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 […]

EU: Premier League viewing allowed on foreign set-tops

Football fans should be allowed to legally buy and use set-top smartcards from foreign broadcasters, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled, paving the way for individuals to watch Premier League football matches at a much cheaper rate than domestic pay TV operators charge. The ruling is a victory for UK pub landlady Karen […]

CS Link owner M7 acquires rival SkyLink service

Luxembourg-based M7 Group has acquired Czech and Slovak satellite pay TV provider Skylink, according to local reports. M7 Group, which acquired rival service CS Link earlier this year and also owns Dutch service Canal Digitaal, Flemish service TV Vlaanderen and Wallonia operator Télé Sat, may have paid around CZK2 billion (€80 million) for Skylink, owned […]

UPC Austria to offer Sky packages

UPC Austria customers in the cities of Vienna, Graz and Klagenfurt will be able to receive Sky Deutschland’s premium services after the two operators struck a distribution agreement. From October 3, UPC will begin offering the Sky Film, Sky Sport and Sky Fußball Bundeslig packages along with various other premium channels from Sky to its […]

Frank Warren launches Boxing channel

Boxing promoter Frank Warren is launching a boxing channel – BoxNation – after striking a deal with pay TV platform BSkyB. The channel will initially be free-to-air but will become a £10 (€11) per month subscription channel by the end of the year. The channel will air two live championship promotions per week as well […]

Sky Italia and Mediaset bag Serie A rights

Italian pay TV operator Sky Italia and broadcaster Mediaset have had their bids for the broadcast rights to top football league Serie A accepted, according to various reports. Lega Calcio, the governing body of Italy’s soccer leagues, invited bids for three seasons covering 2012-2015. The new deal with News Corp’s Sky Italia will see the […]

Disney HD launching on Sky

Disney is rolling out its Disney Channel HD service on UK pay TV platform BSkyB later this month. The HD channel will launch on September 16 and sit alongside HD versions of the Disney XD and Cinemagic channels that are already on the platform. The HD version of Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth will […]

Freesat takes customers from Sky to pass two million

UK free-to-air satellite service Freesat has passed two million sales since its launch three years ago. The latest figures released by Freesat show that 47% of its customers to date this year have switched from pay TV service provider BSkyB. Freesat claims to be the fastest growing platform in the UK, adding 88,000 homes in […]

Sky Italia uses Newtec Equalink as part of patented transmission system

Italian DTH platform Sky Italia is using Newtec’s Equalink DVB-S/S2 pre-distortion solution in connection with its transmission solution, already filed as patent. According to Newtech, the installation has resulted in a 10% performance increase, equating to an additional two channels on each of its 23 transponders. Italy-based Communication Video Engineering supported Sky Italia in implementing […]

Sky Deutschland reveals details of Sports News channel

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has unveiled details about its forthcoming Sky Sports News HD channel. The 24-hour channel, which will launch this winter, will employ 140 people, including 70 journalists and will be headed by Roman Steuer. Currently, 15 employees are working on the channel, but this number is set to double on […]