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Sky reveals ambitious plans for Elstree-based film and TV studio

Comcast-owned studio/broadcaster Sky has unveiled plans to build a new 32-acre, state-of-the-art TV and film studio next door to the world-famous Elstree Studios. Sky says the proposed development represents a significant new investment in the UK and European creative economy and will be made with Comcast’s blessing. According to Sky, the new Sky Studios Elstree […]

Sky Deutschland grabs ATP Cup rights

Pay TV provider Sky Deutschland has acquired exclusive rights to the new ATP Cup tennis competition in Germany. The competition will take place from January 3-12 in Australia. The deal marks the expansion of an existing partnership with ATP and ATP Media and includes exclusive live broadcasting rights in Germany, as well as rights for […]

Sky Deutschland expands Sky Ticket OTT offering

Sky Deutschland has expanded its Sky Ticket low-cost OTT offering by adding 13 linear channels and a large slate of on-demand films, series episodes and documentaries. Sky Ticket customers now have access to eight linear channels offered under the Sky Cinema Ticket banner –  Sky Cinema Hits HD, Sky Cinema Action HD, Sky Cinema Family […]

New Zealand Rugby agrees “revolutionary broadcast agreement” to become 5% stakeholder in Sky New Zealand 

Sky New Zealand has announced a “revolutionary broadcast agreement” with New Zealand Rugby (NZR). The five-year agreement includes the rights to broadcast rugby in the country from 2021-25, a record investment in New Zealand and SANZAAR rugby along with New Zealand Rugby becoming a 5% shareholder in Sky. Rights-wise, all Investec Rugby Championship, Steinlager Series, […]

Sky Deutschland names commercial chief

Sky Deutschland has appointed former Unitymedia executive Christian Hindennach as its new chief commercial officer. At Unitymedia, which has now been acquired by Vodafone, he served as chief commercial officer over the last two years, responsible for the operator’s customer business. Hindennach, who will report to Sky Deutschland CEO Carsten Schmidt, replaces Marcello Maggioni, who […]

Sky Deutschland enables viewing of recordings offline on the go

Sky Deutschland is enabling customers of its Sky Q advanced TV offering to consume recorded shows offline via the Sky Go app. According to the pay TV operator, Sky Q customers will be able to access recored shows from their Sky Q set-top box via the Sky Go app, watch them at home or download […]

Three Irish pubs ordered to pay Sky fines

Three Irish pubs have been ordered to pay damages for illegally showing Sky Sports in their venues. The River Lane, the Joshua Tree and the Bridge, all in Cork, have been fined €18,444, €17,500 and €14,688 respectively for publicly showing Sky broadcasts without a commercial licence. In addition, the venues have been made to pay […]

Sky expands channel line-up with new entertainment brands

Sky has announced the addition of two new own-brand channels to its entertainment portfolio: Sky Crime and Sky Comedy, taking the total of Sky-branded channels from four to six. Both channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, and as a part of the Now TV Entertainment pass for Now TV […]

Rai loses last appeal on Sky football decision

Italian public broadcaster Rai has lost a second appeal against an earlier court decision that allowed pay TV broadcaster Sky to rescind a deal that would have seen the broadcaster air free-to-view top tier international football in favour of commercial broadcaster Mediaset. The latest court ruling clears the way for Mediaset to air free-to-view matches, […]

Sky AdSmart ‘increases engagement by a third’

Addressable TV can increase ad engagement by 35% and cut channel switching by 48%, or almost a half, according to a five-year study of Sky AdSmart from the pay TV operator. According to the study, facial recognition analysis showed that when addressable ads are on TV, viewers’ attentiveness to the screen could be as much […]