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Mediaset to expand HD offering on Tivùsat

Italy’s Mediaset is expanding its HD offering on the Tivùsat DTH platform as of July 17th. Besides the existing HD versions of Canale 5; Rete 4; Italia 1; and 27, the broadcaster will add eight more TV channels in HD, namely Iris, La5, Cine34, Focus, Top Crime, Tgcom24, Mediaset Extra and Italia2. This will bring […]

June 27, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

MFE ups Mediaset cash offer

MediaForEurope (MFE – the renamed Mediaset) has upped by 16 per cent the cash part for its bid for its own Spanish-listed subsidiary Mediaset Espana. MFE said that the share consideration was unchanged and claimed that Mediaset Espana was now recommending MFE‘s improved offer. MFE said it would offer 4.5 of its ordinary A shares […]

June 7, 2022

Tivùsat sees record year; new president

Italian free-to-air digital TV platform, Tivùsat, has reported 507,000 new activations in 2021 – almost double the average of previous years and a new record. With the new additions, the platform closed 2021 with 4.6 million active smart cards. Preliminary data from March 2022 reveals that the number of Tivùsat activations tripled compared to the […]

May 6, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy ends 2021 with 421 TV channels

After a persistent drop in recent years, the number of TV channels in Italy started growing again in 2021, mainly on the free-to-air DTT platform, according to the annual report of sector organisation Confindustria Radio TV. At the same time, as a result of closures of third party channels (Disney, AXN, Fox, Discovery, RCS) due […]

April 22, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy: Online content consumption up 44% in 3 years

Over the last three years, Italians have increased time spent viewing online entertainment content by 44 per cent, according to Comscore data for January 2022. Online video represents the most widespread form of digital entertainment, thanks to operators such as YouTube, which has a 95 per cent penetration rate among the Italian digital population Also […]

April 14, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Vodafone Spain adds Mediaset’s OTT Mitele

Vodafone Spain has integrated Mediaset-owned OTT platform, Mitele, into its offer allowing its subscribers to have direct access to its content. Mitele provides live TV and VoD content from Tele 5, Cuatro, Energy, FDF, Dvinity, BeMad and Boing through 4K and 4K Pro STBs and other devices compatible with the app (including Android, iOS, Fire […]

March 31, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Bank analyses MFE’s Mediaset bid

MFE-MediaForEurope, the Berlusconi-backed broadcaster, has announced a bid for the 44 per cent of Mediaset Spain that it does not own. The bid has an implied price per share of €5.60. MFE is offering cash of €1.86 per Mediaset Spain share, plus 4.5 MFE A shares per MSE share held. The implied value, at close […]

March 17, 2022

Berlusconi confirms Mediaset Spain bid

Silvio Berlusconi has launched a €780 million bid to become the 100 per cent owner of Mediaset Spain. MFE-MediaForEurope, the Berlusconi-controlled group, will pay up to €5.613 per share, taking 44 per cent as the other 56 per cent is already under its control. The group will pay €258 million in cash and 624 new […]

March 16, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Berlusconi may consolidate Mediaset Spain

Italian media tycoon and former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is reportedly considering launching a takeover bid for the 44 per cent stake in Mediaset Spain he doesn’t already control through MFE-MediaForEurope. The CNMV (stock market) has suspended Mediaset Spain shares in view of the potential bid, valued at around €700 million according to Bloomberg. Berlusconi […]

March 14, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid

Bank upbeat for MFE-MediaForEurope

MFE-MediaForEurope, the new holding business formed by Mediaset under the Dutch registered umbrella company, has received a positive note from equity analysts at Berenberg Bank. MFE-MediaForEurope released a preliminary alert as to its expected financials (themselves due in full towards the end of April) and these, says the bank, appeared to be well ahead of […]

March 3, 2022