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Sky will show 3D Lion King

BSkyB will transmit a 3D version of Disney movie The Lion King on its 3D channel. Disney is launching  a 3D version of the film in movie theaters through September. UK pay TV operator Sky will then transit the 3D version on its TV channel in December and the regular 2D version will be screened […]

Sky Italia angry at extension of soccer probe

News Corp-backed Sky Italia has reacted angrily to the extension of an investigation into the Italian pay TV operator’s soccer rights. Italy’s competition regulator said yesterday that it will broaden the scope of its review of Sky’s soccer rights ownership to include rights to the Champions League competition. It had previously been focused on rights […]

Cartoon Network launching UK HD channel

Turner Broadcasting is launching a high definition version of its kids channel Cartoon Network. The Cartoon Network HD service will roll out on the BSkyB pay TV platform in the UK on September 14. It marks the first HD channel launch from Turner in the UK. Shows that will be transmitted in HD include Ben […]

Sky Deutschland narrows losses, increases revenues

Sky Deutschland reduced its losses and increased revenues in the second quarter of the year. The German pay TV operator reported second-quarter after-tax loss of €53.6 million, compared to a loss of €81.9 million a year earlier. Revenues were up 17% year-on-year to €276.7 million. Operationally, Sky added 33,000 customers during the quarter meaning first […]

PBS to launch UK channel in November

PBS, the US Public Broadcast Service, is to launch a channel in the UK on November 1 on the BSkyB pay TV platform. PBS has secured a licence from media regulator Ofcom for the channel, which will be managed by Richard Kingsbury, previously the head of thematic channel provider UKTV’s Good Food and Yesterday channels. […]

Sky Italia nears five million

Sky Italia added 57,000 new subscribers in the three months to the end of June, taking its total to 4.97 million, the pay TV operator’s highest subscriber count to date. Sky added 230,000 customers over the year to June. The company generated fourth quarter operating income of US$145 million (€100 million) for parent company News […]

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD to launch on Sky Deutschland

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD are to launch on Sky Deutschland in Germany and Austria later this year. The two channels will launch on Sky on October 15, exclusive to the News Corp-backed pay TV platform. Entertainment channel Fox HD will air shows including Mad Men and Walking Dead in HD quality, while […]

BSkyB secures new Super League deal

BSkyB has signed a new deal securing coverage of Super League rugby for Sky Sports until the end of 2016. Under the deal, Sky Sports will have exclusive rights to matches for the 2012-16 seasons. The deal will mean that the satellite broadcaster will have held the rights to Super League rugby for 21 years […]

Return of the moguls

Liberty Global has secured a second key asset in Germany, subject to regulatory approval, marking the return of John Malone to the country. Meanwhile rival mogul Rupert Murdoch is looking to push forward with Sky. Dieter Brockmeyer reports. US media mogul John Malone was heavily mocked by the German media when he originally set his […]

The third dimension

BSkyB will launch a dedicated 3D TV channel this year. With other operators set to follow, Graham Pomphrey assesses broadcaster strategies and the latest technologies on offer for this much-hyped technology. 3D video has, until recently, been confined to the cinema. If you exclude the limited forays into anaglyphic technology, that is. You may know […]

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