Sky reveals ambitious plans for Elstree-based film and TV studio

Comcast-owned studio/broadcaster Sky has unveiled plans to build a new 32-acre, state-of-the-art TV and film studio next door to the world-famous Elstree Studios. Sky says the proposed development represents a significant new investment in the UK and European creative economy and will be made with Comcast’s blessing. According to Sky, the new Sky Studios Elstree […]

New AVOD W4Free launches in UK with Sky handling ad sales

W4Free has become the latest AVOD service to launch in the UK. The free-to-view platform offers a “curated mix of short form lifestyle, crime, movies and tv series.” The fledgling service will be boosted by the expertise of Sky, which will handle ad sales for the service. Sky however holds no stake in W4Free, and […]

Sky and BBC sign content and tech deal, bringing iPlayer to Sky Q

The BBC and Sky have signed a collaborative deal across content and technology.  The main feature of the deal is the availability of the BBC iPlayer app and connected red-button service on Sky Q. From today, Sky Q users will have access to the full iPlayer experiences, building upon the range of on-demand content already […]

Sky to challenge BT for Champions League

Comcast-owned Sky is planning to challenge BT’s ownership of the UK broadcast rights to the Champions League.  According to Bloomberg, the broadcaster is looking to re-acquire the rights that BT has solely held since 2015. The report claims that BT did not expect to be challenged in bidding for the rights from 2021-24. BT shocked […]

Sky creates 1,000 new jobs ahead of busy Q4

Sky has announced the creation of 1,000 new jobs in the UK, including the creation of a new customer contact centre in Leeds. This announcement will see the company’s total employee base in the UK and Ireland reach 25,000. Half of the new hires will be engineers employed to install Sky Q into “thousands of […]

STV completes distribution drive for Player with Sky launch

Scottish commercial broadcaster STV’s online service STV Player has launched on Sky set top boxes, giving viewers access to STV content across all major TV platforms for the first time. The move will enable Sky customers in Scotland to watch STV programmes including Coronation Street and I’m A Celebrity , as well as providing viewers with all of STV’s local […]

Sky in five-year output deal with HBO

Comcast-backed pay TV operator Sky has secured a five-year extension to its output deal with HBO and is set to co-produce on series being created for WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streamer HBO Max, our sister title TBI has learned. The extension to the output deal, which has previously delivered Sky with HBO hits such as Game Of Thrones, Watchmen and True […]

Comcast leaning on OTT in US while Sky proves to be a positive for pay TV

Comcast is increasingly leaning towards OTT services, with streaming offsetting a drop in TV subscriber numbers in the company’s Q3 results despite a positive first year in its ownership of Sky. The trend of lost subscribers continued, snowballing to 238,000 dropped in the quarter. This follows Q2 losses of 224,000 and is above the expected […]

Industry launches TV charter for “responsible and transparent” ad measurement

The association of TV and radio sales houses egta has launched a “progressive TV Charter on television companies’ commitment towards the responsible and transparent measurement of advertising in the TV/video ecosystem.” Launched with support by The Global TV Group, the charter has been signed by most of egta’s 155 member sales houses in over 42 […]

Trace launches three new channels in the UK

Media group Trace is launching three new channels in the UK on the Sky platform on November 1. The three channels, Trace Urban, Trace Vault and Trace Latina will bring a line-up of afro-urban and Latin music videos alongside shows including Moesha, Clueless and Clarissa Explains it All to viewers. Trace currently operates 24 TV channels, 70 FM and […]