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DAZN won broadcast rights for Serie A in Italy | Instant News


MILAN (Reuters) – Serie A clubs on Friday granted DAZN the primary domestic right to screen Italy’s top football championships for the next three seasons, two sources said, in one of the biggest offerings for streaming services in Europe.

FILE PHOTO: The DAZN logo of an internet streaming service is pictured at his office in Tokyo, Japan, March 21, 2017. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon

DAZN, which entered the Italian market in 2018, is offering around 2.5 billion euros ($ 2.95 billion) for the right to screen all Serie A matches in the 2021-2024 period, including exclusive rights for seven out of 10 matches per match day, previous sources the word.

DAZN beat rival Sky’s bid, owned by US group Comcast, which has offered 2.25 billion euros for Serie A rights to its satellite and digital terrestrial TV platform.

Serie A will hold talks through Monday with Sky about screenings of three matches per match day on a non-exclusive basis, said the same source.

Under the current three-year agreement, Serie A raises around 2.9 billion euros from Sky and DAZN, with Sky holding the lion’s share of the rights.

At the teleconference meeting, 16 out of 20 clubs supported DAZN’s bid to buy broadcast rights to all Serie A matches, said two sources, who attended the meeting.

Broadcast rights are a major source of revenue for Serie A and are increasingly important as matches are played in empty stadiums due to COVID-19 restrictions and companies shrinking sponsorship budgets.

But rampant inflation in the sector has shown signs of peaking before the pandemic and has been further negatively affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The German Bundesliga has agreed a 4.4 billion euro deal for four-year domestic broadcast rights from 2021/22 onwards, with Sky awarded the main package of all Saturday’s matches.

BIG STEPS FOR DAZN

The deal with Serie A is one of the largest a sports streaming app has ever secured with a major football league and marks a major advance on DAZN’s current deal with Serie A.

Under a deal that expires in June, DAZN is offering Italian customers three out of 10 Serie A matches per match day.

Owned by billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, DAZN signed a technology and distribution agreement with Telecom Italia (TIM) to increase its Serie A offering.

TIM will cover more than 40% of the annual payment that DAZN has to pay to Serie A, a document seen by Reuters shows, when betting on football to promote broadband services and ultra-fast pay TV. TIM shares were up as much as 3.6% on the Milan stock market on Friday.

Home to Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo, Serie A has been discussing offers for weeks, with several clubs expressing doubts over a deal with DAZN and looking to maintain the league’s long-term partnership with Sky.

Clashes between Serie A clubs over a separate 1.7 billion euro deal to sell a 10% stake in the new company that handles the league’s media rights also contributed to the stalemate.

In an effort to ease some clubs’ concerns over its nationwide reach, the sports streaming app is trying to get some TV frequencies in Italy, said a source with knowledge of the matter.

The deal underscores the challenges traditional pay TV broadcasters face from video streaming app services that have seen their popularity rise during the pandemic as people spend more time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The pandemic has helped make video streaming more common in Italy, where users are more traditional,” said Augusto Preta, founder of consulting firm Itmedia.

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Reporting by Elvira Pollina, editing by Maria Pia Quaglia and Hugh Lawson / Keith Weir / Ken Ferris

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DAZN won broadcast rights for Serie A in Italy | Instant News


MILAN (Reuters) – Serie A clubs on Friday granted DAZN the primary domestic right to screen Italy’s top football championships for the next three seasons, two sources said, in one of the biggest offerings for streaming services in Europe.

FILE PHOTO: The DAZN logo of an internet streaming service is pictured at his office in Tokyo, Japan, March 21, 2017. REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon

DAZN, which entered the Italian market in 2018, is offering around 2.5 billion euros ($ 2.95 billion) for the right to screen all Serie A matches in the 2021-2024 period, including exclusive rights for seven out of 10 matches per match day, previous sources the word.

DAZN beat rival Sky’s bid, owned by US group Comcast, which has offered 2.25 billion euros for Serie A rights to its satellite and digital terrestrial TV platform.

Serie A will hold talks through Monday with Sky about screenings of three matches per match day on a non-exclusive basis, said the same source.

Under the current three-year agreement, Serie A raises around 2.9 billion euros from Sky and DAZN, with Sky holding the lion’s share of the rights.

At the teleconference meeting, 16 out of 20 clubs supported DAZN’s bid to buy broadcast rights to all Serie A matches, said two sources, who attended the meeting.

Broadcast rights are a major source of revenue for Serie A and are increasingly important as matches are played in empty stadiums due to COVID-19 restrictions and companies shrinking sponsorship budgets.

But rampant inflation in the sector has shown signs of peaking before the pandemic and has been further negatively affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The German Bundesliga has agreed a 4.4 billion euro deal for four-year domestic broadcast rights from 2021/22 onwards, with Sky awarded the main package of all Saturday’s matches.

BIG STEPS FOR DAZN

The deal with Serie A is one of the largest a sports streaming app has ever secured with a major football league and marks a major advance on DAZN’s current deal with Serie A.

Under a deal that expires in June, DAZN is offering Italian customers three out of 10 Serie A matches per match day.

Owned by billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, DAZN signed a technology and distribution agreement with Telecom Italia (TIM) to increase its Serie A offering.

TIM will cover more than 40% of the annual payment that DAZN has to pay to Serie A, a document seen by Reuters shows, when betting on football to promote broadband services and ultra-fast pay TV. TIM shares were up as much as 3.6% on the Milan stock market on Friday.

Home to Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo, Serie A has been discussing offers for weeks, with several clubs expressing doubts over a deal with DAZN and looking to maintain the league’s long-term partnership with Sky.

Clashes between Serie A clubs over a separate 1.7 billion euro deal to sell a 10% stake in the new company that handles the league’s media rights also contributed to the stalemate.

In an effort to ease some clubs’ concerns over its nationwide reach, the sports streaming app is trying to get some TV frequencies in Italy, said a source with knowledge of the matter.

The deal underscores the challenges traditional pay TV broadcasters face from video streaming app services that have seen their popularity rise during the pandemic as people spend more time at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The pandemic has helped make video streaming more common in Italy, where users are more traditional,” said Augusto Preta, founder of consulting firm Itmedia.

($ 1 = 0.8488 euros)

Reporting by Elvira Pollina, editing by Maria Pia Quaglia and Hugh Lawson / Keith Weir / Ken Ferris

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Soccer-DAZN in talks for the Italian TV frequency in the race for Serie A rights – source | Instant News


MILAN, March 11 (Reuters) – Sports streaming app DAZN is in talks to secure multiple TV frequencies in Italy, sources close to the matter said on Thursday, aiming to increase its reach across the country as it fights for Serie A broadcast rights.

DAZN, which entered the Italian market three years ago, is bidding for the rights to screen Italy’s top football league matches in Italy, as a challenge to the country’s dominant pay TV player, SKY.

The global sports streaming app upped the stakes last month with a 2.5 billion euro ($ 3 billion) bid for screen rights for all Serie A games over the next three seasons, including exclusive rights for seven out of 10 games per match day.

Under a three-year agreement that expires in June, DAZN pays 540 million euros to screen three out of 10 games per game day on its video streaming platform.

As part of efforts to expand its reach in the country, DAZN has started talks with Italian broadcaster Persidera to secure some TV frequencies, the source said, adding that the deal would be finalized if DAZN won the tender.

The owner of Persidera, the F2i infrastructure fund, declined to comment.

DAZN has entered into a technology and distribution agreement with the former Italian telephone monopoly Telecom Italia, provided DAZN secures its rights.

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Canadian pension fund CDPQ invests up to $ 317 million in Brazilian fiber network with Telefonica | Instant News


BRASILIA (Reuters) – Spanish telecommunications unit Telefonica SA in Brazil said on Tuesday it had agreed with Canadian pension fund CDPQ to create a joint venture to develop a “neutral and independent” wholesale fiber optic network in Brazil.

According to the securities filing, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) will invest up to 1.8 billion reais ($ 317 million) in the venture, receiving 50% of the voting rights. Telefonica Brasil will own 25% of the voting rights, while Telefonica Infra, another Spanish subsidiary, will own the remaining 25%.

The new venture, called FiBrasil Infraestrutura e Fibra Ótica SA, aims to reach 5.5 million households within 4 years.

Telefonica will be the “anchor customer” for FiBrasil and donate about 1.6 million homes that are already in operation.

Telefonica Chief Operating Officer Angel Vila said last week that the company was in talks with investors to expand high-speed fiber coverage to more Brazilian cities, following a similar project in Germany with insurance company Allianz. Vila did not mention the name of the investor in the Brazilian project at that time.

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Reporting by Jake Spring; Edited by Christian Plumb

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Deutsche Telekom offers a German digital vaccination ‘passport’ design | Instant News


FILE PHOTOS: Deutsche Telekom sign silhouettes against the sun and clouds over the headquarters of the German telecommunications giant in Bonn, Germany, February 19, 2019. REUTERS / Wolfgang Rattay

BERLIN (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom said on Monday it had submitted an application to the German government to draft digital vaccination passports, as part of European efforts to reopen travel for those with protection against COVID-19.

A spokesman confirmed that the telecommunications group had submitted a bid under a tender that was called up last week and closed on Monday. CEO Tim Hoettges told reporters on Friday that Deutsche Telekom plans to make an offer.

Health Minister Jens Spahn wants vaccination passports ready in 12 weeks as part of an EU plan in which they will serve as proof that the holder has been vaccinated or has recovered from a viral disease and thus has a degree of protection against the disease.

The EU executive aims to present its plans for a “digital green permit” on March 17 and to work with international organizations to ensure its systems also work outside the EU, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday.

Deutsche Telekom, which is partially owned by the state, co-designed a German smartphone app that uses Bluetooth short-range radio chat between devices to indicate and warn those at risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Corona Warn application, which has been downloaded nearly 26 million times, was created in partnership with SAP. However, the business software group said that was not part of the offer for digital vaccination passports.

US software giant Microsoft declined to comment on reports that it participated in the tender.

Germany already uses yellow passport-sized booklets to keep records of individual vaccinations. Under the existing plans, this tape – which does not entail any travel privileges – will go digital next year.

Reporting by Nadine Schimroszik, Written by Douglas Busvine, Editing by Susan Fenton

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