What does a streaming-only Sky Q box mean for the UK pay TV market?

After years of silence, Sky may be on the verge of launching a streaming-only version of Sky Q in the UK. Initially proposed by then-CEO Stephen van Rooyen in 2017 and slated for a 2018 launch, such a product was launched earlier this month in Germany bringing new speculation surrounding a UK rollout.  This culminated […]

Sky eyes online-only Sky Q box for UK

Sky is reportedly eying a launch of a streaming-only version of Sky Q for the UK market.  The concept was initially proposed by former Sky UK CEO Stephen van Rooyen in 2017 and was scheduled to launch in 2018 but talk of such a product then went quiet.  After several years, UK paper The Sunday […]

Comcast and ViacomCBS team up for SkyShowtime European streamer

Sky owner Comcast has teamed up with ViacomCBS to launch a new joint venture streaming service targeting more than 20 European territories encompassing 90 million homes. The service, to be called SkyShowtime and scheduled for launch next year, will bring together entertainment, movies and original series from the NBCUniversal, Sky and ViacomCBS portfolio of brands, […]

Virgin Media O2 passes new fibre milestone as competitive landscape heats up

Liberty Global and Telefónica-owned Virgin Media O2 has added one-and-a-half million homes to its gigabit network, enabling it to make the claim that more than half of its footprint can now access ultra-fast broadband speeds. The company has now upgraded its network in locations across the UK, including Bournemouth, Bristol, Northampton, Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Wigan and […]

Sky hires Prasanna Gopalakrishnan as CTO following global search

Sky Group has announced the appointment of Prasanna Gopalakrishnan as its chief technology officer. The Comcast owned broadcaster and pay TV operator said that the hire comes at the end of a global search, with Gopalakrishnan joining Sky in September. Gopalakrishnan will succeed Mohamed Hammady, current Group CTO, who announced his planned departure at the […]

Paramount+ to launch on Sky across Europe

Paramount+ is to launch on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria next year as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of ViacomCBS’ portfolio of pay TV channels and the renewal of Sky as an ad sales partner in select markets. Paramount+ is the […]

Peacock gets first international expansion to Sky in Europe

NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will come to Sky customers in Europe later this year. This is the first international expansion for the US streamer which launched in mid-2020. This comes after the parent company of both NBCU and Sky, Comcast, announced that Peacock has amassed 54 million signups since launch and 20 million monthly active […]

Sky to rebrand Sky One to Sky Showcase

Sky has announced a rebrand of its flagship Sky One channel along with the launch of a new channel. The operator has announced that the Sky One channel will be replaced with a new flagship brand called Sky Showcase. Sky said that Sky Showcase will be “a linear only main event channel that will curate […]

Sky Italia turns to Vodafone’s Andrea Duilio as new CEO

Sky Italia has announced that Vodafone executive director Andrea Duilio will take over as CEO in September. Duilio will succeed Maximo Ibarra who stepped down in April. He currently heads up Vodafone’s consumer business unit and has spent two decades in a number of roles within the business. He is noted for spearheading Vodafone’s digital […]

Opening Hundred match sets women’s cricket viewership record

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that the opening match of The Hundred was the most-watched women’s cricket match ever in the UK. The match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals, which was broadcast across BBC Two, Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event and Mix, drew a peak audience of 1.95 million. The […]