Sky Sports News HD launches

Sky Deutschland has launched its news sports news channel. Sky Sports News HD went live on New Year’s Day at 12:00. Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, said: “The launch of Sky Sport News HD is a landmark in the history of Sky. A 24-hour live sport news channel signals something completely new in the […]

Sky launches new 3D series

UK pay broadcaster Sky is launching a new 3D project with David Attenborough following the success of Flying Monsters 3D. The News Corp-backed network is launching Galapagos 3D, which is the first series to be produced by Colossus Productions, the joint venture company set up by Sky and Atlantic Productions to produce 3D content. This […]

Sky adds Bollywood channel UMP

Indian movie channel UMP Movies has launched on Sky in the UK. The Hindi language channel has a library of over 400 titles, including recent blockbusters Guzaarish, No One Killed Jessica, Tees Maar Khan, Tere Bin Laden and Kartik Calling Kartik. It will carry English subtitles. The deal between UTV and Sky was brokered by […]

Liberty Global faces opposition to German merger

German alternative telecom operator association the VATM has added its voice to that of pay TV provider Sky Deutschland in expressing strong reservations about the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia with Baden-Württemberg operator Kabel BW. The VATM is calling for open access to the network of the combined operator as a condition […]

BSkyB says competition probe should include Netflix

UK pay TV operator BSkyB says that the Competition Commission should include online content providers such as LoveFilm and Netflix. The Commission is investigating the market for pay TV movies in the UK and whether Sky has a dominant position. Sky says it has neglected to include the online services already present in the UK […]

Sky delivers HD channels to Bavarian cable operator

Bavarian cable operator KMS is to start offering Sky Deutschland’s HD channels to its customers. The companies have signed an agreement that will see 15 HD channels launching on KMS’s cable network, including the recently launched Sky Sports News HD channel, with a further five HD channels to follow next year. KMS serves approximately 550,000 […]

Sky hires Phil Edgar Jones as entertainment chief

Former Big Brother executive producer Phil Edgar Jones has joined British pay broadcaster Sky as head of entertainment. This comes weeks after he left John Noel’s indie Running Bare, where he was creative director. It also follows the departure of Sky’s head of entertainment commissioning Duncan Gray, who is leaving the News Corp-backed pay network […]

Sky to extend availability of Go, plans to ‘supercharge’ Living

BSkyB is to make its Sky Go place-shifting service available on Android devices “in the coming months”, group commercial director Rob Webster confirmed at Informa’s Digital TV Summit this morning. Webster said that Sky Go had recorded two million unique users, with 33 million pieces of content viewed in October alone. Webster also confirmed that […]

Sky Italia pulls out of DTT frequency contest

Pay TV operator Sky Italia has decided to pull out of the competition to acquire new digital-terrestrial frequencies, alleging that the process was skewed in favour of rival broadcasters. The rules of the process, which were set under the government of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, meant that the frequencies were to be awarded after […]

James Murdoch survives shareholder revolt

James Murdoch won the necessary amount of votes to be re-elected at BSkyB’s annual general meeting yesterday, although several large shareholders in the company did not back Rupert Murdoch’s son. James Murdoch won 81% of the votes and will remain in his position at the News Corp-backed UK pay TV company. Stripping out the News […]