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 […]

BSkyB names new independent directors

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has named Martin Gilbert and Matthieu Pigasse as independent non-executive directors. The pair are expected to take up their positions on the board on November 29 following the retirement of David Evans and Allan Leighton. Gilbert is founder shareholder and CEO of fund management group Aberdeen Asset Management, while Pigasse […]

Pressure mounts on James Murdoch ahead of Sky AGM

Shareholder advisory group Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) has advised investors to vote against re-electing James Murdoch chairman of UK pay TV platform BSkyB. PIRC said that Murdoch’s involvement in the ongoing newspaper phone-hacking scandal engulfing News International risks impacting negatively on Sky’s image. Murdoch is COO of News Corp, the largest shareholder in […]

BSkyB urges shareholders to back James Murdoch ahead of AGM vote

The directors of BSkyB have written to shareholders, urging them to back under-fire chairman James Murdoch. Shareholders will vote on whether Murdoch should continue in his BSkyB role at the pay TV operator’s AGM, which is scheduled for next Thursday.
 One institutional BSkyB investor, the Association of British Insurers, has publicly expressed its concerns, noting […]