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Sky Deutschland to resume Formula 1 broadcasting

Sky Deutschland has struck a new agreement with Formula 1 to carry the motorsport’s 2019 and 2020 seasons on satellite, cable, IPTV, web and mobile in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it has German-speaking rights. The new agreement marks a reversal of Sky’s decision to pull out of Formula 1 last year to focus on […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom pay TV complaints

Virgin Media generated the highest number of complaints about pay TV to Ofcom in Q3 of last year, according to the media and telecom regulator’s latest analysis of complaints received. The Liberty Global-owned cable operator generated 19 complaints per 100,000 subscribers, mostly related to contract issues, followed by complaints handling and billing, pricing and charge […]

NBCUniversal to tap Now TV tech for OTT launch

Comcast’s NBCUniversal will tap the technology underlying Sky’s Now TV platform to bring together content that “consumers are currently viewing on other online platforms for free” and put it “altogether in one place” as it rolls out its free OTT TV service in the first half of next year, according to Steve Burke, CEO of […]

NBCUniversal to launch streaming service on Comcast and Sky next year

NBCUniversal has unveiled plans to launch a new advertising-supported streaming service next year to be distributed via Comcast and Sky that will also be available to non-pay TV customers as an SVOD service. The new venture will be led by Bonnie Hammer, who has been promoted to chairman, direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises at the Comcast-owned […]

Sky invests in Synamedia

Sky has taken an undisclosed minority stake in Synamedia, joining fellow minority shareholder Permira funds in backing the newly independent video software provider. Synamedia said that Sky’s investment will reinforce its position as a long-term technology partner to a growing roster of pay TV operators and media companies. The company was formed last year from the […]

STV Player to launch on Sky for first time

Scottish commercial broadcaster STV has struck a new five-year strategic partnership with pay TV operator Sky that will give Sky customers in Scotland access to STV’s regional variants in full HD, as well as STV’s leading VOD service – STV Player – on their set top boxes for the first time. The deal will enable Sky customers […]

Mediaset channels return to Sky Italia

Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s channels have returned to pay TV operator Sky Italia’s platform after an absence of three and a half years following last year’s wide-ranging agreement between the pair to collaborate in pay TV. Mediaset’s free-to-air networks Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4 and thematic channels Canale 20, La5, Mediaset Extra, Italia Due, […]

Sky launching dedicated American sports channel

Sky is launching a new pop-up sports service dedicated to American sports. Sky Sports USA will launch on January 3 and run to February 5, airing 40 live games from NFL American football and NBA basketball. The channel’s line-up will climax with the Super Bowl on February 3. Content on the channel will include every […]

Sky to end 10-year involvement in UK cycling

Sky has announced that 2019 will be the final year of its involvement in cycling, drawing to a close an association spanning more than a decade. The move will bring to a conclusion the pay TV operator’s ownership and sponsorship of the successful Team Sky UK cycling team, which will continue to race under a […]

Ampere: Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox to spend US$43bn on content in 2018

The mergers of Comcast-Sky and Disney-Fox mean that two in every 10 dollars spent on content worldwide will be by one of these two companies, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm estimates that the combined content spend of the two merged players will reach US$43 billion (€38 billion) by the end of 2018 – […]

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