Sky extends Axinom tech partnership

Sky UK has announced an expanded technical partnership with modular streaming solutions provider Axinom. The partnership, which started in 2007, sees Axinom provide development and maintenance support for streaming services including WOW, Now and Sky Go. It has since expanded into technical cooperation with an aim to develop and enhance the capabilities of Sky’s streaming […]

NOW adds two new channels

Sky-owned OTT platform NOW has announced the launch of two new channels. The channels – Alibi and NBC News NOW – will be available to Now Entertainment Members at no extra cost, and provide viewers with an additional bank of live and on-demand content. Alibi focuses on mystery crime dramas, with highlighted series including Annika, […]

SyFy channel to rebrand as Sky Sci-Fi

Science fiction and fantasy broadcaster Syfy is set to rebrand as Sky Sci-Fi at the end of July. Sky has revealed that the change will happen at 11am on July 26, with the eagerly awaited series SurrealEstate launching the same week and the George. A Romero-inspired Day of The Dead coming in the same month. […]

SkyShowtime names programming chief

Pan-European streamer SkyShowtime has appointed BBC Studios’ Jon Farrar as head of programming. Farrar will be responsible for programming strategy, overseeing the Paramount and Comcast-backed service’s pipeline of partner studio content, and building a programming team across SkyShowtime’s markets to develop original and local content. Farrar will also lead the acquisitions, scheduling and editorial, and content […]

Sky renews PGA sublicensing deal with Warner Bros. Discovery

Sky has announced an extended deal with Warner Bros. Discovery for PGA Golf Rights.  Warner Bros. Discovery will sublicense the rights to Sky Sports, with the former in the midst of a 12-year US$2 billion rights deal across Europe that kicked-off in 2019. This latest deal will see Sky Sports show a minimum of 36 […]

Sky would be ‘good partner of choice’ for streamers turning to advertising models

Sky would be “a good first partner of choice” for streamers as they turn to ad-supported SVOD models as well as AVOD and FAST, according to Dev Sangani, director of strategy and capability for UK and Europe at Sky Media. Speaking at Mediatel’s Connected TV World Summit in London today, Sangani said that the ad […]

Noel Tovey in at Sky as MD of new Elstree studio

Pinewood and Shepperton Studios alum Noel Tovey has been appointed to become MD at Sky Studios Elstree. Tovey will take on overall responsibility for management of the company’s soon-to-open film and TV studio, which will house 13 sound stages across 27.5 acres. Earlier this week it was confirmed that Wicked, from Sky’s Comcast sibling Universal Pictures, […]

Sky Sports renews British Basketball League broadcast deal

Sky Sports has agreed to extend its broadcast rights deal with the British Basketball League. Sky will continue as the league’s broadcast partner through the 2022/23 season, with the broadcaster carrying both the BBL and WBBL, along with the Trophy Final, Cup Final and Play Offs, and matches from every week during the regular Championship […]

Virgin Media swims upstream

Digital TV Europe was in attendance this week when Virgin Media O2 made its big play to close the gap between traditional TV evangelists, cord-cutters and cord-nevers. The petite Virgin Stream is certainly a handsome device at first glance. It combines the low-cost portability of similar devices from the likes of Amazon and Roku, with […]

Serie A loss hurts Sky in Italy despite solid performance at the overall group 

Sky parent company Comcast is pleased with the telco’s performance in the UK, Germany and Italy despite revenue drops, CEO Brian Roberts has said. Overall revenue for the Sky group decreased 4.5% to US$4.8 billion in the first quarter of 2022, Comcast revealed in its Q1 2022 results. The telco justified the drop due to […]