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Sky picks up Studiocanal movies in new distribution deal

Sky has announced a distribution deal with Vivendi-owned Studiocanal to bring a range of new and classic films to Sky and Now TV customers. The deal will see Studiocanal’s titles scheduled for release from January 2021 brought to Sky Cinema and Now TV after their theatrical release. Upcoming titles include the Claire Foy starring The […]

Now TV hires Universal Pictures marketing man Jamie Schwartz

Sky-owned OTT business Now TV has announced the hiring of Jamie Schwartz as director of brand, marketing and merchandising.  Schwartz, who previously held senior positions at The Weinstein Company, Momentum Pictures and AMV BBDO, joins from Universal Pictures International where he served as EVP of marketing for Focus Features. In that position he was responsible […]

BBC Sounds lands on Sky Q

Sky has announced the latest app launch on its Sky Q STB platform: BBC Sounds. The BBC Sounds app is now available to all Sky Q customers in the UK at no extra cost. BBC Sounds offers access to over 80,000 hours of music, radio and podcasts, and makes it easy for listeners to tune […]

Amazon picks up Champions League in Italy for the first time

Amazon has acquired a rights package to the UEFA Champions League in Italy for the first time. The ever-growing commerce and entertainment giant has picked up exclusive rights to 16 matches on Wednesday nights, along with the UEFA Super Cup, for three seasons from 2021/22.  Amazon’s interest has been speculated on for some time, with […]

Sky expands STV Sky Q deal to cover entire UK

Sky has announced a long-term deal with STV that will see ‘hundreds of hours’ of box sets available to Sky Q customers across the UK. The pair first announced a deal last year which saw users in Scotland gain access to the local broadcaster’s shows, but this has now been extended. As in Scotland, users […]

Record day for Sky Sports

For the second time this year, Sky Sports has recorded its largest day in its history. According to numbers from Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB), the Sky-operated broadcaster recorded an average audience of 1.17 million viewers tuning into Sky Sports channels on Sunday, November 29. This compares to the previous record day on October 7, […]

SVOD aggregators are too big to ignore for players looking for global scale

Roku shares leapt to an all-time high this week after industry juggernaut John Malone threw his weight behind it, and other tech players, as the future of streaming and content aggregation. Malone had every right to be bullish on all three of Amazon, Roku and Apple, with the trio (potentially along with Google as it […]

Sky adds HDR movies and series to Sky Q and offline viewing in new update

Sky has begun its roll out of HDR support for Sky Q as part of a major update for the pay TV platform.  The addition of HDR is the biggest update of note to the platform, and comes after support for the higher fidelity format was added for Netflix and Disney+. Sky said that it […]

UK Basketball bounces back to Sky Sports in BBL deal

Sky Sports has announced a deal with the British Basketball League (BBL), bringing coverage of domestic basketball back to the broadcaster. The two-year deal will see Sky Sports broadcast 30 live BBL matches a season, along with both the men’s and women’s finals including BBL Trophy Final, BBL Cup Final, BBL Playoffs. Coverage will begin […]

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