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Sky launches satellite TV alternative in Austria with Sky XMarch 06, 2019European pay TV group Sky has launched a new standalone virtual pay TV service in Austria. Sky X provides access to live TV channels across all genres as well as on-demand content, dependant on the subscription tier chosen.Subscribers Only
Comcast makes its offer for Sky officialApril 25, 2018Comcast has made a formal offer for Sky, valuing the UK-based satellite operator at £22 billion ($30.7 billion). Today's official offer of £12.50 represents a premium of more than 16% over 21st Century Fox’s offer for the 61% of Sky it does not own. Sky's independent board of directors has this morning withdrawn its recommendation of the Fox bid, making a battle for ownership of Sky between Comcast, Fox and possibly Walt Disney Co, seemingly inevitable.
Sky Deutschland launches Sky Show subscription service in SwitzerlandMarch 07, 2018Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has launched Sky Show, a new subscription video service in Switzerland. The service offers Sky’s extensive library of TV and movies, including first run TV titles such as Game of Thrones, as well Sky’s original productions.
Sky and Netflix agree European partnershipMarch 01, 2018Pan-European pay TV operator Sky has announced a partnership with global OTT subscription service Netflix, to make Netflix available on its DTH and OTT platforms. Sky is to integrate Netflix into its advanced DTH set-top box Sky Q across all of its markets, starting with the UK and Ireland, via a new subscription TV package later this year.
Comcast intends to outbid 21st Century Fox for ownership of SkyFebruary 27, 2018US cable giant Comcast has unveiled a possible takeover offer for Sky, aiming to outbid 21st Century Fox. Comcast today made an all-cash offer of £12.50 per share in cash for the UK-based satellite operator, which represents a 16% increase on 21st Century Fox’s offer, implying a valuation of £22.1 billion ($28.5 billion). Fox, which already owns a 39% stake in Sky, offered £18.5 billion ($23.8 billion) to acquire the shares in the operator that it does not own.
Sky Deutschland launches Sky Sport in SwitzerlandAugust 18, 2017Sky Sport has launched as an online-only service in Switzerland. Offering live matches from the German Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League as well as tennis, ice hockey, handball and more, Sky Sport is available without a long-term contract, with a monthly subscription of SFr 19.00 ($19.75). Yesterday's launch coincides with the start of the new Bundesliga season.
Discovery takes Bundesliga to Amazon in Germany and Austria, as online sports distribution gains tractionAugust 17, 2017Discovery Communications, the major factual and sports channels group, has agreed a partnership with Amazon to distribute Discovery’s Eurosport Player via the Amazon Channels online subscription video service in Germany and Austria. The deal opens up a new distribution opportunity for Discovery’s live sports content, the most premium of which is 45 Bundesliga football matches each season.
Sky delivers revenue and customer growth, but hits to profits and wholesale signal significant challengesJuly 27, 2017Pan-European pay TV operator Sky reported growth across a range of key metrics in its full-year 2016-17 financial results, along with some notable declines. By the end of June 2017, Sky served a total of 22.5 million retail customers across its five markets (UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy), having added 686,000 over the preceding 12 months. On the wholesale front, however, Sky lost 431,000 customers subscribing to its channels via alternative providers in the UK and Ireland (having lost 105,000 the previous year), and a further 15,000 in Germany.
Sky buys Champions League rights in Italy and Germany from 2018June 15, 2017Sky has secured the rights to broadcast all the Champions League games for three seasons starting in 2018 in Italy, Germany and Austria.Subscribers Only
Sky expands presence in Switzerland with acquisition of online-video service HollyStarMay 18, 2017Sky Deutschland, the German arm of pan-European pay TV operator Sky, has acquired Swiss online-video provider Homedia, which operates under the HollyStar brand. The value of the deal was not disclosed.Subscribers Only
Fox takeover of Sky referred to regulators by UK governmentMarch 17, 2017The UK government has referred the agreed takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox to regulators, citing possible media plurality and broadcasting standards concerns. The UK’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport yesterday wrote to both companies to advise them that she has asked communications body Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority to report back to her by 17 May.
Sky seeks UK growth with full online TV offering, amid carriage dispute with DiscoveryJanuary 26, 2017Pan-European pay TV operator Sky delivered a characteristically impressive set of results for the first six months of its financial year – but with some notable caveats. Despite adding 500,000 customers across Europe and increasing revenue for the period by £692 million to £6.41 billion, the rise in Premier League TV rights costs in the UK lowered operating profits, by 9% across the group and 18% in the UK and Ireland.
Sky agrees sale to 21st Century FoxDecember 15, 2016Within days of revealing negotiations over the acquisition of European pay TV company Sky by its main shareholder 21st Century Fox, the two companies have agreed on a cash offer of £10.75 a share.Subscribers Only
Fox launches new takeover bid for Sky valued at $14.5 billionDecember 12, 2016US media group 21st Century Fox is preparing a final offer to acquire full control of Sky, the UK-based pay TV company. Sky and Fox issued a statement on Friday indicating that they had agreed a cash offer of £10.75 per share, valuing the deal at £11.7 billion ($14.5 billion). The companies now have until 6 January to finalise an agreement, after which the UK government will have 10 days to decide whether to refer it to regulators.Subscribers Only
Liberty Media to buy Formula One in $4.4 billion dealSeptember 12, 2016Liberty Media, the US conglomerate owned by John Malone, is set to take control of the Formula One global sports brand after agreeing a $4.4 billion deal to acquire the business from a consortium of investors led by private equity company CVC. The announcement of an agreement on 7 September follows a lengthy sales process in which buyers including Discovery Communications, 21st Century Fox and Sky were reported to be in talks with CVC, which has owned the motor racing event since 2005.Subscribers Only
Netflix to beam new Star Trek series worldwideJuly 18, 2016Content deal: Netflix will launch the forthcoming reboot of classic sci-fi series Star Trek in 188 countries worldwide (excluding the US and Canada) in January 2017. The streaming service will also make all 727 episodes of Star Trek available to its subscribers from the end of this year. In the US, CBS will launch the new series on its flagship network, with the premiere episode and all subsequent episodes then being made available on its online SVoD platform, CBS All Access, Bell Media has rights in Canada. The agreement isSubscribers Only
Sky continues to reassert premium TV leadership with UHDTV service launchJuly 14, 2016UK pay TV market leader Sky today unveiled its long-awaited 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV service, which the operator will launch on the Sky Q platform in its home market and Ireland on 13 August.Subscribers Only
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Sky revamps premium movie service with Sky Cinema rebrandJune 15, 2016Pan-European pay TV provider Sky unveiled a relaunch of its Sky Movies premium content package, rebranding it as Sky Cinema. The name change brings the UK offering into line with its German and Italian counterparts.Subscribers Only
Sky closes first pan-European movie rights deal with SonyApril 18, 2016Content deal: Sky has signed a multi-year movie rights agreement with Sony Pictures Television across in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. The deal is the first movie rights deal signed by the pay TV operator across all five of its territories. Sky will have rights to all new and future Sony releases, including any UHD productions, on its linear movie channels, transactional movie services and streaming services, NOW TV and Sky Online. Films will be available to Sky customers more than a year ahead of any other subscription service and only a few months after they have been released in cinemas. They will also be able to watch films on any mobile and tablet device on mobile TV service, Sky Go. Sky already had separate pay TV agreements with Sony in place in each country. The pay TV group has already extended output deals with HBO and Showtime to all of its territories.Subscribers Only