Advanced Television


La Liga rights bids as CVC control approved

More players are bidding for La Liga’s TV rights, intensifying competition and threatening to increase the price as the deadline to submit offers arrives. As expected, Telefónica and Mediapro will take part in the bidding process along with new bidders including DAZN and Relevant, and possibly Amazon. Relevant is reportedly offering €1 billion for each […]

December 13, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Prime Video announces MotoGP docuseries

Prime Video has announced a new Amazon Exclusive docuseries about the MotoGP World Championship, motorbike racing’s premier international competition, which will show how riders and teams live, prepare for and compete in the championship’s races of the 2021 season. The series will launch exclusively on Prime Video in the UK, France, Italy and Spain and […]

November 25, 2021

Orient Hontai to inject €620m into Mediapro

Chinese Group Orient Hontai is set to increase its share of in Spanish TV group Mediapro to 76 per cent in exchange for a €620 million injection to save the group from bankruptcy. Some €150 million will be paid immediately through subordinated debt. The additional €470 million will then be approved by a shareholding meeting […]

November 23, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Mexico: La Liga extends Televisa deal

La Liga, Spain’s top flight football league, has agreed an eight-year broadcasting extension with Televisa worth a reported $70 million (€61.1m) per year – double the amount of the current deal. The deal to air La Liga in Mexico and Central America begins with the 2024-25 season. Televisa’s Sky Sports channels have held a partnership […]

November 12, 2021

China’s Orient Hontai ups to 85% in Mediapro

Orient Hontai will increase its shares in Spain’s TV group Mediapro by 30 per cent, up to 85 per cent for €620 million, according to El Confidencial. The Chinese group will pay €400 million to amortise part of the Mediapro’s debt €900 million whereas the rest, €220 million will be destined to increase the social […]

September 16, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Mediapro opens new production centre in Miami

Mediapro US, which produces more than 5,500 hours of television content annually and operates 10 television channels, has added a new production centre in Florida located adjacent to its existing Miami headquarters. The Mediapro Group now has a total of four production centres located throughout the US: two in Miami, one in Brooklyn and the […]

August 17, 2021

Funds Searchlight and Invesco take over Mediapro

Funds Searchlight and Invesco have acquired 50 per cent of over €900 million in Mediapro’s debt from other funds and banks to exchange for shares in the TV group, according to Expansión. The companies are also set to inject €150 million in the Spanish TV group to control it and mitigate its beleaguered financial situation […]

June 28, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Canal+ quits Ligue 1 broadcasting; Amazon swoops

In a last minute bid, Amazon Prime Video has acquired the rights to eight Ligue 1 fixtures a week for three seasons in France, for a reported €275 million a year. These are the games previously owned by Mediapro. As a result the league’s long-standing broadcaster Canal+ has pulled out of its agreement to broadcast […]

June 14, 2021

Orange France must make €3.6m rights payment to Mediapro

Spanish TV group Mediapro has won its legal battle against Orange France concerning football fees payments to Telefoot. The Paris Commercial Court has ruled that Orange France must pay €3.6 million to Mediapro for the Ligue 1 and 2 football TV rights. The Court accepted Mediapro’s reasoning and refused Orange’s request of a compensation of over […]

June 7, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid

Mediapro takes Orange France to Court

Spanish TV group Mediapro has taken legal action against Orange France before the Paris Commercial Court demanding –  €3.6 million over La Ligue 1 and 2 football TV rights.  Mediapro justifies that amount on the grounds that it needs to pay its suppliers and former employees. Orange has refused that request and asked for a […]

May 19, 2021From David Del Valle in Madrid