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Grass Valley cameras central to Sky Italia’s studio investment

Sky Italia has put Grass Valley cameras at the heart of its studio operation. The deployment is part of a wider studio camera upgrade, allowing the broadcaster to meet rising demand for live content and enable new services. The Grass Valley LDX 86N Series cameras give the broadcaster an easy upgrade route to IP and […]

March 23, 2021

Study: 11m Italians listen to radio via TV

A study by Italian research institute Censis has revealed that 19 million Italians follow radio stations in video format via multiscreen, of which almost 11 million are via a TV screen. Despite the heavy impact of Covid-19 on advertising sales, radio remains widely popular in Italy, with over 41 million Italians tuning in to radio […]

March 22, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italian video streaming market grows 52% in 2020

Video streaming in Italy grew by 52 per cent in January 2021 compared to the same month last year, while linear TV grew by only 11 per cent in the same period. These figures come from a study by digital marketing consultancy Sensemakers that confirms last year’s positive trend in video streaming consumption, especially during […]

March 12, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Sky Italia fined €2m for ‘unfair practices’

Italy’s Antitrust Authority has imposed fines totalling €2 million on Sky Italia for unfair commercial practices. The case relates to the behaviour of the pay-TV broadcaster during the Covid-19 health emergency and the consequent suspension of live broadcasting of sports competitions. One of the “unfair practices” was that Sky Italia did not automatically refund the […]

February 23, 2021

Italy: 330 national TV channels

At the end of December 2020, there were 390 TV channels, owned by 114 broadcasting groups, that could be received in Italy via the main distribution platforms. The report, published by Confindustria TV, considered all channels distributed on the national DTT multiplexes, the subscription-based satellite platform Sky Italia and FTA DTH service TivùSat. The figures […]

February 16, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy’s broadcasting sector sees 10% revenue drop

Italy’s broadcasting sector saw a 10.7 per cent annual drop in revenues during the first half of 2020, to €3.9 billion, largely brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a report by Mediobanca, radio suffered the most (-29 per cent), followed by free-to-air TV (-14 per cent), while pay-TV revenue was relatively stable (-0.8 […]

February 5, 2021

Mediaset wins Champions League FTA and streaming

Italian broadcasting group Mediaset has acquired the streaming rights for 104 matches from the UEFA Champions League during the 2021-2024 seasons. According to Italian news agency Radicor, Sky Italia and Mediaset have snatched up the most important Italian TV rights packages for Europe’s premier football competition. Besides the streaming rights, Mediaset also obtained the exclusive […]

January 19, 2021From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Italy: Amazon to bid for Serie A rights

Amazon is planning to join the bidding for the TV rights to Serie A football in Italy, taking on the likes of Comcast’s Sky and DAZN. Amazon plans to bid for streaming rights that would see games air on its Prime Video service. The country’s top flight league has set a January 26th deadline to […]

January 14, 2021

Sky Italia faces antitrust probe

Italy’s antitrust body has opened an inquiry on Sky Italia and its concurrent activities in the media and telecommunications markets. According to the Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCom), the inquiry concerns in particular Sky Italia Holdings “because of the activities carried out through directly or indirectly controlled companies in these markets”. In […]

December 16, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Pandemic shrinks Italian TV market by over €400m

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Italian TV market has lost over €400 million in value. TV advertising is down by 13 per cent, while pay-TV is the only positive performer. These are the main conclusions of the Television Market in Italy 2020-2022 report published by Rome-based ITMedia Consulting. Also, pay-TV surpasses FTA for the […]

November 24, 2020From Branislav Pekic in Rome