Sky Italia to cut workforce by 25%

Sky is set to reduce its Italian workforce by 25% in a four-year reorganisation plan. National unions Slc Cgil, Fistel Cisl and Uilcom issued a statement on the planned redundancies, confirming a number of local reports. The job cuts are part of a cost-cutting overhaul which is expected to yield savings of about €300 million. […]

Disney+ now on Sky Q in Germany

Streaming service Disney+ is now available on Sky Q devices from Sky Deutschland. The German arm of the Comcast-owned pay TV operator also plans to launch the streamer’s app on the Sky Ticket TV Stick, which enables viewers to watch its OTT offering. The move will give Sky Q users access via their remote control […]

Sky introduces Disney+ voice search in Sky Q update

Sky has announced a new update to its Sky Q STB which will introduce additional integration with Disney+. Content from the streamer, such as the current event series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will begin to appear in broader voice and text searches on Sky Q. Shows and movies will also appear within the […]

Sky launches UK diversity placement scheme & unveils $2.75m carbon initiative

European pay operator Sky has partnered with UK-based diversity organisation Creative Access to offer under-represented groups placements in the media industry and launched a £2m ($2.75m) scheme to drive environmental awareness. The Creative Access collaboration will offer talented TV aspirants who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background, disabled or from lower socioeconomic […]

No plans for Serie A Sky sublicencing deal, says DAZN

Following its historic rights win in Italy, DAZN has reportedly ruled out a Serie A sublicensing deal with Sky. In comments to Il Sole 24 Ore, DAZN’s chief customer and innovation officer Veronica Diquattro said: “We were competitors until the other night. There are no conversations in progress.” Sky is currently the primary rights holder […]

Sky launches B2B broadband brand Sky Connect

Sky has announced its entry into the UK B2B telecoms market with its Sky Connect brand. The Comcast-owned operator said that the unit will focus on partnering with small businesses and providing them with a better broadband experience. Key features of Sky Connect include automatic 4G backup (dubbed Connection Pro), digital voice service VoiceEdge and […]

Sky deal behind delayed HBO Max rollout, Kilar confirms

Existing licensing deals are holding up a wider roll out of HBO Max across Europe, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has said. As confirmed last week, the streamer will roll out to 60 countries outside of the US this year including 21 countries in Europe, where it will arrive during the second half of 2021. This […]

Now drops the TV in rebrand

Now TV, the skinny OTT business of Sky, has announced its rebrand to Now. The company said that the new name “reflects how brilliant simplicity meets brilliant entertainment”.  Along with the slimmed down name, Now will present a new green colour palette which makes use of a graphic illumination on the ‘O’. Accompanying the visual […]

Sky, WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS partner for child literacy campaign

Sky has announced a partnership with WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS Networks UK that aims to improve the literacy of school children with the addition of subtitles on more than 500 TV episodes. The partnership between the three media giants comes as a part of the UK’s Turn On The Subtitles campaign to increase the chances of […]

Sky complains to Serie A over DAZN bid, raises concerns over TIM deal

Sky Italia has complained to Serie A over DAZN’s bid for the top flight football league’s rights. The operator has sent a letter to the league organisers, in which it complains that an established deal between TIM and DAZN would harm competition. The partnership, confirmed this week by TIM, will see the company serve as […]

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