Ball in Ofcom’s court as CAT rules against Sky on wholesale must offer

After four years of litigation, the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) has ruled that BSkyB must make its sports channels available to BT on a wholesale basis. The CAT, making an about turn on its original 2012 ruling on the case, said that Sky must make its Sky Sports 1 and 2 premium services available […]

BSkyB investing £3 million in arts and culture projects

BSkyB is investing £3 million (€3.8 million) in new arts and culture TV projects over three years and has invited arts organisations and production companies to bid collaboratively for up to £1 million annually to develop new TV ideas.  Sky said that the new initiative, Sky Arts Amplify, is designed to foster integrated partnerships between […]

Sky invests US$7 million in YouTube sports MCN Whistle

UK pay TV operator Sky has invested US$7 million (€5.5 million) in Whistle Sports, a US-based startup that runs sports-themed YouTube networks. Sky said that it will work with Whistle Sports to create new content for younger sports fans, particularly “young millennials”. “Whistle Sports has very quickly established itself in the US as a major […]

Sky News to programme new Australia Channel

Hong Kong-based distributor and channel operator Lightning International is rolling out Australia Channel, a new Asian channel that will be programmed with content from the Australian Sky News. The news operation is a joint venture between UK pay TV platform BSkyB and Australian commercial network Nine. The best of its news and sport content will […]

Crispin Odey makes Sky Deutschland U-turn

The finance company owned by Rupert Murdoch’s formerson-in-law, Crispin Odey, has agreed to sell almost all of its minority stake in the Sky Deutschland. Odey and Odey Assett Management had initially resisted BSkyB’s offer to buy the outstanding shares in the German pay TV platform. However, it has now confirmed that it will offload 97% […]

BSkyB adds photo feature to Sky+ app

BSkyB has added a feature to its Sky+ app to enable users to view photos stored on their smartphones on their TV screens.  Viewers need to connect their devices to the same WiFi as their Sky+ HD boxes to see a camera icon in the navigation bar of the app. They can then click on […]

BSkyB defies sceptics with strong Q1 growth

BSkyB has managed to defy continued downward economic pressure on consumer spending to beat analysts’ expectations in its latest quarterly results.  Sky added 760,000 new paid-for subscription products in its fiscal first quarter, 8% more than the previous quarter, and added 51,000 new retail customers to close the quarter at 11.5 million. The pay TV […]

Pay TV operators gearing up for sell-through

Pay TV operators are gearing up to tap into what they expect to become a burgeoning electronic sell-through (EST) market with a series of launches of new services, MIPCOM attendees heard yesterday. Speaking on a panel session on sell-through, or ‘Digital HD’ (DHD) to use a term current in the US market, Nicola Bamford, director […]

German media authorities approve Sky Deutschland deal

BSkyB has gained “unconditional media concentration clearance” from some German state media authorities to buy 57.4% of Sky Deutschland, as part of its Sky Europe plans. Sky confirmed that it has got clearance from state media authorities in Bavaria, and Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. The news comes just a week after 96% of BSkyB’s independent shareholders […]

Sky invests in online video startup Pluto.TV

Sky has invested US$500,000 (€394,000) in US online video aggregator Pluto.TV, the latest company to benefit from the UK pay TV operator’s policy of backing startups. LA-based Pluto.TV aggregates video content from across the web and programs it into themed TV channels, spanning genres including music, news, sports, comedy and entertainment. The service works using […]