Former Sky chief Sam Chisholm dies aged 78

Former Sky chief executive Sam Chisholm has died after a short illness. Chisholm, who was 78, helmed Sky from 1989 until 1997, overseeing its merger with rival British Satellite Broadcasting to form BSkyB. Chisholm, known for his ruthlessness as an executive as well as discreet personal generosity, played a major role in ensuring Sky’s survival […]

Sky Sports celebrates digital gains in 2015

Online video views to Sky Sports’ digital and on-demand services increased by roughly 175% in 2015, totalling just under 300 million by December, according to Sky. The UK pay TV provider said that a total of 20 million downloads of highlights, magazine and short-form programmes were consumed in a “record breaking 2015” – up from just over […]

Sky makes €600 bond issue

Pay TV operator Sky has issued €600m of Euro denominated bonds. According to the operator, the new debt refinances the remaining piece of its bank bridge facility put in place for acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, completed in November 2014.  In addition, it provides funding for the acquisition of the approximately 4% of Sky […]

Sky plans 4K set-top box

UK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to launch a next-generation set-top box in the spring that will support ultra high-definition, 4K content. According to a Telegraph report, the box has been developed as part of a major overhaul of Sky’s TV technology, with cloud programme storage and multiscreen viewing on smartphones and tablets to […]

ProSiebenSat.1 gives MacKenzie Maxdome job

German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has instigated a high-level restructure of its digital division, handing former BSkyB and Lovefilm exec Lesley MacKenzie the CEO role at Maxdome. She replaces the former boss of the SVOD service, Andreas Heyden, who is leaving the company. The overall ‘digital and adjacent’ unit at ProSieben will continue to be run by […]

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch to deliver MIPTV keynote

Sky’s group chief executive Jeremy Darroch is due to deliver a ‘Media Mastermind Keynote’ at MIPTV in April. Darroch is due to speak on the first day of the content market, Monday April 13, as part of a MipTV conference programme that is this year themed around “the millennial shift” and the move towards newer […]

Netflix hits December streaming peak

December 28 was the largest streaming day of the year in 2014, topping what is historically the heaviest month for viewing, according to Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index. Breaking down the performance of internet service providers in each of the countries where it is live, Netflix revealed that the highest average internet speed in any […]

Sky launching new drama series simultaneously across Europe

Sky is launching its original drama Fortitude across its European footprint simultaneously. The series will bow on Sky in the UK and Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy at the same time on Thursday January 29. The pan-European launch is the first of its kind for the pay TV operator and comes in the wake of […]

Sky extending AdSmart to on-demand services

Sky is planning to extend its AdSmart targeted advertising platform to on-demand services, and to market it more extensively to third-party content providers as well as providing it on Sky’s own channels, according to Andrew Griffith, chief financial officer and managing director, content business. In a blog posting, Griffith said that AdSmart would be launched […]

Cisco takes Sky AdSmart to US customers at CES

Cisco has partnered with European pay TV operator Sky at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the pair’s approach to addressable TV advertising with Sky AdSmart. The pair demonstrated Sky AdSmart’s ability to target different ads to different households watching the same live linear TV program based on over 150 different demographic […]

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