Sky Deutschland strikes first collective remuneration deal with creatives

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has struck agreements with two groups representing TV creatives in Germany on common rules for remuneration.   Sky has concluded agreements with Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di) and the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. (BFFS), which represent performing artists and other creatives on fair and appropriate payment for contributors. The agreement also sets rules […]

Sky Italia adds RAI and Mediaset channels to Sky Go app in Italy

Sky Italia has announced that all of Italy’s main TV channels, those operated by Rai, Mediaset and La7, are now all available through its Sky Go app. According to the Comcast-owned platform, the Sky app is the first in Italy to bring together all of the main Italian free-to-air channels with Sky’s range of channels […]

Sky Sports secures ICC live cricket rights through until 2031

UK pay TV broadcaster Sky Sports has announced a new long-term deal with cricket governing body the ICC which means it will continue to show top international cricket into the next decade. The renewed partnership starts in 2024 and runs until 2031. The deal gives Sky and its streaming platform NOW the broadcast and digital rights to show all men’s and women’s events at the […]

Sky drops episode one of The Last of Us on YouTube for free

HBO’s critically-acclaimed scripted series The Last of Us has been one of the early breakout hits of 2023. To capitalise on its popularity, the show’s UK broadcaster Sky is showing the first episode for free on the Sky TV YouTube channel. A post-apocalyptic drama based on a popular Sony Playstation game, the first episode of […]

Comcast: big is bountiful

Comcast, which the European Audiovisual Observatory this week identified as Europe’s biggest media company by revenue, ahead of Netflix, produced a mixed bag of full-year results for 2022, with streaming service Peacock’s success in attracting subscribers set against a darkening outlook for UK pay TV giant Sky. In his opening remarks on Comcast’s investor call, […]

Peacock hits 20 million subs as Comcast weathers the storm

Media giant Comcast finished 2022 in robust shape, according to the company’s end of year and 4th Quarter 2022 financial results. Despite continued challenges in its overall PayTV business and revenue declines at Sky, the company was buoyed up by growth at its streaming platform Peacock and its theme park and movie businesses. While overall […]

Amazon and Sky extend alliance with addition of music app

The Amazon Music app has been added to Sky Glass, Sky Stream and Sky Q today, offering millions of songs and albums, thousands of playlists, and latest releases. To access, Sky customers can use voice command or find it in the expanding apps rail. Fraser Stirling, global chief product officer at Sky, said: “At Sky […]

Sky Italia co-founder Andrea Zappia to depart group later this year

Sky stalwart Andrea Zappia is to leave the company, according to reports emerging from the Italian media. One of the key architects of the Sky Italia service and Sky Showtime partnership, he will stay with the company until the middle of the year. The news was delivered in an internal memo from Sky CEO Dana […]

UK’s Sky to offer Discovery+ streaming service for free

UK platform operator Sky TV has made streaming service Discovery+ available to its subscribers at no extra charge. Starting immediately, Sky Q, Sky Glass and Sky Stream customers can sign up to the service, saving £6.99/€6.99 a month. The switch will give Sky customers free access to a range of factual shows and live sports events. […]

SkyShowtime acquires raft of HBO Max shows

SkyShowtime, the recently launched Comcast and Paramount joint-streamer, has acquired 21 former HBO Max European originals in a deal with Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD). The service has picked up exclusive European rights to 168 episodes – more than 150 hours in total – of both new, unaired shows and programming that previously premiered on HBO […]

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