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Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:23
Sky invests in Pluto.TV service, creates TV channels from web video
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Sky has put $500,000 into a new television tech startup called Pluto.TV.

 

The service aggregates video from the internet and then creates TV channels from it.

 

Online video is divided up into various genres and categories, not unlike a normal EPG, and then delivered all via a single stream.

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Monday, 29 September 2014 07:37
Sky Sports signs five-year NFL TV deal
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Monday Night Football is coming to Sky Sports under a new deal with the NFL.

 

Sky Sports is to show even more American football from the NFL – including the iconic Monday Night Football – after sealing a new five-year agreement with the sport's bosses.

 

Under the deal, the satellite broadcaster will televise more than 80 live fixtures per season from 2015 onwards, including up to five games a week during the regular season, plus the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 07:08
Freesat launches Showcase 2.0 recommendations service for Freetime
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Freesat has launched a revamped version of its Showcase recommendations service for its Freetime TV platform.

 

Showcase 2.0 serves up suggested programming curated by the company's dedicated in-house editorial team.

 

New features include additional search categories, more daily recommendations and simple flags to make it easier to find TV shows. 

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:18
Sky Sports wins permission to cover 2014, 2016 and 2018 Ryder Cup
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The next three Ryder Cups are to be televised by Sky.

 

Ofcom has given Sky permission to broadcast the 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions of the iconic Ryder Cup golf clash between Europe and the US.

 

Coverage of this year's event – set to run from 23 to 28 September – will be shown on Sky Sports 4, which is to be rebranded as Sky Sports Ryder Cup to mark the occasion.

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Friday, 05 September 2014 07:22
Sky bolsters international content business with Znak&Jones deal
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A new broadcasting deal has been struck between Sky and Znak&Jones Productions.

 

Sky has announced a new investment deal with recently created production business Znak&Jones Productions.

The broadcaster is seeking to create a diverse and international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution, and investment in Znak&Jones is seen as a perfect way for the company to secure unique and engaging programming for channels both in the US and UK.

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Thursday, 04 September 2014 07:39
Chromecast launch for Sky's Now TV
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Google's Chromecast streaming device has been bolstered with the addition of Now TV.

 

Now TV, Sky's subscription-free catch-up service, has been added to the line-up of Google's thumb-sized Chromecast media streaming device.

 

The move gives viewers another way to watch content from 13 of the top pay TV channels, plus Hollywood blockbusters and live action from every Sky Sports channel, all on their main television set.

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Friday, 22 August 2014 07:46
Sky adds new recommendations engine to EPG
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Sky has added a brand new recommendations engine to its EPG.

 

Designed to offer Netflix-style suggestions based on viewing habits, it will help users get more from their Sky subscriptions. Recordings stored in the Sky+ Planner will be used to recommend shows available on live TV and on demand.

 

Users that store episodes of Luther, for example, may find shows like Hannibal or The Blacklist offered as a suggested show for them. A new 'smart series link' will not only record the entire series of a show currently airing, but also all subsequent episodes.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:25
Sky to improve BAME representation on entertainment channels
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Sky is seeking to get more people from BAME backgrounds involved in its original entertainment programming.

 

Sky is aiming to bolster the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people on its entertainment channels, with the pay TV giant unveiling new measures designed to achieve this goal.

 

The satellite broadcaster's new targets – launched today (18 August 2014) – are intended to ensure that all content on Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts provides a more accurate reflection of its 10.7 million TV customers across the UK and Ireland.

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Friday, 15 August 2014 07:41
Sky Sports to offer 'open day' to mark Premier League's return
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Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media customers will be able to access Sky Sports this weekend.

 

Sky Sports will be opened up to more than 15 million Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media TV customers on Saturday (16 August 2014) to celebrate the return of the Barclays Premier League.

 

For a 24-hour period, subscribers to each of the pay TV services will be able to watch up to seven Sky Sports channels, including the newly launched dedicated European football station Sky Sports 5.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:22
Sky buys 70% of Great British Bake-off producer Love
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Sky has purchased 70 per cent of Love Productions as part of its strategy to grow an international content business.


Sky has announced the acquisition of a 70 per cent stake in independent production company Love Productions, the firm behind hit formats like Great British Bake-off.


Established in late 2004 by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie, Love has established a reputation for developing award-winning – and often pioneering – shows across a range of genres.

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Monday, 21 July 2014 07:27
Sky TV subscribers get a new iPhone app for on the go account management
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If you are a subscriber of UK broadcaster Sky, you'll now be able to manage your account while on the move with the company's latest iPhone offering. Called Sky Service, the app enables you to get into account areas, find help for TV, broadband and phones services, as well as easy access to the service status checker. It's a must-have for anyone with a Sky package.   

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Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:54
Sky Sports 5 to show up to 75 games in first five weeks
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The first batch of live games to be screened by Sky Sports 5 has been unveiled.

 

Up to 75 live matches from five European competitions are to be televised by Sky Sports 5 during its first few weeks on the air.

 

The new channel is set to launch on 12 August 2014, kicking off with the Uefa Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Sevilla – meaning viewers can look forward to seeing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in action.

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 07:33
One billion digital TV homes by year-end
best of brit

There will be more than 1 billion digital TV households across 138 countries by end-2014, up by 130 million on 2013 and by 461 million from the 590 million recorded in 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

 

The Digital TV World Household Databook estimates that digital cable TV has become the most popular platform, with 374 million subscribers expected by end-2014. Digital cable overtook analogue cable in 2013 and analogue terrestrial in 2014. The number of homes paying for IPTV will more than triple between 2010 and 2014.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 07:39
Sky builds gigabit fibre broadband network for Basingstoke trial
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Sky has built its own fibre optic broadband network for a small group of homes in Basingstoke, potentially delivering speeds of up to 950Mbps.

 

Such speeds would far outstrip the fastest widely available download speed in the UK, which is currently up to 152Mbps from Virgin Media.

 

“This trial will help us to understand the potential for new technology to support us in giving customers an even better broadband service,” a Sky spokesperson told Cable.co.uk.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 07:38
Sky Sports extends live rights to US Open
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Sky will cover golf's US Open until at least 2019.

 

Sky Sports has sealed a new multiyear deal with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to televise the US Open, as well as several women's, senior and amateur events from across the pond.

 

Under the extended agreement, the pay TV giant will enjoy exclusive live rights to more than 35 tournaments between 2015 and 2019, meaning Sky Sports subscribers can look forward to watching all the action from events like the Masters from Augusta and the US PGA Championship.

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Friday, 13 June 2014 07:30
Sky customers turning to on-demand in droves
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Sky has confirmed that more than half of all its TV customers now have a Sky+HD box connected to a broadband service and that on-demand viewing when in a connected home accounts for 5 per cent of all programmes watched.

 

In a huge shift from its first years as a satellite subscription service, the broadcaster has said that more and more people are accessing content on demand rather than relying on a programmer at Sky to schedule shows for them.

 

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:39
Sky Sports to launch dedicated European football channel
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A new Sky Sports channel will launch in August, offering top European football action.

 

Sky is to launch a new sports channel dedicated to covering European football.

 

Customers will be able to register for the service – called Sky Sports 5 – from Thursday (12 June 2014), with the station set to hit the air for the first time on 12 August.

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Friday, 06 June 2014 07:28
Sky makes first ever Ultra HD broadcast in the UK
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Sky has made the first ever Ultra HD broadcast in the UK, recording a football match between West Ham and Stoke City in the new televisual format.

 

The match, which kicked off at 3pm on Saturday (August 30), was filmed using four Sony F55 UHD cameras. Production was carried out by a purpose-built Ultra HD format capable truck.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:43
Sky's Content MD Sophie Turner Laing to step down later this year
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Sky has announced that its Managing Director of Content is leaving her current role in the next few months.

 

Sky has announced that Managing Director of Content Sophie Turner Laing is to leave her position before the end of the year.

 

Ms Turner Laing joined Sky from the BBC 11 years ago and has been heavily involved in key developments at the broadcaster ever since, including the expansion of popular channels such as Sky Living and Sky Atlantic.

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:56
Ofcom aims to safeguard digital TV while supporting mobile broadband
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A new Ofcom consultation outlines plans to support the growth of mobile broadband, without damaging digital TV services.

 

Telecoms industry regulator Ofcom has unveiled planned new measures designed to protect digital terrestrial TV services, while ensuring ongoing demand for mobile broadband is met.

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Monday, 19 May 2014 12:49
GAA and RTE team up as Gaelic games go around the world
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THE GAA and RTE are best of friends again following the Sky deal, as they launched a new streaming service to bring Gaelic games worldwide.

 

The broadcaster yesterday described their relationship as "absolutely key" and the sports body added that "no external relationship is more important".

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Monday, 19 May 2014 12:09
US telecoms firm AT&T in $48.5bn deal to buy DirecTV
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US telecommunications firm AT&T will acquire satellite television provider DirecTV in a cash and stock deal valued at $48.5bn (£29bn).

 

If approved, the deal gives AT&T access to DirecTV's 40 million digital TV customers in the US and Latin America.

 

The deal would also give AT&T a new source of revenue beyond its traditional telecommunications business.

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Friday, 09 May 2014 07:56
Sky News catch-up service brings bulletins, specialist shows to Sky+HD

Sky News is making its bulletins and reports available for catch-up directly from the Sky+HD On Demand section.

 

Customers who have their set-top box connected to a broadband connection can access a raft of recent and memorable news programming.

 

As well as the chance to catch up on full programmes such as Sunrise and Business Live, viewers can watch weekly specialist shows and special documentaries.

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Friday, 02 May 2014 07:44
Sky TV is coming to your PlayStation this summer
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Sky and Sony have today announced a groundbreaking deal that will allow PlayStation users to access Sky TV from their consoles.


The partnership means NOW TV customers will be able to view content on their main TV via the PS4.


Meanwhile, Sky TV customers will be able to watch programmes from Sky Go on a PlayStation 3 or PS4 for the first time.

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