Italy's market for bundled services and converging media applications has been strengthened by the excellent DSL broadband network and the expanding fibre footprint. The digital TV market has progressed well, with a number of regions having switched to digital terrestrial TV and with broadcasters having set up a second DTH satellite platform to compete with Sky Italia. Satellite TV remains the main pay TV platform in the absence of cable TV, while IPTV has an increasing presence strengthened by upgraded fixed-line delivery networks. This report analyses Italy's digital media market, providing an overview of videostreaming and digital TV developments, and an assessment of regulatory and market measures following analogue switchover.
Telecom Italia contract Qwilt to provide online video delivery solution; Italy's broadcasters to move from DVB-MHP to the HTML-5 based HbbTV 2.0 format Dahlia TV folds; Sky Italia and Fastweb team to provide bundled services; Fox Media sells Sky Italia and its 57.4% interest in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB, renamed as Sky; TI Media and L'Espresso merge digital broadcasting assets, form Persidera as a new JV; Telecom Italia and Sky Italia agree to provide Sky content via TI's broadband network; Fastweb closes IPTV service; State Council allows Sky Italia withdraws from tender for DTT frequencies; TivùSat reports over one million active cards; report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2015, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Telecom Italia, Wind, Fastweb, Tiscali, Sky Italia, TivùSat.