Sky boasts strong digital gains

Sky reported a surge in digital growth with a more people connecting their TV boxes to the web and using its Sky Go service than ever before.  In its quarterly earnings report, Sky said that an average of 45,000 customers connected their Sky box to broadband each week during the first three months of 2013, […]

Freesat growth outpaces Sky, Virgin

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat added 29,000 new homes in the first quarter of 2013, capping a strong year of growth for the service.  Freesat said that it added 150,000 homes in the last 12 months, more than both Sky and Virgin Media combined, and that its service is now in 1.7 million homes – 6% […]

Sky adds sport to Now TV

Sky in the UK has added pay-as-you go sports content to its over-the-top service Now TV.  From today, viewers can buy 24-hour unlimited access to all six of the Sky Sports channels for £9.99 (€11.68) – giving them access to content such as Barclays Premier League football, Formula 1 racing and The Masters golf without a […]

Sky adds 4oD to catch-up offering

Sky has added Channel 4’s video-on-demand service 4oD to Sky On Demand, now offering catch-up content from each of the UK’s terrestrial broadcasters. The deal will allow Sky customers with web-connected Sky Plus HD boxes to access catch-up content from Channel 4’s portfolio of channels – including Channel 4, E4 and More 4 – as well […]

BT Vision gets most complaints

BT Vision is the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider. Between April and June, Ofcom found that 0.25 BT Vision customers per 1,000 customers made a complaint, which was above average industry levels for complaints. Complaints about BT Vision were partly driven by issues related to their sales processes and problems with billing. Virgin […]

Sky launching Netflix alternative tomorrow

BSkyB’s new internet TV platform Now TV will launch tomorrow, targeting the 13 million UK households that don’t currently pay for TV services. Now TV will launch with a movie offering giving access to the entire Sky Movie collection for £15 per month. The Sky Movies pass will give users a choice of over 600 […]

Trace Sports to make UK debut

Sports celebrity channel Trace Sports will launch in the UK on Sky’s pay TV platform later today. The sports lifestyle channel will air exclusive content in the run up to the Olympic Games, including 100 Days To Go as well as lifestyle magazine show Number 5, which is presented by Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand. […]

Virgin Media gears up for Formula 1 channel

UK cable operator Virgin Media is adding the new Formula 1 channel from Sky Sports to its line-up. Sky Sports F1 will launch in March as part of Virgin Media’s Sky Sports package. Pay TV operator BSkyB won rights to the racing series last year in a deal that runs from 2012 to 2018. Its […]

Sky launches new 3D series

UK pay broadcaster Sky is launching a new 3D project with David Attenborough following the success of Flying Monsters 3D. The News Corp-backed network is launching Galapagos 3D, which is the first series to be produced by Colossus Productions, the joint venture company set up by Sky and Atlantic Productions to produce 3D content. This […]

EU: Premier League viewing allowed on foreign set-tops

Football fans should be allowed to legally buy and use set-top smartcards from foreign broadcasters, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled, paving the way for individuals to watch Premier League football matches at a much cheaper rate than domestic pay TV operators charge. The ruling is a victory for UK pub landlady Karen […]