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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 […]

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 […]