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Sky launches Twitter programming controls

UK pay TV operator Sky has started to trial #WatchOnSky, a new Twitter tool that lets Sky customers watch or record TV shows by clicking on icons contained within a tweet. Tweets from Sky that contain the WatchOnSky hashtag will now link to Sky’s mobile TV service Sky Go so that viewers can immediately tune […]

Sky exec to head BT’s TV unit

Delia Bushell has been appointed managing director of BT TV, the UK telco’s growing pay television division. BT and BSkyB have been battling for sports rights in the UK and Bushell served a five-year stint at Sky as director of broadband and telephony, ending in 2011. Prior to that she was director of commercial affairs […]

TalkTalk ups Sky entertainment content

Customers of UK service provider TalkTalk can now access seven Sky entertainment channels and 100 hours of a month of primetime Sky shows on-demand.  As of this past weekend, Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky Sports News, Sky Living, Sky Livingit, Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 are all available to TalkTalk’s Plus TV customers […]

ITV lines up summer launch for Encore

UK broadcaster ITV is set to launch its new pay channel, ITV Encore, on June 9, it announced today. The network will launch on Sky Channel 123 and will be home to “the best of contemporary British ITV drama.” ITV Encore’s branding has been produced in-house, while details of its schedule and broadcast hours will […]

Sky launches buy-to-keep movies and DVDs by mail

Sky is branching into buy-to-keep digital movie sales and DVDs-by-mail with a revamp to its existing Sky Store rental service. Due to roll out in the coming weeks, the Buy & Keep movie service will let Sky+HD customers pay to own a digital copy of movie through their set-top box, with a physical backup also […]

European Sky channels showing Pope’s canonisation in 3D

Sky’s dedicated 3D channels in Italy, Germany and the UK will broadcast the upcoming canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The event is being produced by the Vatican Television Centre and will go out live on the Sky channels on Sunday, April 27, starting at 9.30pm. It will also be filmed […]

Sky and FX agree comedy pact

Sky and FX Networks have announced plans to team up and develop new comedy aimed at audiences in the US and UK. The two-year deal will see the firms co-fund and co-develop new, post-watershed, half-hour scripted comedy. The firms said that the co-development deal will “involve the very best on- and off-screen talent from both […]

BBC and Sky reach zero retransmission fee agreement

The BBC and Sky have ended a long-running dispute about retransmission fees, agreeing that the public service broadcaster will no longer have to pay to have its services carried on Sky. The agreement will see the BBC’s existing charges to the satellite operator for platform services drop from £4.5 million (€5.5 million) per-year “to zero,” […]

Sky suffers reversal as Court of Appeal sends sports channel case back to CAT

BSkyB has suffered a reversal in its legal battle over the terms under which it must make premium sports content available to rival operators. The UK Court of Appeal has said that the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) must re-examine a 2012 ruling that removed an obligation on the pay TV operator to sell its premium […]

TalkTalk posts strong YouView growth, adds live Now TV channels

UK service provider TalkTalk has reported strong take-up of its YouView-based TV offer for its fiscal third quarter and has extended its wholesale deal with BSkyB encompassing Sky basic entertainment channels and catch-up content.  TalkTalk signed up 175,000 TV customers in the three months to December, taking its customer base to 732,000. The operator said […]

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