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 […]

Sky adds Movies to Sky Go

Sky has added content from Sky Movies to its Sky Go app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Sky Movies subscribers using Sky Go can stream movies on demand via a WiFi connection. The pay TV operator will add 3G capability by the end of the year. Subscribers will also be able to view all […]

BSkyB launching dedicated F1 channel

BSkyB is launching a dedicated Formula 1 auto racing channel. UK pay TV operator won rights to the racing series earlier this year in a deal that runs from 2012 to 2018. Sky Sports F1 HD will show every race live, practice and qualifying sessions and various wraparound programming and interactive services giving statistics and […]

Sky Deutschland looking to Bundesliga online and mobile rights

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland wants to bid for all rights to the next round Bundesliga football rights, including the online and mobile rights currently held by Deutsche Telekom, according to CEO Brian Sullivan. Sullivan told Focus magazine that Sky wanted to distribute coverage of German football to mobile phones and tablets as well […]

Large BSkyB investor could oppose Murdoch

An investor with a 2.9% stake in UK pay TV operator BSkyB is the latest that is understood to be ready to oppose the re-election of James Murdoch as chairman, according to UK press reports. Legal & General has reportedly changed its previous position and could oppose Murdoch’s re-election at the Sky AGM, which takes […]

Ofcom receives deluge of submissions on media plurality

UK media regulator Ofcom reportedly received over 45,000 submissions to its review of media plurality by last Friday’s deadline. The review was initiated following News Corp’s bid to acquire 100% of pay TV operator BSkyB, which was aborted as a result of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Ofcom received about 50 submissions […]

Sky could be forced to open up set-tops to OTT rivals

UK pay TV provider BSkyB could be forced to give rival over-the-top service providers access to any of its customers who can receive its Anytime Plus subscription video-on-demand service under proposals outlined by the Competition Commission. As part of its investigation into the market for movies on pay TV, the commission has also recommended that […]

Sky, ESPN net Scottish soccer rights

BSkyB and ESPN have inked a five-year deal for rights to soccer matches from the Scottish Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The new agreement runs from the 2012/13 season to the 2016/17 season and each of the UK pay TV broadcasters will show 30 live games per season. Financial details were not disclosed, but the value […]