Sky Italia MD and programming chief to leave

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Sky Italia to cut workforce by 25%

Sky is set to reduce its Italian workforce by 25% in a four-year reorganisation plan. National unions Slc Cgil, Fistel Cisl and Uilcom issued a statement on the planned redundancies, confirming a number of local reports. The job cuts are part of a cost-cutting overhaul which is expected to yield savings of about €300 million. […]

Sky introduces Disney+ voice search in Sky Q update

Sky has announced a new update to its Sky Q STB which will introduce additional integration with Disney+. Content from the streamer, such as the current event series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will begin to appear in broader voice and text searches on Sky Q. Shows and movies will also appear within the […]

Sky launches UK diversity placement scheme & unveils $2.75m carbon initiative

European pay operator Sky has partnered with UK-based diversity organisation Creative Access to offer under-represented groups placements in the media industry and launched a £2m ($2.75m) scheme to drive environmental awareness. The Creative Access collaboration will offer talented TV aspirants who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background, disabled or from lower socioeconomic […]

Sky launches B2B broadband brand Sky Connect

Sky has announced its entry into the UK B2B telecoms market with its Sky Connect brand. The Comcast-owned operator said that the unit will focus on partnering with small businesses and providing them with a better broadband experience. Key features of Sky Connect include automatic 4G backup (dubbed Connection Pro), digital voice service VoiceEdge and […]

Sky deal behind delayed HBO Max rollout, Kilar confirms

Existing licensing deals are holding up a wider roll out of HBO Max across Europe, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has said. As confirmed last week, the streamer will roll out to 60 countries outside of the US this year including 21 countries in Europe, where it will arrive during the second half of 2021. This […]

Landmark deal for FA WSL as Sky Sports and BBC secure record-breaking rights deal

The FA Women’s Super League has signed a “landmark” distribution deal with Sky Sports and the BBC. The three-year deal, believed to be valued at around £8 million per year, is set to be the largest broadcast agreement of any professional women’s football league in the world.  The FA said that the rights deal will […]

Sky Sports pledges support for Women’s Sport Collective

Sky Sports has announced a partnership with the Women’s Sport Collective. The partnership will see the broadcaster support the not-for-profit organisation’s ambition to provide a range of opportunities for women in the sports industry from playing to broadcasting. Sky’s involvement will mean that the group, which was set up in September 2019 and has more […]

Sky and SES renew deal to 2027

Sky has extended its contract with SES for satellite capacity through to 2027. The deal will add over €90 million in secured backlog, with SES delivering Sky UK’s channels in a mix of SD, HD and UHD from the 28.2/28.5 degrees East orbital slots to the operator’s subscribers across the United Kingdom and Republic of […]

Virgin Media gets Sky UHD channels

Virgin Media has announced a deal with Sky which will bring Ultra HD channels to the pay TV operator. Virgin TV customers subscribed to the top-tier Ultimate Oomph package will gain access to Sky Entertainment and Sky Cinema Ultra HD at no extra cost. The deal will also bring more than 1,300 TV episodes and […]

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