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 […]

Sky ups prices in UK

Sky has announced price increases in the UK. Broadband and TV customers will be stung by an average price increase of £36 per year, with that number varying depending on what products customers take. The Sky Broadband essential package will be increased by £3 per month, with the anytime calls package going up by £2 […]

Sky’s sale of New Zealand live sports unit OSB approved by watchdog

Sky’s sale of its New Zealand sports production business Outside Broadcast (OSB) to NEP has been approved by the country’s commerce commission. The deal was initially agreed in August 2020, and will see NEP acquire six HD outside broadcast units and two OSB warehouse facilities. Despite the undisclosed deal being agreed upon months ago, approval […]

Sky Sports agrees multi-year deal with England Netball for live Superleague coverage

Sky Sports has announced a new multi-year deal with England Netball, the governing body for the sport. The bumper deal will see every match of the Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) 2021 season broadcast live across Sky Sports, either via its Mix and Arena channels or for free on YouTube. The broadcaster will also air highlights […]

New Sky boss positive about the future as group sees Q4 bounceback

Sky saw a positive Q4 with its customer relationships returning to 99.8% of pre-Covid levels. The Comcast-owned group ended the year with revenues of US$18.6 billion, which Comcast CEO Brian Roberts described as “essentially flat from what we generated in Q4 2019.” Revenue for the quarter was down by 0.9% to US$5.2 billion, with DTC […]

TVbeat appointed ‘System of Note’ for Sky Media to verify reporting metrics

Sky’s ad sales business Sky Media has expanded its partnership with TV inventory and yield management firm TVbeat. The announcement sees TVbeat appointed as Sky Media’s ‘System of Note’, with the company tasked with ingesting, processing and harmonising data from various sources including household viewership data from set-top boxes and advertising data from the likes […]

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