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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 – […]

Sky chief blasts mulled voluntary TV gambling ad ban

Sky UK CEO Stephen van Rooyen has criticised the floating of plans by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which represents gambling firms including Bet365, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, to voluntary implement a ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on TV advertising of their services during the airing of sports fixtures on TV. In an article published in The Times, […]

Mediaset agrees sale of digital-terrestrial operations unit

Mediaset has agreed the sale of 100% of R2, the company that controls the technical platform for its pay TV service Mediaset Premium, to Sky. The sale of the platform allows Mediaset to retain control of its premium channel offering, and Mediaset will also continue to manage Mediaset Premium’s customer base. The sale of the […]

Linius appoints former Netflix, Sky execs to advisory board

Linius Technologies, an Australian company specialising in personalised video tech, has appointed Netflix’s former director of content acquisition, Simon Gallagher, to its advisory board. Gallagher is one of three new high-profile board appointments. Joining him is: former Sky UK head of operations, David Butorac; and Newstag co-founder and a former member of the Swedish parliament, […]

Imagine Communications appoints Sky Deutschland’s standards director

Imagine Communications has appointed long-serving Sky Deutschland executive, Stephan Heimbecher, as its new international director of consulting services. Heimbecher will lead a team of industry experts focused on collaborating with customers to solve what Imagine described as “significant challenges that currently face the broadcast and media industries”. He will help develop migration strategies for Imagine’s […]

Now TV looking to add new features

Sky’s UK OTT TV service Now TV aims to add download-to-play to its offering, and will look at adding third-party SVOD options on a case-by-case basis, according to Kelly McAree, head of proposition, Now TV. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit in London this morning, McAree said that Now TV had ambitions to do […]

Sky Sports strikes new deal for Scottish Premiership

Sky Sports has struck a new agreement with the Scottish Professional Football League to carry coverage of Scottish Premier League football for five years from 2020. Sky Sports will show up to 48 live Ladbrokes Premiership matches every season, as well as the Premiership/Championship Play-offs, on its dedicated channel, Sky Sports Football. As well as […]

Sky urges Ofcom to look ‘beyond the rhetoric’ of PSBs in prominence decision

Sky has urged Ofcom and the UK government to “look beyond the rhetoric” of the public service broadcasters (PSBs) before making changes to rules surrounding channel prominence. In an open letter Sky’s group director of policy and public affairs, David Wheeldon, argued that the UK broadcast regulator should closely examine PSB claims before “acting to further […]

Sky Deutschland adds Netflix to Sky Q

Sky Deutschland will add Netflix to its Sky Q offering tomorrow as part of a new Entertainment Plus package, with Netflix recommendations and search integrated as part of the Sky Q experience. The new package, which will be available to Sky subscribers in Germany and Austria, will combine Sky original productions, international series, Sky box […]

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