Sky refutes BBC claim for retransmission fees to be dropped

BSkyB’s group commercial director Rob Webster has hit back at the BBC after the commercial broadcaster claimed Sky should drop the £10 million (€11 million) in fees it charges to retransmit its 49 TV and radio channels. The BBC is lobbying for the charges to be dropped in the face of substantial cuts but Webster, […]

Sky Sports News HD set for December launch

Sky Sports News HD will launch in Germany and Austria on December 1, pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has announced. The 24-hour sports news channel will be available on TV, iPad, iPhone, internet and Xbox 360. Sky has hired 200 employees to work on the channel, including 13 presenters.

BSkyB weathering tough conditions

BSkyB ended September with 10.4 million customers after connecting 77,000 new homes during the quarter. TV growth stalled with 26,000 net additions, while the remaining 51,000 new customers took broadband or telephony services. The operator managed to increase revenue growth by 9% to £1.66 billion (€1.9 billion) in the quarter despite CEO Jeremy Darroch describing […]

Analysts expect slowdown in Sky subscriber growth

Ahead of its quarterly results announcement on Wednesday, analysts are forecasting a sharp slowdown in the rate of growth of BSkyB’s subscriber base. The UK pay TV broadcaster will record 15,000 new pay TV customers in the quarter compared with 96,000 in the corresponding period a year earlier, according to Nomura Securities. Turnover is forecast […]

Sky Deutschland takes Sky Go to Xbox 360

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring its OTT Sky Go service to the Xbox 360. Sky Go offers various content including live football matches and premium movies via mobile devices including iPads and iPhones. The service will be available to Xbox Live Gold members with a Sky […]

BBC says £10m Sky fees should be dropped

The BBC is lobbying for the estimated £10 million (€11 million) it pays BSkyB for retransmission of its TV and radio channels to be dropped. The UK public broadcaster pays the pay TV platform operator the amount and says that if that obligation were removed the cash could be used to stave off planned cuts […]

Virgin Media adds Sky Anytime to on-demand platform

Virgin Media is adding thousands of hours of content from rival operator BSkyB to its TV On Demand platform. The cable operator has signed a deal with Sky that will see the Sky Anytime VOD service integrated into its own on-demand platform, increasing the amount of on-demand content available to Virgin’s customers by a third […]

NDS provides technology for Sky Deutschland Anytime service

Conditional access and interactive TV technology company NDS is providing the technology behind Sky Deutschland’s new Sky Anytime service, which will be made available to all Sky Plus DTH subscribers later this year. Sky Anytime, supported by NDS MediaHighway set-top software, provides Sky Plus customers with on-demand content, including selected movies from their subscribed film […]

Sky Italia tops five million

News Corp-backed pay TV platform Sky Italia has exceeded the five million subscriber mark and said that it expects the customer growth to continue.
 CEO Andrea Zappia, who replaced Tom Mockridge in August, said: “In a challenging market, I feel confident that we can continue to grow by continuing to invest in creativity and innovation. […]

Premier League ruling: who’s the winner?

On the face of it, today’s ECJ ruling that EU citizens have the right to buy and use smartcards from any European pay TV operator seems like a crushing defeat for Sky and the Premier League, and an epic victory for plucky publicans. But looking a little more closely, things could be less cut and […]