Sky reportedly to receive £25 million Carabao Cup rebate

Sky Sports has reportedly secured a £25 million rebate after successfully arguing that the Carabao Cup has been devalued by the English Premier League. The Carabao Cup is English football’s secondary domestic cup tournament, and the Daily Mail reports that this lower-profile positioning – along with the increased status of the Premier League – has given Sky […]

Comcast drops plan for NBC Sky World News service

Comcast has reportedly shelved plans for the international news channel it hoped to rollout this year to rival CNN, blaming the COVID-19 crisis for forcing it to scupper the project. Concrete details of the plan for a channel to be branded As NBC Sky World News – the first co-branded operation between Comcast’s US network […]

Comcast: Sky retains customers but suffers revenue dip as Peacock hits 10 million subs

Sky managed to retain almost all of its customers through the coronavirus pandemic, but still suffered a 15% loss as a result of advertising and sports, Comcast has said. The operator charted 23.7 million ‘customer relationships’ across Europe, down only 1% from the 23.9 million it had in Q1. While Sky will be happy that […]

Sky Arts to launch on Freeview in September

Sky will make its Arts channel free-to-air in the UK, the operator has announced. Starting from September, Sky Arts will launch on free-to-air terrestrial platform Freeview. Comcast-owned Sky said that this reflects “its mission to increase access to and drive participation in the arts, at a vital time for the cultural sector.” The channel broadcasts […]

Sky partners with TVSquared for ad effectiveness tracking tech

Sky has announced a partnership with ad measurement firm TVSquared to create a solution which will give advertisers a better idea of whether their investment has led to sales and website visits. Ad revenue has been particularly heavily hit across the board amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with uncertainty over conversion rates leading many companies […]

Sky pulls out of Spain

Sky is to pull out of Spain, where it has been operating an OTT TV service for the last three years. The service will cease to operate on September 1 in what amounts to an admission of defeat in one of Europe’s most hotly contested streaming markets. Sky has faced competition in the Spanish market […]

Virgin Media adds Sky Cinema channels to Go app

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has added Sky’s Sky Cinema channels, as well as movies on demand, to its Virgin TV Go app for the first time. Previously, Virgin Media TV customers have had to use the dedicated Sky Cinema app to watch movies on their chosen device. The company said that the new feature will […]

Sky adds feature updates to Sky Q including HDR for Disney+

Comcast-owned operator Sky has announced a swathe of feature updates to its Sky Q set top box, including HDR support for Disney+. The headline improvement is an expanded UI which does away with Sky Q’s static menu bar. Instead, users will be presented with a dynamic collapsible menu which is able to present a third […]

Sky Deutschland revamps offering to ‘enhance flexibility’

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has redesigned its programme packages and revamped its pricing structure to give what it described as more flexibility, choice and inclusivity to customers. For the first time, Sky customers can now choose to opt for a monthly subscription for an additional charge. The offer is open to new customers while […]

Sky Italia renews F1 deal

Sky Italia has announced a two-year extension of its broadcast rights deal with Formula One. The deal was initially set to end this year, but Sky will now broadcast the premiere racing competition through to the end of the 2022 season. As per its previous deal, Sky Italia will air live coverage from each practice […]