BSkyB is to officially change its name to Sky following the acquisitions of Sky Italia and a majority stake in Sky Deutschland, subject to shareholder approval at its AGM on November 21. The move will reflect the international nature of its business, serving 20 million customers in five countries.
Enders Analysis has warned that commercial PSBs ITV and Channel 4 may not get the outcome they are seeking in their attempt to charge carriage fees for their primary free-to-air channels on the pay-TV platforms.
Europe’s leading operators such as Sky and Liberty Global face a fall in pay-TV revenues. At the same time, with limited subscriber expansion possible for their existing assets, they will not want to stop their expansion.
21st Century Fox could agree to sell Sky Italia and its 57% stake in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB in the next two weeks. This, reports Reuters, could help it lodge a higher bid for Time Warner.
Sky has started to trial #WatchOnSky, a new tool on Twitter that lets Sky customers watch or record TV shows, sporting events and movies by simply clicking icons contained within a Tweet.
BSkyB is launch a new buy to keep service to its 10 million plus DTH base, but says it will send a DVD of every movie ordered by post.
Sky customers will start to see a brand new homepage on their Sky+HD boxes in a shake-up to Sky’s EPG since its introduction at the launch of digital TV in 1998.
Sky’s On Demand service has added the UKTV pay entertainment channels Watch, Gold, Dave and alibi to its offer.
The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation concerning the cross-border provision of pay TV services.
German public broadcaster ARD is adding six new HD channels on December 5 on Astra’s main German orbital position at 19.2 degrees East.