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Monday, 28 April 2014 07:19
Sky to launch new set-top box with cloud storage, 4K support?
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BSkyB is reportedly planning to launch a brand new set-top box in up to two years' time to compete with the likes of Apple and Amazon.


The overhauled box will allegedly feature Ultra HD support and provide customers with cloud storage, according to The Sunday Telegraph.


The entirely new system - dubbed 'Project Ethan' - is being developed to make access to recorded and on-demand programmes easier across multiple platforms.


Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:39
Sky Store Buy & Keep service now available, buy the HD film get a DVD
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Sky has started the roll out of its Sky Store Buy & Keep service. From today, connected Sky+HD customers will be able to purchase digital versions of movies in high definition to download to their boxes and receive an additional DVD copy in the post.

The service launches with "hundreds of titles" including The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Turbo and many more. Deals with Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox and NBCUniversal means ensures that plenty of films are available, while future titles will include The Wolf of Wall Street and Mandela.


Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:21
Sky trials new Twitter tool offering remote recording and viewing
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A new feature allows Sky customers to watch or record shows via Twitter.

Sky has begun trialling a new Twitter-based service that allows customers to watch or record TV shows.

The new tool, called #WatchOnSky, gives subscribers the opportunity to access their favourite content – from movies to sporting events – by simply clicking icons found within a tweet.


Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:39
Scottish independence: BSkyB says debate is 'for the Scottish people'
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Satellite broadcaster BSkyB has said it has no plans to change its business in Scotland, whatever the outcome of September's independence referendum.


In an internal memo, the company said "the independence question is a constitutional one for the Scottish people".

The memo continued: "We like being in Scotland. And we have no plans to change that." 


Tuesday, 01 April 2014 07:23
YouView backed by all seven shareholders for five more years

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva have agreed to remain as equal shareholders in YouView.


The future of broadband-connected TV platform YouView has been assured after all seven existing shareholders agreed to guarantee funding for at least five more years.


Under the new deal, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva will retain their equal shares in the venture, despite recent reports suggesting the Beeb was considering cutting back on its investment. 


Friday, 21 March 2014 08:27
New comedy deal for Sky and FX

New comedy deal for Sky and FX Thursday, March 20th 2014 by Nigel Adie Sky has agreed a new deal to show US comedy with FX. Sky has announced it has agreed a new deal with US network FX in a bid to bring more high-quality comedy to UK screens from the other side of the Atlantic.


The two corporations have come up with a two-year contract that would allow the former to show FX programmes on either its Sky1 or Sky Atlantic channels.


Monday, 17 March 2014 08:24
Sky to launch new recommendations service in summer
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Sky is planning to follow up the coming launch of its new electronic programme guide (EPG) with the introduction of a recommendations service this year summer.

Demonstrating the new Sky+ feature to Pocket-lint, the satellite broadcaster explained it will be able to recommend shows and films to watch based on what a viewer has previously downloaded to their set-top box.

For instance, people who had watched 2012 musical comedy movie Pitch Perfect would be pointed in the direction of content like the 2008 romcom Definitely, Maybe and Mad Men fans would be given suggestions including other big US dramas like Game of Thrones.


Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:26
Sky Sports to show exclusive Women's Rugby World Cup coverage
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The Women's Rugby World Cup will be broadcast live by Sky Sports this summer.


Sky Sports has revealed that it will be showing exclusive UK coverage of the Women's Rugby World Cup this summer, something that is sure to delight fans of the game.


The broadcaster has signed a deal that will allow it to screen both the semi-finals and the final, as well as pool stage matches, all live as they happen in France. 


Friday, 14 February 2014 08:52
Sky Sports seals new seven-year PGA Tour golf deal
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Sky Sports customers who enjoy golf will be pleased to hear that the broadcaster has signed a new deal allowing it to show exclusive coverage of the PGA Tour until at least 2022.


Viewers will be able to watch professionals including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods battle it out throughout the summer months, with the rights beginning in 2015.


The deal comprises 32 live events, the FedExCup playoffs and the Presidents Cup.    


Friday, 31 January 2014 08:12
ITV announces new drama pay channel Encore for Sky
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ITV has announced plans for a brand new pay channel on Sky.


ITV Encore will be dedicated to the broadcaster's best drama output, and will be launched in 2015. Available on Sky's platforms, it will be ITV's first new channel in eight years and is part of a four-year partnership with Sky.


From 2015, it will also air original dramas featuring "high quality production values, big name lead actors and compelling narratives", ITV said in a statement. 


Friday, 17 January 2014 08:57
Freesat TV service launches new app for iPhone and iPad

Freesat, the subscription-free TV service, has launched a new app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that will act as a TV guide for all free TV viewers.


The app – now available from the App Store – lets you plan how and what you watch, while Freetime customers will be able to to control their TVs.



Friday, 20 December 2013 15:53
Sky unveils signal-enhancing Wireless Booster
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Sky's new Wireless Booster hits the market on Boxing Day.

Sky has announced the launch of its new Wireless Booster, which is designed to help customers improve their household Wi-Fi coverage.

Set to be introduced free of charge for a limited time from Boxing Day, the device will be offered to both new and existing customers who find their home contains a Wi-Fi blackspot.


Tuesday, 10 December 2013 08:31
Second digital TV switchover could be called for to satisfy mobile broadband boom
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The move from analogue to digital television may still be fresh in many people's minds, but Britain could be facing a second 'digital switchover' to satisfy the increasing mobile internet demand.


As the Sunday Times reports, Freeview television and radio services are delivered to more than 20m homes over a coveted part of the airwaves 'considered ideal for mobile broadband'.


Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:12
Sky Go launching for Android tablets in December
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Users of Android tablets will be able to download the Sky Go app for the first time from early next month.


The dedicated application for Sky's multiscreen service is set to launch on 3 December 2013, after the satellite broadcaster finishes addressing some "streaming issues" through the extended beta test.


Customers will require a tablet running either the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system or a more recent version if they are to download the app, although Amazon devices and the Asus Transformer TF101 are not compatible with the service.


Friday, 08 November 2013 08:35
Sky Go for Windows Phone on way
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Sky Go is already available for Android and iOS and enables you to watch Sky’s streaming mobile service on iPads, iPhones and on the bulk of Android smartphones and tablets. It is free to all Sky TV customers.


It seems that Sky Go will soon be available to Windows Phone users as news breaks via WMPoweruser whose source Plaffo in Italy - which is a dedicated Windows Phone website - reports that testing of Sky Go for Windows Phone is currently being undertaken and should be ready to download in December.


Friday, 25 October 2013 07:54
Ofcom finds superfast broadband reaches 73% of UK homes
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Almost three-quarters of UK households are now able to access superfast broadband, according to new research from Ofcom.


The watchdog's latest Infrastructure Report update shows that, as of June 2013, the service could be received by 73 per cent of properties - up from 65 per cent a year earlier.


Ofcom said the trend is in line with "wider changes in the UK's communications infrastructure", with consumers demanding increasing amounts of data while at home and on the move.



Friday, 11 October 2013 07:53
BSkyB Validates Sky+ HD platform with S3 Group
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Sky has expanded and upgraded its digital TV testing platform, based on S3 Group's StormTest Development Center to include HD image handling.
Sky uses StormTest Development Center as its test automation platform, deploying the product to streamline Quality Assurance processes by validating each generation of digital receiver and associated software releases.


Thursday, 03 October 2013 07:59
Sky+ HD boxes get major search update, new suggestions feature
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Sky is promising an entirely new-look search feature for its Sky+ HD boxes.


Set to arrive over the "coming months", it includes a new suggestions function which will autofill search boxes as you type.


Similar to Google Instant, or TiVo's method of search, it should rapidly speed up the process of searching for content on users' Sky+ HD boxes.


Thursday, 19 September 2013 08:09
Sky steps up original drama investment
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Four new original dramas have been commissioned by Sky.


Sky has announced an upturn in its original drama investment, building on its existing commitment to support homegrown content.


The satellite broadcaster has unveiled four new dramas to be shot over the coming months - Critical, Penny Dreadful and two installments of the Sky Arts Playhouse Presents… strand, entitled Nightshift and Foxtrot.


Friday, 30 August 2013 14:41
Sky launches new WiFi-enabled Sky+HD boxes
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Sky+HD and Sky+HD 2TB boxes are both now available with built-in Wi-Fi for the first time, making it easier for customers to watch Sky’s On Demand service.


Until now, Sky subscribers have been required to connect their box to their router via Ethernet, or buy a separate Wi-Fi adapter to access Sky On Demand through their TV.


Monday, 19 August 2013 08:09
Sky Movies launches Superheroes HD pop-up channel
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Sky Movies will launch a new Sky Movies Superheroes HD pop-up channel tomorrow (August 17).

The channel will replace Sky Movies Greats HD between August 17 and September 1, to bring viewers a host of superhero content including movies, animations and documentaries.


Tuesday, 06 August 2013 07:48
Sky Sports iPad app for major update, football gets new features
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Sky Sports has given its iPad app a major functionality boost, adding the Match Choice element for Saturday Night Football.

You can now pick a game to watch from the range of matches showing on Saturday Night Football and watch it straight on your iPad.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013 07:59
BBC to launch five new HD channels as Ofcom creates capacity for more
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The BBC has said that it will launch five new free HD channels by early 2014 on all digital TV platforms that carry HD in the UK.
The channels will be HD feeds of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC, with the news following Ofcom’s announcement today that it is creating new capacity for up to ten high definition terrestrial channels to go live in the UK.


Wednesday, 10 July 2013 07:50
Sky launches second-screen Ashes app
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BSkyB’s Sky Sports has launched a second-screen app for the Ashes cricket tournament, giving users access to the same match analysis technology used by the Sky Commentary team during live matches.


The Ashes Event Centre allows users to watch live coverage at home or on the move and access the session’s timeline with the match statistics used in the commentary box.


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