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Italian football piracy ring busted

Italian authorities have dismantled a major football piracy ring, arresting 21 suspects and blocking illegal streaming signals for popular subscription-based services including Sky Italia, DAZN and Netflix. The criminal organisation, estimated to earn millions monthly, operated across Italy and abroad, distributing protected content through illegal IPTV and live streaming websites. Spearheaded by the Catania prosecutor’s […]

December 19, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy: DAZN, Sky renew Serie A rights

The partnership between DAZN and Lega Serie A has been reconfirmed in Italy, with the entire Serie A TIM available to watch on DAZN until 2029. Italian football fans can watch every Serie A TIM match live on DAZN, with seven exclusive matches (266 out of 380 matches per season) and three co-exclusive matches with […]

October 23, 2023

Red Bishop Media acquires LT Multimedia library

Newly formed content distribution and production company, Red Bishop Media, has acquired over 6,000 hours of food, travel and leisure content from LT Multimedia. The library includes programmes previously aired on Italian channels Alice TV, Marco Polo, Leonardo and Nuvolari. Andrew Miller, CEO of Red Bishop Media, commented: “We are proud to re-introduce thousands of […]

August 2, 2023

Sky Italia improves performance with AWS

With five million subscribers, Sky Italia is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies and the largest pay TV provider in Italy. One of the biggest draws to the service is X-Factor, the award-winning TV music competition. A key part of the show is that the home viewing audience votes for their favorite performers, […]

June 28, 2023

Italy: Number of TV channels drops

Italian households had the potential of receiving 343 TV channels on DTT and satellite in 2022, down from 413 in 2021, distributed by over 100 broadcasters, of which 80 based in Italy. The annual survey by Confindustria Radio Televisioni (CRTV), shows that 292 channels were owned by broadcasters based in Italy, of which 106 distributed […]

April 21, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

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