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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.
BBC3 to move online-only in February 2016November 26, 2015The BBC is to increase the offering of original content on its online iPlayer service after its plan to move youth-skewing channel BBC3 into an online-only service was approved by the BBC Trust today. After a brief transitional period, the terrestrial TV signal of BBC3 will switch off in February.Subscribers Only
Poland's TVN launches original commissions for Player.pl serviceOctober 07, 2015Polish broadcaster TVN is pushing further into online with an investment in five original series. The first series, a Polish version of US comedy Web Therapy, will launch on TVN’s Player.pl service on 21 October. Speaking at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes this morning, TVN executives said the 10 episode series will cost 1 million zlotys ($266 million), a similar budget to one of its traditional linear TV series. Between Q4 this year and Q1 2016, TVN will also debut two reality series, Lip Sync Battle and Start U Up, documentary series My Love Story and drama co-production Cape Town.Subscribers Only
Over-the-top HBO Now to launch on Apple devices in AprilMarch 10, 2015HBO's over-the-top streaming service will be available on Apple devices from launch next month, the company announced yesterday. Branded as HBO Now, the service will cost $14.99 a month and be available via iPads, iPhones, iPod touches and Apple TV set-top boxes in time for season five of Game of Thrones on 10 April.Subscribers Only
Rush to launch streaming services overshadows Mipcom programming marketOctober 20, 2014To some extent, this year's Mipcom was overshadowed by events which took place far away from Cannes. Wednesday's announcement by HBO that it will be going direct-to-consumer next year, followed by the launch of CBS All Access a day later, echoed discussions at the world’s largest TV programme market about the future of distribution. The agreement by 21st Century Fox and private equity firm Apollo to combine their production companies and create a ‘leading global multi-platform content provider’ was made public the Friday before.Subscribers Only
Starz to launch international subscription VoD serviceOctober 13, 2014US pay TV broadcaster Starz is to launch a subscription video-on-demand service featuring its own and third party content outside the US. The venture, branded Starz Play International, will be a partnership with Parsifal Entertainment Group (the Sweden-based company which was invloved in the launch of HBO Nordic) and other financial institutions. Target date for the launch, and markets in which the service will be available, are still to be confirmed.Subscribers Only
BBC to switch youth-skewing BBC3 into online-only channelMarch 06, 2014The BBC confirmed today that it is planning to convert BBC3, one of its five national TV channels, into an online-only service in a move aimed at saving over £50 million a year in costs.Subscribers Only
BT's deal for Euro football is make or breakNovember 11, 2013In a coup which is likely to make or break BT’s venture in the UK pay TV market, the telco has snatched exclusive UK rights to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League for the next cycle starting in...
BT Sport now in four million UK homesOctober 31, 2013BT Sport is already available in four million UK homes three months after its launch - an impressive start for the incumbent telco's pay TV venture. Reporting its Q3 results this morning, BT said that two...
BSkyB reports Q3 growth across a wide product rangeOctober 16, 2013Reporting its first set of results since the launch of a major competitor in the UK pay TV market and with continuing hype surrounding over-the-top, BSkyB unveiled an additional 800,000 new paid-for...
BT raises pressure on BSkyB with free BT Sport offerMay 09, 2013BT will offer three pay TV sports channels for no extra charge to its broadband subscribers, a move aimed at defending its leadership of the UK broadband market and to offer a lower cost pay TV alternative to...
BT grabs ESPN for UK sports channel boostFebruary 25, 2013BT Group is to acquire ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels business, adding the US company's rights to its own channel BT Sport, due to launch this summer.ESPN, majority-owned by the Walt Disney Co, said it...
Netflix raises its game with House of CardsFebruary 01, 2013Netflix is challenging the traditional model of TV programme distribution with the premiere of House of Cards, its first original drama series commission, on its US and international streaming services today...
Entertainment One purchase of Alliance Films approvedJanuary 07, 2013Independent film and television producer and distributor Entertainment One Ltd (eOne) has completed its purchase of Alliance Films, first announced in September 2012, which was subject to approval by the Canadian Competition Bureau.
YouTube brings original channels to EuropeOctober 08, 2012YouTube has unveiled the extension of its original channels initiative. Following up on last October's US launch of original channels, the Google-owned video sharing website is supporting the launch of 46 new channels in France, Germany and the UK.
BBC renews Olympics rights to 2020July 18, 2012With a matter of days to go before the start of the London Olympics, the IOC announced that the BBC will have UK rights to the next four events, taking its contract through to 2020. The BBC, which is pulling...
BT and BSkyB spark 70 per cent hike in Premier League rightsJune 13, 2012Incumbent UK telco BT has acquired exclusive live rights to the Premier League for the first time under the new contract starting in the 2013/14 season. BSkyB has retained most of the key rights, buying five of...
Canal Plus eyes profitable move into free TVMarch 02, 2012Canal Plus Groupe, once the leader of the European pay TV sector, is targeting free TV as a key area for expansion and one that it expects to generate a majority of its operating profit by 2015. Speaking at...
Netflix in talks to fund first original TV seriesMarch 16, 2011US subscription video provider Netflix is in talks to finance its first original content - a high-end drama series its producers have pitched to other possible partners, including pay TV network...
Netflix in Talks to Fund First Original TV SeriesMarch 16, 2011US subscription video provider Netflix is in talks to finance its first original content - a high-end drama series its producers have pitched to other possible partners, including pay TV network HBO. Reports indicate that the company is negotiating to produce two 26-part series of House of Cards, produced by Media Rights Capital and directed by David Fincher. Netflix itself has so far made no comment. The political drama is based on a series first aired by the BBC in the 1990s.