Telecom Italia

Italian regulator to probe Vivendi’s Mediaset move

Italian antitrust watchdog AGCOM has stepped into the battle raging between Vivendi and Mediaset with a notice that it intends to investigate whether Vivendi’s move to acquire over 20% of the Italian broadcaster could be in breach of cross-ownership rules. According to AGCOM, the French media giant’s move could be in breach of a provision […]

Mediaset and Vivendi in war of words

The war of words between Mediaset and Vivendi over the latter’s second thoughts about buying the Italian broadcaster’s struggling pay TV unit shows no signs of abating. Mediaset on Friday accused Vivendi of being in breach of trading rules by releasing what it described as “totally subjective” information about the company’s performance during normal trading […]

Telecom Italia chief exit talks confirmed

Telecom Italia has confirmed that it is in talks with CEO Marco Patuano over the terms of the latter’s departure, following weeks of speculation over his future. Responding to a request by market regulator Consob, Telecom Italia confirmed exit plans were being discussed. “Negotiations are ongoing with the chief executive officer aimed at the definition […]

Vivendi ‘won’t vote Telecom Italia share plan’

France-basee media giant Vivendi is to abstain from voting on Telecom Italia’s plan to convert its non-voting savings shares into ordinary shares, meaning the proposal is unlikely to come to fruition. Telecom Italia last month proposed to convert savings shares to ordinary shares at a price of one savings share plus 9.5 euro cents in […]

Netflix reveals Spain, Portugal, Italy launch dates

Netflix will launch in Spain on October 20, in Portugal on October 21 and in Italy on October 22 it has confirmed. Subscribers in each of the countries will be able to choose between three packages – basic, standard and premium, priced at €7.99 (US$8.91), €9.99 and €11.99 respectively. The basic package will let users […]

Telecom Italia eyes 500k TV customers

Telecom Italia is targeting 550,000 video customers by the end of this year following its recent deals with Netflix, Sky and Mediaset Premium to distribute their services to TIMvision set-top boxes. Speaking to analysts after the company released its second-quarter results at the end of last week, CEO Marco Patuano said that a large part […]

Mediaset secures premium Telecom Italia deal

Mediaset and Telecom Italia have agreed a deal whereby the telecom operator will distribute Mediaset Premium, including its exclusive Champions League football coverage. From September, a new version of the Premium offering dubbed Premium Online will be made available to Telecom Italia subscribers via its TIMvision set-top. Premium Online will provide pay TV platform Mediaset […]

Netflix scores Telecom Italia carriage

Netflix has secured carriage on Telecom Italia platforms ahead of its launch in Italy this autumn. The deal means Netflix will be offered to internet customers of the Italian mobile and phone group’s set-top box TIMvision. At launch in Italy, Netflix will offer original series such as Daredevil, Sense8, Bloodline, Grace and Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy […]

Vivendi to up stake in Telecom Italia

Vivendi is expected to announce a deal to take a stake in Telecom Italia this week, according to a report in French financial daily Les Echos. Citing a source close to the matter, the paper reported that a deal is likely to be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday that will see Vivendi take a stake […]

Vivendi accepts Telefonica’s €7.5bn Brazil cable offer

Vivendi has decided to enter into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica for the sale of its Brazilian subsdiary GVT following the submission of an improved €7.45 billion (US$9.8 billion) offer by the Spanish telco yesterday. Telefónica has offered €4.66 billion in cash and a 12% stake in Telefónica Brasil. Vivendi will have the option to exchange […]