Macquarie outlines scenarios for Sky, Comcast, Disney and Fox

Analysts at infrastructure investment group Macquarie have outlined four scenarios for Sky following Comcast’s announcement that it would bit for Sky, and upgraded its target on Sky to 1450p a share and suggesting that one scenario could place a value of close to US$100 billion on a deal. The analysts said that Comcast could bid […]

Murdoch outfoxed by Comcast Sky bid

Stuart Thomson looks at the likely fallout from Comcast’s audacious bid to take over Sky. The biggest news in pay TV this week is clearly Comcast’s move to outfox Fox and acquire Sky for £22.1 billion (€25 billion). Comcast’s move throws a fresh obstacle in the long and tortuous path followed by Rupert Murdoch in his […]

Sky to add Netflix to new pay TV pack

Sky is to bundle subscription video-on-demand service Netflix as part of a new Sky pay TV subscription package in Europe. Customers with Sky’s next-generation, Ultra HD Sky Q box will be able to access the service for the first time. Netflix will launch along with the new subscription pack in the UK and Ireland in […]

Now TV Smart Stick goes on sale

Sky’s new Roku-powered Now TV Smart Stick has gone on sale in the UK, priced at just £14.99. The device comes with voice search, is available bundled with various Now TV content packages and also supports more than 50 apps – such as YouTube, Sky Store and Vevo. The Now TV Smart Stick, which was […]

English Premier League: Sky, BT and the Amazon question

Stuart Thomson looks at the implications of this week’s Premier League rights award to Sky and BT, and speculation over Amazon’s intentions.  Coverage of this week’s Premier League auction results focused on the reduced amount paid by the winners to secure the bulk of rights on offer, and on the absence – so far – […]

21st Century Fox promises independent board for Sky News

21st Century Fox has promised a fully-independent board for Sky News and insulation of the service from possible editorial interference from the Murdoch family in a bid to secure approval for its planned takeover of Sky. Fox’s proposal for a fully-independent board for the UK news channel goes a step beyond an earlier pledge to […]

Fox still confident of Sky approval

21st Century Fox remains confident that it will secure regulatory approval for its acquisition of Sky by the middle of this year, despite the Competition And Markets Authority’s provisional ruling in January that the deal was “not in the public interest”. The UK competition watchdog provisionally blocked the takeover on the grounds that the acquisition […]

Spain’s Mediapro takes Italy’s Serie A rights from Sky and Mediaset

Spanish broadcaster Mediapro has secured the rights to Italian top-tier football from under the noses of Sky and Mediaset in a deal worth €3.15 billion for the next three seasons. Mediapro’s deal with the Italian football league to secure Serie A rights for the 2018-21 seasons has already provoked a response from Sky, which has […]

Sky to launch all-IP offering in Italy this April

Sky is due to launch an all-IP version of its service for the first time in Italy in April, meaning viewers will be able to access pay TV channels and on-demand content without needing a satellite dish. Sky said yesterday that it will launch this offering in Italy first before taking it to Austria and […]

Sky moves into original films in latest content push

Sky has announced plans to commission and acquire exclusive rights to original films, in its latest push into original content. Sky announced the launch of Sky Cinema Original Films along with its half year results, and said its plans involve showing its original films in cinemas at the same time as they become available for Sky […]

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