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Pope Francis Says Abortion, Even of a Sick Fetus, Is Like Hiring a β€˜Hitman’

By Jason Horowitz

Conservatives have called Francis unacceptably weak on the issue. But his comments on Saturday, when he called abortion “inhuman eugenics,” were explicit.

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Online restrictions for Sky-Mediaset deal

By Julian Clover

Sky Italy will be prevented from distributing exclusive content online for a period of three years.

Italy’s competition regulator has imposed the restriction over fears a deal with Mediaset would further restrict competition in an area where Sky is already a significant force.

Last year, Mediaset announced it would be selling its premium DTT business to Sky as part of a wider agreement between the two broadcasters.

Sky subsequently launched a two-package terrestrial offfer Sky TV is priced at €19.90 and includes Sky Uno, Sky Atlantic, Fox, National Geographic, Sky TG24, and Mediaset-run channels Premium Action, Premium Crime, Premium Joi, Premium Stories, Premium Cinema, Premium Cinema Energy, Premium Cinema Emotion and Premium Cinema Comedy.

The second premium offer for €10 comprises Sky Sport 24 and Sky Sports 1.

Sky Italia has signalled its intention to appeal.

Europe Dispatch: What Is Europe? Freedom, Slavery, Austerity or Nothing at All

By KATRIN BENNHOLD and ANDREW TESTA

As Europeans go to the polls in a Continental election, a New York Times reporter set out to find out what Europe means to Europeans in 2019.

Sportitalia to launch 4 sports channels on DTT via HbbTV

By Robert Briel

In July, Sportitalia will launch four new interactive sports channels on free-to-air digital terrestrial television using the HbbTV standard.

Sportitalia will broadcast 4 new channels: Sportitalia HD, SI Solo Calcio, SI Motori and SI Live24. The new interactive offer SI Smart by Sportitalia will be accessible through a Smart TV (in Italy there are currently almost 8 million and 27.5% of families have it available) using HbbTV.

The new technology will also allow access to an extensive archive of on-demand material made up of matches, magazines and broadcasts always available to the 1.5 million viewers (Auditel data) who daily tune in to the frequencies of Sportitalia.

The digital revolution of Sportitalia does not stop there, because in the coming weeks the restyling of the website sportitalia.com will be completed: more functions, more content and a renewed graphic interface that will facilitate the user experience.

The SI Smart project has been developed together with Sportradar, a company in the international market with a value of 2.4 billion dollars with CEO Carsten Koerl and among investors Mark Cuban, Tedd Leonsis and the former NBA star, Michael Jordan.

Michele Criscitiello (CEO of Sportitalia): “We have been working on this project for 10 months with Sportradar and Kineton and we are finally seeing the light of day. It’s the future, a product aimed at young people and the target group that has been constantly following Sportitalia since 2004. Thanks to Smart TV and the Internet, today there is, finally, the possibility for a publisher with content to make more channels. This is unthinkable on digital terrestrial for the cost of bandwidth. Obviously we are starting a year earlier than the digital revolution that will take place between 2020 and 2021, as Sportitalia did in the past in the transition from analog to digital terrestrial. One channel in HD, one dedicated to information and two vertical channels on Football and Motors: the passions of our viewers. All in clear and as always free. Today 27.5% of families have a Smart TV but the forecasts are clear and within 12-18 months all Italians will have a Smart TV at home. It has always been said that the future is TV with internet. From this summer Sportitalia will be ready to take a dip in the future.

Giuseppe Sampino, (Commercial Director of the Sports Media area in Sportradar and head of the SI Smart project): “We are thrilled to further strengthen our partnership with Sportitalia with this innovative project. It is a journey that began two years ago with the launch of the channel’s OTT platform: we have given users the opportunity to follow all live and on-demand broadcasts via computers and mobile devices. With the launch of SI Smart will give space to many new sports offering federations, leagues and clubs a unique opportunity to develop their own dedicated OTT offer, while ensuring clear exposure at the national level.

Kineton, an Italian company that provides engineering services, has collaborated in the creation of the new SI Smart platform.

The broadcaster will invest in the acquisition of national and international rights, football and not only, continuing the strategy of growth and expansion of the product that has allowed in recent years to consolidate itself on the market and to carve out an important space in the world of Italian sports broadcasting.

The new structure will also open up to a much richer and more integrated commercial offer, with greater possibilities for promoting one’s own brand. Direct interaction with social networks and interactivity: a new way of making TV that will be made available to the federations and all the partners of the broadcaster.

Sportitalia to launch 4 sports channels on DTT via HbbTV

By Robert Briel

In July, Sportitalia will launch four new interactive sports channels on free-to-air digital terrestrial television using the HbbTV standard.

Sportitalia will broadcast 4 new channels: Sportitalia HD, SI Solo Calcio, SI Motori and SI Live24. The new interactive offer SI Smart by Sportitalia will be accessible through a Smart TV (in Italy there are currently almost 8 million and 27.5% of families have it available) using HbbTV.

The new technology will also allow access to an extensive archive of on-demand material made up of matches, magazines and broadcasts always available to the 1.5 million viewers (Auditel data) who daily tune in to the frequencies of Sportitalia.

The digital revolution of Sportitalia does not stop there, because in the coming weeks the restyling of the website sportitalia.com will be completed: more functions, more content and a renewed graphic interface that will facilitate the user experience.

The SI Smart project has been developed together with Sportradar, a company in the international market with a value of 2.4 billion dollars with CEO Carsten Koerl and among investors Mark Cuban, Tedd Leonsis and the former NBA star, Michael Jordan.

Michele Criscitiello (CEO of Sportitalia): “We have been working on this project for 10 months with Sportradar and Kineton and we are finally seeing the light of day. It’s the future, a product aimed at young people and the target group that has been constantly following Sportitalia since 2004. Thanks to Smart TV and the Internet, today there is, finally, the possibility for a publisher with content to make more channels. This is unthinkable on digital terrestrial for the cost of bandwidth. Obviously we are starting a year earlier than the digital revolution that will take place between 2020 and 2021, as Sportitalia did in the past in the transition from analog to digital terrestrial. One channel in HD, one dedicated to information and two vertical channels on Football and Motors: the passions of our viewers. All in clear and as always free. Today 27.5% of families have a Smart TV but the forecasts are clear and within 12-18 months all Italians will have a Smart TV at home. It has always been said that the future is TV with internet. From this summer Sportitalia will be ready to take a dip in the future.

Giuseppe Sampino, (Commercial Director of the Sports Media area in Sportradar and head of the SI Smart project): “We are thrilled to further strengthen our partnership with Sportitalia with this innovative project. It is a journey that began two years ago with the launch of the channel’s OTT platform: we have given users the opportunity to follow all live and on-demand broadcasts via computers and mobile devices. With the launch of SI Smart will give space to many new sports offering federations, leagues and clubs a unique opportunity to develop their own dedicated OTT offer, while ensuring clear exposure at the national level.

Kineton, an Italian company that provides engineering services, has collaborated in the creation of the new SI Smart platform.

The broadcaster will invest in the acquisition of national and international rights, football and not only, continuing the strategy of growth and expansion of the product that has allowed in recent years to consolidate itself on the market and to carve out an important space in the world of Italian sports broadcasting.

The new structure will also open up to a much richer and more integrated commercial offer, with greater possibilities for promoting one’s own brand. Direct interaction with social networks and interactivity: a new way of making TV that will be made available to the federations and all the partners of the broadcaster.

Is Italy’s Front-Runner a Marshmallow?

By BEPPE SEVERGNINI

Matteo Salvini is far in the lead for this month’s European elections, but Italians are hard to rein in.

Steve Bannon Is a Fan of Italy’s Donald Trump

By ROGER COHEN

He’s crisscrossing Europe because he believes it’s a bellwether for the United States. The scary thing is he could be right.

Growing concerns over Greece and Italy, as negotiations stall on eurozone budget

By Beatriz Rios

Latest Greece and Italy’s fiscal plans raised concerns in Brussels, as the Eurogroup met for another round of negotiations on the budgetary instrument for the Eurozone on Thursday (16 May), without major achievements.

Italy clouds Eurogroup discussion on public spending

By Jorge Valero

Finance ministers from the 19 eurozone countries will review public spending in the region on Thursday (16 May), with Italy once again in the spotlight amid an ongoing economic slowdown.

Matteo Salvini’s Permanent Campaign Turns to European Parliament

By JASON HOROWITZ

Since taking office, the hard-line Italian populist has hardly been in the office. With European Parliament elections approaching, he has gone into overdrive.

Rediscoveries: A Villa Built During Milan’s Fascist Period Finds a Second Life

By NANCY HASS

Born in the troubling Italian era, one classic Piero Portaluppi home has reopened as a contemporary art gallery.

Venice Biennale’s Top Prize Goes to Lithuania

By FARAH NAYERI

“Sun & Sea (Marina),” which features opera singers on an artificial beach, was the second successive performance piece to win the Golden Lion for best national participation.

Footsteps: Retracing Truman Capote’s Moment in the Mediterranean Sun

By RATHA TEP

Before the author reached the height of his fame, he escaped to seaside idylls in southern Italy and Spain to write, swim and bask under the sun with his great love.

Mediaset said to buy Sony’s DTT channels in Italy

By Robert Briel

Mediaset is reported to be very close to an agreement for the purchase of channels 45 and 55 from Sony Pictures Television.

According to Il Sole 24 Ore, Sony would sell its two free-to-air DTT channels Pop and Cine Sony, marking the exit of the broadcaster from the Italian DTT market.

The move follows the news that Sony is pulling the plug out of the Dutch premium Film1 channels.

The news of the sale to Mediaset follows rumors of talks with various interested parties, including Viacom, De Agostini, Fox and Mediaset itself.

Channel 45 (Childrens channel Pop) will be acquired through a joint venture with Turner Broadcasting System, while channel 55 will go directly to Mediaset.

Mediaset has recently increased its presence on digital terrestrial after having taken over channel 66 (formerly ReteCapri, now Italia2) and its HD version.

The broadcaster seems to go for free-to-air on DTT, following the decision to cease broadcasting Mediaset Premium on Italy’s digital terrestrial network on June 1, 2019, and will make the channels available as an OTT service on the Infinity platform.

Mediaset said to buy Sony’s DTT channels in Italy

By Robert Briel

Mediaset is reported to be very close to an agreement for the purchase of channels 45 and 55 from Sony Pictures Television.

According to Il Sole 24 Ore, Sony would sell its two free-to-air DTT channels Pop and Cine Sony, marking the exit of the broadcaster from the Italian DTT market.

The move follows the news that Sony is pulling the plug out of the Dutch premium Film1 channels.

The news of the sale to Mediaset follows rumors of talks with various interested parties, including Viacom, De Agostini, Fox and Mediaset itself.

Channel 45 (Childrens channel Pop) will be acquired through a joint venture with Turner Broadcasting System, while channel 55 will go directly to Mediaset.

Mediaset has recently increased its presence on digital terrestrial after having taken over channel 66 (formerly ReteCapri, now Italia2) and its HD version.

The broadcaster seems to go for free-to-air on DTT, following the decision to cease broadcasting Mediaset Premium on Italy’s digital terrestrial network on June 1, 2019, and will make the channels available as an OTT service on the Infinity platform.

The Aperol Spritz Is Not a Good Drink

By REBEKAH PEPPLER

The popular, Instagram-friendly apéritif drinks like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way.

Slowing growth: EU countries urged to further adjust spending

By Jorge Valero

The European Commission called on Spain, Italy, France and Belgium to do more efforts to balance their public accounts yesterday (7 May), citing a slowing economy.

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