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BBC’s Thompson on defensive against Murdoch and Cameron

The BBC’s director general Mark Thompson has taken a sideswipe at News Corp’s James Murdoch, arguing that his 2009 MacTaggart lecture during the Edinburgh International 2009 Television Festival should be reassessed in light of recent events involving the media giant. Writing in the Guardian ahead of the 2011 Television Festival, Thompson said the only way […]

Kabel BW adds trio of Sky HD channels

Kabel BW is adding three HD channels from Sky Deutschland to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the German cable operator’s network to 39. From September, Kabel BW customers will be able to watch Sky Sports Extra HD, Sky Cinema Hits HD and Sky Action HD. The cable operator recently started […]

BSkyB’s studio deals threatened by Competition Commission probe

BSkyB could be forced to cut the number of studios it does exclusive movies deals with after a Competition Commission probe found that the pay TV provider’s deals with the majors restrict competition and reduce choice for customers.
 Sky has exclusive movie deals with each of the six studios. Last August, the UK communications regulator […]

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 […]