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Telecoms
Size
Large Cap
Market Cap £9.17bn
Enterprise Value £34.13bn
Revenue £12.89bn
Position in Universe th / 7329

UPDATE 1-Italian watchdog calls on DAZN to fix Serie A live streaming problems

Thu 7th October, 2021 7:14pm
(Add context, details, DAZN comment)
    By Elvira Pollina
    MILAN, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Italy's communications watchdog on
Thursday called on sport streaming app DAZN to put measures in
place in order to prevent malfunctions during streaming of live
matches of the country's top soccer league Serie A, stepping up
pressure on the online platform.
    Owned by billionaire Len Blavatnik, DAZN in March secured
the rights to screen Serie A live matches for three seasons with
a 2.5 billion euro ($2.89 billion) bid, under a technical and
distribution partnership with Italy's biggest phone group
Telecom Italia  TLIT.MI .  
    The deal, a major one for DAZN in Europe, marked also a
major shift for Italy where live soccer, one of the most prized
and popular content in the country, had been mostly distributed
through satellite and digital terrestrial television platforms.
    However, since the start of the current season viewers
complained about blockages and poor quality of the streaming
while at least three major outages occurred during live matches,
sparkling protests among users.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2QP5HW
    AGCOM said DAZN must adopt all measures to prevent
malfunctions of its video platform as well as developing an
efficient customer care service in order to address reported
services issues.
    The authority also said it had launched a procedure to
define quality parameters for live streaming of matches of
Italy's top flight soccer league and thresholds and criteria for
possible compensation in case those were not met.
    DAZN said in a statement it has already shared with Italian
authorities measures it had put in place to improve the service.
"We remain available to discuss with the watchdog in order to
agree more efficient and fair solutions in the short term", it
added.
      
($1 = 0.8653 euros)

 (Reporting by Elvira Pollina; editing by Agnieszka Flak and
Alistair Bell)
 ((elvira.pollina@thomsonreuters.com;))
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