Sky Deutschland secures Europa League football rights

Sky Deutschland has secured the live broadcasting rights for the UEFA Europa League up to and including the 2017/18 season. The new rights deal becomes effective as of the 2015/16 season and includes TV broadcasting rights, as well as the rights for internet, IPTV, and mobile use in Germany and Austria. Sky Deutschland also has […]

Kabel Deutschland gains ground in German HD rankings

Deutsche Telekom has retained its position as the leading Germany supplier of HD channels, with Kabel Deutschland catching up on Sky Deutschland and competing for second place in the HD rankings, according to analyst group Veed Analytics. Kabel Deutschland now offers 73 HD channels after adding a number of services in the run-up to Christmas, […]

Ofcom keeps door open for UK retransmission fees

Ofcom has left the door open for broadcasters like ITV to potentially charge pay TV operators to carry their channels in the future, in its latest consultation on the future of public service broadcasting (PSB). The UK broadcast regulator’s paper, published yesterday, said that should challenges to the PSB system emerge in the future, retransmission […]

Premier League adds Friday nights to upcoming bidding round

The English Premier League opened bidding for TV rights to the three seasons from 2016 by sending out its tender to broadcasters at the end of last week. The new tender adds 14 games per season to the number that can be televised, taking the total to 168 per season.  One package will include up […]

UK TV service satisfaction beats broadband, says Ofcom

UK customer satisfaction levels for pay TV services are higher than that for broadband and mobile services, and Sky is well ahead of its pure telecom rivals in achieving high levels of customers satisfaction, according to the latest study by Ofcom. According to the regulator’s latest research, customer service satisfaction is highest in the pay […]

Sky Deutschland takes Snap to Xbox One

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has make its online services Sky Online and Snap available on the Microsoft Xbox One game console platform. The agreement means that Xbox One users will be able to view a range of Sky content, including full access to live sports content via day tickets, on their game consoles. Snap […]

Sky sells Sky Bet stake at £800m valuation to focus on pay TV growth

Sky has agreed to sell a controlling stake in Sky Bet to CVC Capital Partners, in a deal that puts an £800 million (€1 billion) valuation on its online betting and gaming business.  Sky said that the deal will let an enlarged Sky “focus on the significant opportunity for growth in pay TV across the […]

Sky Deutschland to drop out of MDAX as Sky stake passes 90%

Sky’s stake in Sky Deutschland has now passed the 90% mark, meaning that the German arm of the new pan-European pay TV organisation is likely be removed from the MDAX list of second-ranked German listed companies. Sky Deutschland issued a note stating that Sky’s stake in the company reached 90.04% on November 27, meaning that […]

BSkyB set to scrap ‘British’

Pay TV operator BSkyB is set to scrap the ‘British’ from its trading name in the wake of the Sky Europe deal that saw it take control of a combined UK-Italian-German pay TV platform. UK-listed BSkyB is set to approve the move at its Annual General Meeting today, changing its name to Sky to reflect […]

Berenberg negative on Sky as Ofcom investigates Premier League

Investment bank Berenberg has maintained its ‘sell’ recommendation on Sky following Ofcom’s announcement that it plans to investigate the way Premier League rights are sold in the UK.  Berenberg analysts Sarah Simon, Robert Berg and Jessica Pok argue that while the investigation could have a positive impact for Sky by delaying an auction, scheduled for […]

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