Sky ups prices in UK

Sky has announced price increases in the UK. Broadband and TV customers will be stung by an average price increase of £36 per year, with that number varying depending on what products customers take. The Sky Broadband essential package will be increased by £3 per month, with the anytime calls package going up by £2 […]

Sky’s sale of New Zealand live sports unit OSB approved by watchdog

Sky’s sale of its New Zealand sports production business Outside Broadcast (OSB) to NEP has been approved by the country’s commerce commission. The deal was initially agreed in August 2020, and will see NEP acquire six HD outside broadcast units and two OSB warehouse facilities. Despite the undisclosed deal being agreed upon months ago, approval […]

Sky Sports agrees multi-year deal with England Netball for live Superleague coverage

Sky Sports has announced a new multi-year deal with England Netball, the governing body for the sport. The bumper deal will see every match of the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) 2021 season broadcast live across Sky Sports, either via its Mix and Arena channels or for free on YouTube. The broadcaster will also air highlights […]

New Sky boss positive about the future as group sees Q4 bounceback

Sky saw a positive Q4 with its customer relationships returning to 99.8% of pre-Covid levels. The Comcast-owned group ended the year with revenues of US$18.6 billion, which Comcast CEO Brian Roberts described as “essentially flat from what we generated in Q4 2019.” Revenue for the quarter was down by 0.9% to US$5.2 billion, with DTC […]

TVbeat appointed ‘System of Note’ for Sky Media to verify reporting metrics

Sky’s ad sales business Sky Media has expanded its partnership with TV inventory and yield management firm TVbeat. The announcement sees TVbeat appointed as Sky Media’s ‘System of Note’, with the company tasked with ingesting, processing and harmonising data from various sources including household viewership data from set-top boxes and advertising data from the likes […]

Sky picks up Studiocanal movies in new distribution deal

Sky has announced a distribution deal with Vivendi-owned Studiocanal to bring a range of new and classic films to Sky and Now TV customers. The deal will see Studiocanal’s titles scheduled for release from January 2021 brought to Sky Cinema and Now TV after their theatrical release. Upcoming titles include the Claire Foy starring The […]

Now TV hires Universal Pictures marketing man Jamie Schwartz

Sky-owned OTT business Now TV has announced the hiring of Jamie Schwartz as director of brand, marketing and merchandising.  Schwartz, who previously held senior positions at The Weinstein Company, Momentum Pictures and AMV BBDO, joins from Universal Pictures International where he served as EVP of marketing for Focus Features. In that position he was responsible […]

BBC Sounds lands on Sky Q

Sky has announced the latest app launch on its Sky Q STB platform: BBC Sounds. The BBC Sounds app is now available to all Sky Q customers in the UK at no extra cost. BBC Sounds offers access to over 80,000 hours of music, radio and podcasts, and makes it easy for listeners to tune […]

Amazon picks up Champions League in Italy for the first time

Amazon has acquired a rights package to the UEFA Champions League in Italy for the first time. The ever-growing commerce and entertainment giant has picked up exclusive rights to 16 matches on Wednesday nights, along with the UEFA Super Cup, for three seasons from 2021/22.  Amazon’s interest has been speculated on for some time, with […]

Sky expands STV Sky Q deal to cover entire UK

Sky has announced a long-term deal with STV that will see ‘hundreds of hours’ of box sets available to Sky Q customers across the UK. The pair first announced a deal last year which saw users in Scotland gain access to the local broadcaster’s shows, but this has now been extended. As in Scotland, users […]