Sky expands channel line-up with new entertainment brands

Sky has announced the addition of two new own-brand channels to its entertainment portfolio: Sky Crime and Sky Comedy, taking the total of Sky-branded channels from four to six. Both channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, and as a part of the Now TV Entertainment pass for Now TV […]

Macquarie completes acquisition of KCOM

Private equity outfit Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) has, via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6, completed the acquisition of Hull telco and broadband service provider KCOM for £627 million. KCOM’s board recommended the sale of the company to the Macquarie fund in July after a competitive auction process. The company delisted from the London […]

Sky launches new Go app

UK pay TV provider Sky has launched a new Sky Go app that combines existing Sky Q and Sky Go features, allowing customer to view content in a single experience at home and on the move, according to the company. The redesigned app includes a new UI offering one touch destinations such as Home, TV […]

Liberty Global to focus on ‘core markets’ for further acquisitions

Liberty Global will focus on its “core operating markets” for any acquisitions or investments it makes from the proceeds of its sale of its German and central European assets to Vodafone and the forthcoming sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking on the company’s latest quarterly earnings call, Fries said […]

Liberty to buy back shares and invest in UK as subscriber numbers drop

Liberty Global is following up on its promise to return value to shareholders following its sale of its German and central European units to Vodafone by using the proceeds from the sale for cash tender offers for its shares of up to US$2.5 billion (€2.2 billion), along with a promise of investing in Virgin Media, […]

Nationally produced fiction dominates top 10 across western Europe markets

Nationally produced fiction series continue to dominate the top 10 by audience in Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain, with distinct variations by genre between countries and a high degree of concentration in the channels that air the most popular series, according to a study by French media regulator the CSA. All 10 most […]

Half of UK homes now take streaming services as broadcast viewing slides

Half of UK homes now subscribe to streaming services, according to regulator Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report. According to the report, the number of UK households signed up to the most popular streaming platforms – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV and Disney Life – increased from 11.2 million or 39% of all homes in 2018 to […]

New on-demand players come to Freesat

The CBS AMC UK Channels Partnership has launched two on-demand players – Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK – on the Freesat platform. The move means that Freesat audiences can now view content from Horror Channel, CBS Reality, CBS Justice and CBS Drama programmes through their Freesat set top boxes. Viewers will be able […]

Macquarie to invest in UK rural broadband

Investment outfit Macquarie Capital is to invest in UK rural high-speed broadband business Voneus with an initial commitment of £10 million and the potential to invest up to £30 million in phases. Proceeds will be used to refinance debt and support the roll out of further high-speed broadband to communities in rural parts of the […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC iPlayer plan, despite concerns over BritBox

Ofcom has confirmed that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available on the BBC iPlayer service to one year, with some content, including kids content, available for longer. “We have decided that the public value of the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer justifies the adverse impact on […]

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