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Serie A mulls Sky Italia acquisition

Italy’s top-flight football league Serie A is considering a purchase of Sky Italia. The move is understood to be one of two items being discussed at a meeting of the clubs, according to daily La Stampa. One is the next auction for TV rights and negotiations with investment funds and banks that have offered to […]

March 13, 2023By Colin Mann

Sky Italia announces further staff cuts

Sky Italia is planning voluntary redundancies or job changes for 800 employees, on top of the 400 announced in 2021.  The reorganisation plans were announced by Sky Italia CEO Andrea Duilio at the annual meeting with trade union representatives. The Italian pay-TV operator explained that the staff cuts are part of ‘an extensive upskilling, reskilling, […]

March 13, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Sky Italia increases investment in Italian content

Sky Italia is investing €1.2 billion per year for content and TV rights in Italy, revealed CEO Andrea Duilio speaking to local daily Il Sole 24 Ore. According to Duilio, the pay-TV broadcaster allocated €260 million in 2021 alone, which is 30 per cent more than three years ago. Despite the continued multiplication of OTT […]

September 21, 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: Football TV ratings plummet

Italian Serie A football clubs lost between 20 and 50 per cent of their TV audience during the first half of the  season, compared to a year earlier. The figures come from Auditel data, published by local daily Italia Oggi. The country’s top football club, Juventus, saw its audience fall by nearly 50 per cent, […]

February 21, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italian anti-piracy targets 500,000 IPTV users

An investigation launched by the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office has dismantled a digital piracy operation known as ‘CyberGroup’ that provided illegal IPTV services to over 500,000 users. Italy’s Guardia di Finanza carried out searches at homes of 20 people suspected of violating copyright law in Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Campania and Calabria. The investigation established that […]

January 26, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Sky Italia launching Sky Cinema 4K

Sky Cinema 4K, the first channel in Italy entirely dedicated to movies in 4K HDR, will launch on January 28th. Sky Cinema 4K will be available on channel 313, adding to the 11 Sky Cinema branded channels, and will be available at no additional cost to all Sky Cinema customers with Sky Q via satellite […]

January 11, 2022

Explorer HD channel expands over Europe

Rome-based documentary and movie channel Explorer HD is expanding with availability on satellite over the rest of Europe and now online. Backed by the former president of Eutelsat, Giuliano Berretta via Oberon Media, the channel is investing heavily in original content for its service which Berretta says “is very green and environmentally committed”. The expansion […]

January 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

Italy: SVoD platforms adds 3m subs

The number of Italian subscribers to SVoD platforms amounted to 13.7 million at the end of October 2021, a growth of three million compared to a year ago. Research conducted by EY also reveals that the number of SVoD users reached 17.4 million, while unique subscribers totaled 7.8 million, up by 1.2 million and 800,000, […]

December 22, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy: Tivùsat reaches 4.4m active smart cards

Italian FTA satellite platform Tivùsat is ending 2021 with 4.4 million active smart cards. More than 10 per cent of Italian households now receive satellite TV through Tivùsat, for an estimated audience of six million viewers. The offer consists of 180 channels (TV and radio), of which 60 are in HD. All channels of public […]

December 3, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome