Comcast reorganises Sky and NBCU channel and content assets In Europe

Following its high-profile takeover of PayTV giant Sky, US media conglomerate Comcast has triggered its first wave of rationalisation activity. In an email sent to staff on Friday, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch revealed a merger of key Sky and NBCUniversal International operations which will, in basic terms, place channel operations under the Sky brand and […]

Sky Media taps TVbeat for ad data

Following what the pair described as a successful proof of concept last year, Sky Media has agreed a long-term partnership with TV data activation software outfit TVbeat to streamline all TV ad data. TVbeat said that the agreement will allow Sky Media to report and forecast aggregated cross platform inventory as well as optimise and […]

Sky Austria makes kids app free to all

Sky’s Austrian unit has made the Sky Kids app available free of charge to all contract customers. The app was previously reserved for those with a subscription to the Sky Entertainment package. The app is available to all customers on I OS and Android devices, offering access to a selection of content. Sky Q customers […]

BBC Studios takes boxsets to Sky and Now TV

Sky and BBC Studios have struck a deal to bring a list of BBC comedy and drama box sets to Sky and Now TV. From April, Sky subscribers will be able to binge on “hundreds of hours” of BBC content including classic series such as The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, The Royle […]

Sky and NBCUniversal team up on advanced advertising

Sky and new Comcast stablemate NBCUniversal are to combine their advanced advertising offerings under Sky’s existing AdSmart brand. The pair said they were expanding the AdSmart offering by bringing together NBCUniversal’s Audience Studio platform with Sky’s addressable advertising tools. According to the pair, the aim of the joint offering is to enable global brands and […]

Sky launches new safety tool for parents of young children

Sky has launched a Kids Safe Mode on its Sky Q advanced set-top boxes. The new setting will allow parents to lock their Sky Q box in the Kids section by selecting the setting and entering their TV PIN. Once activated, all non-kids’ content including live TV channels, recordings, on-demand shows and apps will be […]

Italian watchdog to probe Mediaset-Sky deal

Italy’s antitrust authority is opening a probe into the sale by Mediaset of its digital-terrestrial pay TV platform, R2, on which its Mediaset Premium offering sits. According to the watchdog, the probe will look into the competition impact of the agreement on the pay TV market, noting that Mediaset Premium has in the past represented […]

EU accepts Hollywood studios and Sky measures to end geo-blocking case

The European Commission has accepted commitments by Hollywood studios not to apply clauses in contracts with Sky that prevent EU consumers outside the UK and Ireland from subscribing to Sky’s UK pay TV service to access films via satellite or online. The EC has made commitments offered by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and […]

Sky offers mobile TV without use of data allowance

Sky has unveiled a new version of its Watch mobile TV offering, which enables Sky customers to stream content through Sky apps in the UK and EU without using their data allowance. Building on the existing Sky Watch offering, which enables viewers to download shows to their mobile to watch offline with Sky Go Extra, […]

Sky Austria launches streaming offering Sky X

Sky has launched a streaming-only option, Sky X, in the Austrian market, the latest iteration of its move away from satellite and cable distribution and all-in packages to extend its reach to a broader base of consumers. Sky X will provide a range of channels including Sky 1, Sky Sport Austria and Sky Atlantic alongside […]

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