Mediaset Premium

Mediaset to strengthen on-demand offering

Mediaset is to strengthen its on-demand offering, Mediaset Play, with new content and will launch targeted advertising this year. Mediaset has also said that it expects its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, to continue to lose subscribers and revenues this year, but that margins will improve as the platform shifts towards an on-demand offering. Mediaset […]

Mediaset blames Vivendi for losses

Mediaset chief executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi has blamed the collapse of the Italian broadcaster’s pay TV deal with Vivendi for its record €294.5 million (US$316.6 million) loss last year. Speaking to journalists in Italy, Berlusconi said that if Vivendi had honoured its side of the deal to take control of Mediaset Premium, the company would […]

Mediaset acquisitions chief lands Premium job

Mediaset has named Marco Leonardi as the new CEO of its struggling pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium. Leonardi, who is currently head of acquisition and sales rights at Mediaset, will replace Franco Ricci, who has decided to pursue new professional opportunities outside the group. Mediaset said the appointment was to be seen as part of […]

Mediaset ‘still open to right Vivendi deal’

Mediaset is still open to a deal with France-based Vivendi that “creates value”, but no proposal is currently on the table, according to Pier Silvio Berlusconi. Speaking to Italian journalists in London, where Mediaset presented its investment strategy up to 2020 this week, Berlusconi (pictured) said that the Italian media group had “not received any […]

Mediaset furious as Vivendi takes ‘stealth’ stake

Mediaset has reacted furiously to what it sees as a hostile takeover attempt by stealth after Vivendi acquired a 3.01% stake in the Italian media group. After acquiring the stake without consulting Mediaset, Vivendi said it intended to continue to acquire the Italian group’s shares “until possibly becoming Mediaset’s second largest industrial shareholder, which, to […]

Closing pay TV ‘worst option’ for Mediaset

Closing Mediaset Premium would be the worst of the choices on offer to the Italian broadcaster, but the status quo is not an option for Mediaset either, according to a report by financial analysts at Berenberg. Having previously worked on the assumption that a fresh deal between Mediaset and Vivendi would ultimately be agreed, Berenberg is now basing […]

Mediaset ‘to explore Sky deal’ if Vivendi war ends

Mediaset is in contact with Sky over a possible deal for control of troubled Italian pay TV unit Mediaset Premium, according to a Reuters report. According to Reuters, citing two unnamed sources close to the case, Mediaset and Sky have been in contact over a possible deal in the event of a definitive failure by […]

Vivendi could return with new Mediaset proposal

Vivendi may make a new proposal to Mediaset following the acrimonious collapse of its previously agreed strategic partnership with the Italian broadcaster and could use Italy’s Mediobanca as an intermediary, according to Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore. According to the financial daily, Vivendi could make peace overtures to coincide with its half-year results on […]

Vivendi pulls out of Mediaset deal

Vivendi has pulled out of its planned acquisition of an 89% stake in Mediaset Premium and submitted an alternative proposal to take a 20% in the pay TV outfit. This follows the emergence of what Vivendi described as “significant differences” in its analysis of Mediaset Premium’s results. Vivendi said that its CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine […]

Vivendi to close SVOD net Watchever

Vivendi is to shut down German OTT subscription video-on-demand service Watchever in December. Watchever’s 17-strong team in Berlin have been told that the service will cease to operate as of December 31, a source told TBI. French financial daily Les Echos was first to report the news. TBI understands that Vivendi plans to keep its […]