Sky and Channel 4 expand partnership

Sky and Channel 4 have announced a renewed and expanded commercial partnership. The deal will see Channel 4 brands and content continue to be offered to Sky customers, while the broadcaster’s catch-up service All 4 will be further integrated into Sky’s existing and future TV products.  This translates to more than 1,000 hours of All […]

Sky to launch pop-up channel for Lions tour

Sky Sports will launch a dedicated pop-up channel to cover the upcoming Lions tour of South Africa. The British & Irish Lions 2021 Castle Lager Series in South Africa will be covered in full on the standalone Sky Sports The Lions channel. The channel will operate for the duration of the tour from Saturday July […]

Sky Deutschland strikes new deal with Premier League

Sky Deutschland will remain the exclusive home of the English Premier League in Germany after striking a new deal for the 2022/23 to 2024/25 seasons.  The deal includes the exclusive live broadcasting rights via satellite and cable as well as via IPTV, web and mobile. Subscribers with the Sports Package will be able to view […]

Sky Sports MD reportedly announces resignation

Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster will step down next month, claims a new report from The Times. According to the report, Webster, who was appointed as managing director in May 2019, has resigned for personal reasons, with the impact of Covid-19 meaning that his role “suddenly became very different”. Webster is a veteran at […]

Sky Sports News Germany to return to pay TV

Sky Sports News is to move from free-to-view to pay TV exclusively in Germany. Sky Deutschland said that the 24-hour channel would in future be available exclusively as part of the pay TV operator’s entertainment package or as part of the Sky Ticket OTT offering. Sky Sports News in Germany launched in 2011 – about […]

Sky restructures European acquisitions under Sarah Wright

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky has restructured its acquisitions division across Europe, with Sarah Wright taking on a group-wide role. Wright becomes group director of acquisitions with a remit to oversee strategy across the company’s operations in the UK and Ireland, as well as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. New team structure Lucy Criddle, Sky’s […]

Serie A agrees secondary rights deal with Sky as broadcaster drops appeal

Italy’s Serie A has agreed a secondary rights deal with Sky Italia. The three-year deal, worth an estimated €262.5 million over the contract’s duration, will see Sky broadcast 114 matches per season. This translates to three fixtures per round on Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon and Monday night. Announcement follows the March award of 266 matches […]

Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

Sky gets physical with Peloton

Sky has increased its fitness app portfolio with the addition of the Peloton App. The Pelton app, available for £12.99 per month after a 30-day trial, offers users access to thousands of workout classes across more than 10 categories including strength, yoga, cardio, pilates and meditation.  Sky Q customers can access the app by saying […]

Positive quarter for Sky as operator prepares for life after Covid

Sky has weathered the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic to increase its subscriber base in the first quarter of the year. As a part of its Q1 earnings, parent company Comcast confirmed that the European operator’s total customer relationships increased by 221,000 to 23.4 million during the quarter.  During the period, Sky’s revenue increased by […]