The growth of Sky Deutschland AG accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2010, with a net addition of 131,000 subscribers bring the total to 2.653 million. “All operating key metrics showed good progress,” according to the company’s report for Q4 2010.
Sky Deutschland has announced it has now made its Sky+ HD receiver and PVR available for cable homes. The set tops are available with immediate effect from the Sky customer service.
Sky Deutschland has appointed Steven Tomsic as its new chief financial officer, replacing Pietro Maranzana who returns to Italy as deputy chief financial officer of Sky Italia.
Bafin, the German financial regulator, has condemned Premiere AG (now Sky Deutschland) for reporting false subscriber figures in the years 2007 and 2008.
BSkyB chairman James Murdoch has said the Sky Anywhere strategy will help defend the satellite platform against the threat of cord cutting.
Sky Deutschland plans to introduce a CI Plus module for the reception of Sky programming for Christmas. Sky has also said it has reached agreement with Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s largest cable network provider, for Sky’s programming to be accessible via their CI-Plus module.
Sky Deutschland has been awarded €2 million in damages after a case was brought against Belgian smart card pirates that exported unlicensed smart cards to Germany and Austria.
Sky Deutschland will launch ESPN America HD on October 27, bringing the total number of HD channels on the German satellite DTH platform to 11.
Sky Deutschland will launch a sports app for the iPad enabling subscribers to watch Sky Sport HD 1 and Sky Sport HD 2 via the iPad everywhere at the end of October.
Sky Deutschland will launch its regular 3D programming on October 3, with coverage of the third day of the Ryder Cup live in HD-3D. “This is just the starting signal for an entire series of exclusive sport broadcasts in 3D,” said chief officer sports Carsten Schmidt.