Virgin Media gears up for Formula 1 channel

UK cable operator Virgin Media is adding the new Formula 1 channel from Sky Sports to its line-up. Sky Sports F1 will launch in March as part of Virgin Media’s Sky Sports package. Pay TV operator BSkyB won rights to the racing series last year in a deal that runs from 2012 to 2018. Its […]

BSkyB and studios attack Competition Commission’s new movie market remedies

BSkyB and Hollywood studios have criticised the UK Competition Commission’s ‘further remedies’ to its ruling that the movie contracts between studios and the pay TV broadcaster are uncompetitive. In November, the Commission suggested that BSkyB could be forced to give rival over-the-top service providers access to any of its customers who can receive its Anytime […]

3D TV pornography launches on BSkyB platform in the UK

Adult channel Television X is launching its first 3D feature. The channel, which is carried on the Sky pay TV platform, will show The Society in 3D on January 13 and 14. The feature will also be shown in 3D on Television X’s sister channel, Red Hot TV, which will show an anaglyph 3D version […]

Sky drops Current TV from pay TV line-up

BSkyB has axed Current TV from its pay TV platform after the Al Gore-backed channel struggled for ratings. Current TV launched in the UK in 2007 with a line-up of news and documentaries, predominantly from independent producers. Sky is removing the channel from its entertainment package. It could remain as a free-to-air channel, but the […]

BSkyB teams with Zeebox for social TV service

UK pay TV provider BSkyB has taken a stake in Zeebox and will launch an ‘augmented TV’ service early this year. The service will allow Sky’s ten million subscribers to integrate social media feeds and conversations into their TV viewing. Already available online and on iPhones and iPads, Zeebox runs alongside the linear broadcast, offering […]

De Posch quits Sky Deustschland board

Former ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Guillaume de Posch has quit the board of German pay TV provider Sky Deutschland at his own request over a conflict of interest related to his appointment to the group executive committee of RTL Group. De Posch joined the RTL board in December, taking charge of a new corporate strategy and business […]

New iPad app from Sky Sports News

British pay broadcaster Sky Sports News has launched a new app for the Apple iPad that allows customers to watch live and on-demand content directly through their tablets. The channel previously launched an app last year that allowed subscribers to watch content through a separate mobile application, but this can now be done directly through […]

Sky Deutschland extends TNA wrestling deal

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has extended its deal with Nashville-based TNA Entertainment to show Total Nonstop Action Wrestling exclusively for a further year. Under the latest deal, Sky will show TNA’s Impact Wrestling show on Sky Sports and will provide live coverage of TNA’s 12 pay-per-view events on Sky Select. Sky has also secured […]

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 […]