Sky Deutschland beats analyst expectations

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has turned in a solid set of results, beating analysts’ expectations with a smaller loss than predicted. Sky added 98,000 net customers in the third quarter, more than doubling its additions year-on-year and taking its net additions for the year to over 200,200. Gross additions numbered 188,000, up 17% year-on-year, […]

Channel Five reportedly ditching Sky for ITN

UK commercial broadcaster Channel Five is set to cancel a contract with BSkyB to provide news content and resign previous supplier ITN, according to UK press reports. Five owner Northern & Shell has cancelled a deal, which was slated to run for five years until end-2012, with Sky and is now expected to ink a […]

Sky Italia passes five million subs

News Corp reported an earnings surge in its fiscal first quarter financial results, helped by growth at the company’s international pay TV networks. The company saw its revenue grow by 7% to US$7.96 billion (€5.8 billion) and reported an earnings rise of 45% in its direct broadcast division, which houses the company’s Italian pay TV […]

Sky Deutschland inks movie deal with Tele München

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has agreed a new movie deal with German studio Tele München Group (TMG). The deal expands an existing agreement between the two and gives the News Corp-backed pay TV operator rights to make TMG movies available on its on-demand Sky Anytime service and Sky Go, its OTT service that […]

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 […]