Liberty Global faces opposition to German merger

German alternative telecom operator association the VATM has added its voice to that of pay TV provider Sky Deutschland in expressing strong reservations about the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia with Baden-Württemberg operator Kabel BW. The VATM is calling for open access to the network of the combined operator as a condition […]

BSkyB says competition probe should include Netflix

UK pay TV operator BSkyB says that the Competition Commission should include online content providers such as LoveFilm and Netflix. The Commission is investigating the market for pay TV movies in the UK and whether Sky has a dominant position. Sky says it has neglected to include the online services already present in the UK […]

Sky delivers HD channels to Bavarian cable operator

Bavarian cable operator KMS is to start offering Sky Deutschland’s HD channels to its customers. The companies have signed an agreement that will see 15 HD channels launching on KMS’s cable network, including the recently launched Sky Sports News HD channel, with a further five HD channels to follow next year. KMS serves approximately 550,000 […]

Sky hires Phil Edgar Jones as entertainment chief

Former Big Brother executive producer Phil Edgar Jones has joined British pay broadcaster Sky as head of entertainment. This comes weeks after he left John Noel’s indie Running Bare, where he was creative director. It also follows the departure of Sky’s head of entertainment commissioning Duncan Gray, who is leaving the News Corp-backed pay network […]

Sky to extend availability of Go, plans to ‘supercharge’ Living

BSkyB is to make its Sky Go place-shifting service available on Android devices “in the coming months”, group commercial director Rob Webster confirmed at Informa’s Digital TV Summit this morning. Webster said that Sky Go had recorded two million unique users, with 33 million pieces of content viewed in October alone. Webster also confirmed that […]

Sky Italia pulls out of DTT frequency contest

Pay TV operator Sky Italia has decided to pull out of the competition to acquire new digital-terrestrial frequencies, alleging that the process was skewed in favour of rival broadcasters. The rules of the process, which were set under the government of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, meant that the frequencies were to be awarded after […]

James Murdoch survives shareholder revolt

James Murdoch won the necessary amount of votes to be re-elected at BSkyB’s annual general meeting yesterday, although several large shareholders in the company did not back Rupert Murdoch’s son. James Murdoch won 81% of the votes and will remain in his position at the News Corp-backed UK pay TV company. Stripping out the News […]

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 […]