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Italy: Millions face TV blackout

At least five million Italians, primarily in mountainous and rural regions, are struggling to access basic TV channels from RAI due to poor or non-existent signals. This represents nearly 10 per cent of the population, according to figures published by the National Union of Mountain Municipalities, Communities and Bodies (Uncem). The organisation points out that […]

February 20, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy: Piracy Shield live but needs refining

Piracy Shield, a new system designed to combat online piracy in Italy, became operational earlier this month and has since managed to block 528 IP addresses and 114 illegal sites. According to estimates by Italy’s Communications Authority (AgCom), this move has prevented around 100,000 households from illegally watching premium content. The system aims to protect […]

February 19, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

WBD CEO: “Italy a key market”

Italy is a strategic market for Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), and CEO David Zaslav plans to increase investments there. Speaking at a Milan Town Hall for employees, Zaslav praised the creativity of the Italian team and highlighted their success in generating revenue and diversifying income streams. He said that WBD will invest in both linear […]

February 7, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Mezzo expands presence in Turkey

THEMA, a Canal+ company, has announced of the launch of Mezzo TV channel on one of the biggest pay-TV operators in Turkey – Türksat Kablo TV. In December 2023, Mezzo became available to Türksat Kablo TV viewers, on the channel number 52 in the Extended tier. “Connecting more people to the outstanding artists we broadcast is our daily […]

February 7, 2024

RAI to switch to DVB-T2 in September

Italian public broadcaster RAI has finally committed to switching one of its multiplexes to the new DVB-T2 transmission standard on September 1st. This was confirmed by RAI’s technology director, Stefano Ciccotti, during a presentation in Bologna. In addition, the new date is outlined in the new RAI Service Contract recently signed with the Italian government. […]

January 29, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

RAI to sell 15% stake in tower unit

Italian state broadcaster RAI has announced plans to sell up to 15 per cent of its majority stake in its listed broadcast tower unit, Rai Way. The move, which aims to raise funds for a new three-year business plan, will enable RAI to monetise Rai Way while retaining control. According to the public broadcaster, its […]

January 18, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Tivùsat adds 334,000 connections in 2023

Italy’s free satellite platform Tivùsat enjoyed a stellar year in 2023, exceeding forecasts by 10 per cent with 334,000 new activations. The managing director of Italian state broadcaster RAI, Stefano Luppi, highlighted the strong three-year run, with a total of 1.3 million new activations since 2021. According to Luppi, Tivùsat’s success hinges on its unique […]

January 16, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Record year for WBD in Italy

Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) in Italy had a record-breaking year in 2023, achieving its highest ever audience share in the country. The company ranked third among national broadcasters, with an 8.6 per cent share of the total audience and an 11.3 per cent share of the commercial target audience (aged 25-54). This represents an 8 […]

January 10, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy: VH1 finds new home on Pluto TV

Music channel VH1 Italia is bidding farewell to Italian TV, shuttering its terrestrial broadcasts on DTT, Sky Italia, and Tivusat platforms on January 7th. Originally launched by Sky Italia in 2007, the channel dedicated to past and present hits aired on the pay-TV DTH platform until 2010, before returning, this time on DTT, in 2016 […]

January 5, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Report: SVoD declining in Italy

The number of SVoD users in Italy has started to decline, according to a report from the Communications Regulatory Authority (Agcom) that covers the first nine months of 2023. In September 2023, there were 15.3 million users, a slight decrease of 23,000 compared to the same month in 2022. Netflix, the dominant player in the […]

January 2, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome