 billion ($14.5 billion). The companies now have until 6 January to finalise an agreement, after which the UK government will have 10 days to decide whether to refer it to regulators.Subscribers Only
Netflix to beam new Star Trek series worldwideJuly 18, 2016Content deal: Netflix will launch the forthcoming reboot of classic sci-fi series Star Trek in 188 countries worldwide (excluding the US and Canada) in January 2017. The streaming service will also make all 727 episodes of Star Trek available to its subscribers from the end of this year. In the US, CBS will launch the new series on its flagship network, with the premiere episode and all subsequent episodes then being made available on its online SVoD platform, CBS All Access, Bell Media has rights in Canada. The agreement isSubscribers Only
Sky continues to reassert premium TV leadership with UHDTV service launchJuly 14, 2016UK pay TV market leader Sky today unveiled its long-awaited 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV service, which the operator will launch on the Sky Q platform in its home market and Ireland on 13 August.Subscribers Only
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Sky revamps premium movie service with Sky Cinema rebrandJune 15, 2016Pan-European pay TV provider Sky unveiled a relaunch of its Sky Movies premium content package, rebranding it as Sky Cinema. The name change brings the UK offering into line with its German and Italian counterparts.Subscribers Only