Sky adds users in UK as aggregation strategy begins to bear fruit

  Sky has doubled down on content aggregation being key to its strategy as it saw a solid quarter in the UK. The company confirmed that Sky saw a “significant sequential improvement in direct-to-consumer revenue” but saw net losses of 21,000 customer relationships across TV, broadband and mobile across the entire group. This loss however […]

NBCUniversal vice chair departs following affair admission

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s vice chairman Ron Meyer has left the US studio after more than 25 years with the company after admitting to an extramarital affair. Meyer, who had started out as an agent after forming LA-based CAA, joined Universal as president and CEO in 1995. He remained with the company following the merger with NBC […]

Comcast drops plan for NBC Sky World News service

Comcast has reportedly shelved plans for the international news channel it hoped to rollout this year to rival CNN, blaming the COVID-19 crisis for forcing it to scupper the project. Concrete details of the plan for a channel to be branded As NBC Sky World News – the first co-branded operation between Comcast’s US network […]

Comcast: Sky retains customers but suffers revenue dip as Peacock hits 10 million subs

Sky managed to retain almost all of its customers through the coronavirus pandemic, but still suffered a 15% loss as a result of advertising and sports, Comcast has said. The operator charted 23.7 million ‘customer relationships’ across Europe, down only 1% from the 23.9 million it had in Q1. While Sky will be happy that […]

Universal movies to go to PVOD after three weekends of theatrical release in landmark deal

Comcast-owned Universal has struck a deal to enable its films to go to premium video-on-demand only 17 days after exhibiting in AMC Entertainment4 theatres across the US in a move that is likely to have significant ramifications for the cinema and VOD businesses in the country and beyond. The agreement includes at least three weekends, […]

NBCU plans to add user profiles and offline viewing for Peacock

NBCUniversal has promised to add user profiles and downloads for offline viewing to its recently launched Peacock streamer. While the service has only been live for a few days, NBCU has confirmed that it is working on a number of features including user profiles – commonplace in other streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+ and […]

Peacock launches in US

Comcast NBCUniversal’s new streaming offering Peacock launches in the US today, leaning on a free-to-view tier featuring over 13,000 hours of programming. In addition to the free tier, Peacock will offer a premium service with over 20,000 hours of content, live sports including 175 exclusive English Premier League football matches from the 2020-21 season, the […]

Comcast adds Sling TV app to Xfinity Flex broadband-only offering

US cable giant Comcast is launching a Sling TV app on its Xfinity Flex service, which targets broadband-only customers that don’t want to take a pay TV service. The move has been seen as something of a departure for Comcast, indicating a growing focus on attracting and retaining broadband customers as its pay TV base […]

Sky gets green light for Elstree studio development

Sky’s new large-scale UK production facility, Sky Studios Elstree, has secured planning permission, enabling the pay TV operator to proceed with construction works, following a unanimous decision by Hertsmere Borough Council. Sky’s investment in the facility is being backed by its owner Comcast and is in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal. Legal & General will be […]