Sky News: BT Ireland is in advanced-stage talks with Sky Sport and UPC to make its new sports channels available to satellite subscription customers. The firm is confident that agreements will be secured before the start of the new football season later this summer. It is also talking with a number of other companies.
Sky News Update: Sky Broadband have released details regarding their scheme to block torrent websites and tackle this crime. With the rise in illegal downloads that came with the increased popularity and usability of the internet, providers have had to start kicking back. The responsibility on broadband providers to protect the integrity of the internet has grown in recent years and Sky are demonstrating their commitment to this cause with this move.
Sky are striving to broaden their customer appeal and one key way they’re doing this is through the expansion in the number of movies they offer. It is a known fact that Sky Movies are often a little behind their competitors when it comes to the screening of new movies so in order to keep their costs down but attract more customers they are offering a new type of on demand service. All credit to Sky in terms of the markets they have chosen – timeless ones. By opting to have a catalogue of Disney and now James Bond movies, Sky are ensuring that their product is not a novelty.
Sky news update: In an innovative new move, Sky are taking advantage of commuters’ exhaustion & will transmit adverts as they rest their heads on windows. Sky Deutschland have developed a system wherein commuters who are feeling the strain of the working week taking its toll on their bodies will experience the bizarre sensation of hearing adverts but not being able to identify their source. As commuters lean their heads against the windows of trains, they will ‘hear’ adverts that encourage them to download the SkyGo application.
Sky are investigating Firstsource over potential fraud and 'data leaks', read more about the news here
The purpose of this new Sky box is to allow consumers to watch programmes over the internet such as Sky Sports or Sky Movies without an actual Sky subscription or satellite dish. However to watch these services consumers will have to buy a days pass for approximately ten pounds. Users can also use internet services such as iPlayer and 4oD on their televisions too, as well as using other services like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Spotify.
Sky have just announced that they are planning in buying back five hundred million pounds worth or shares from investors, a strategy derived from experiencing a rise in their annual profits. Sky explain this increase to be from the massively high and continuously increasing demand of on-demand viewers and individuals watching Sky TV through their mobile phones, as well as other devices like iPads.
Sky News Update: The broadcasting and broadband company say they are interested in launching an App for Google’s Chromecast device. The broadcasting company have only just released it’s NowTV box, a low cost box that allows consumers to stream programmes, watch on-demand television and catch up on programmes they may have missed, through their broadband connection. The benefit of this box is that it only costs ten pounds and there is no contract for the consumer; they do not need to be a subscribing customer.
Sky News Update: The company are set to upgrade and promote their set-top boxes, after BT offer free Premier League coverage to their broadband consumers. The broadcasting and broadband company are currently under a reasonable amount of pressure due to the tight competition with competitor British Telecom. The company are therefore having to think up new ways in which to entice new customers to subscribe to their service, as well as keep their current consumers. However, this is extremely difficult as BT are already offering an impressive deal to their broadband customers, who receive acces...
Sky News Update: Television advert for Sky broadband starring Bruce Willis banned for detailing misleading information regarding the prices of the services. Bruce Willis is a one of the biggest film stars in the world, making movies such as the Die Hard series, RED, The Sixth Sense and so on. But he’s hit a bump with one of his recent roles in a television advert for Sky broadband. The Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) have deemed that the advert does not contain enough information with regards to the service they are offering.
Sky news update: Digital entertainment company Sky have been named Corporate of the Year for their Sky Sports Living Sport scheme now ten years established. The prestigious award has been granted to the company for their newly launched sports initiative Sky Sports Living Sport which aims to encourage children to become more involved in sport. As part of the nationwide campaign which has been rolled out to get children healthier, Sky have enlisted the assistance of some of the biggest names in sport to drive the children onwards.
Sky news update: Ex-cricket star Andrew Flintoff is tipped to be the next retired sportsman to join the roster on Sky with a documentary on the Amazon. The Sky Sports cricket commentary team is already jam-packed with old England captains and stars and Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff is tipped to be the next man to join the team.
Sky News Update: To remain competitive against rival BT, Sky Sports have added a further 16 live Premier League football matches to their broadcast schedules. The December and New Year line-up on Sky Sports has had a mini-makeover in light of the new competition from BT Sport and their dedication to all things Premier League. These changes will mean that Sky Sports football coverage will be the largest they have ever broadcast. All of the fixtures that are tipped to be broadcast live will form the most comprehensive coverage of the Barclays Premier League that Sky Sports have ever offered.
Sky news update: as the battle rages on between Sky and BT, who triumphs over the other with regards to broadband services is becoming gradually clearer. Sky have worked hard over the years to establish their name in the pay-TV market by offering shows and options that is unrivalled, and now that BT have expanded their services to include the broadband, telephone and television service there is a real rival on the scene for Sky.
Sky news update: James Murdoch son of Rupert Murdoch has recently, 22 November 2013, been reappointed as Sky’s director after some time off. Every year around this point, November, Sky host and annual general meeting where current important matters are discussed. The main focus was thought to be on BT’s latest acquisition of the Champions League rights; however this had little mention throughout the whole gathering.
Sky news update: Sky’s main rivals, BT, have recently secured the rights to broadcast NBA within the UK. This could have potential negative impacts on Sky. BT has recently, 28th November 2013, added NBA, National Basketball Associations, to their growing collection of sports rights for their three sports channels. Over the course of last weekend, 30th November 2013-1st December 2013, the first live NBA games have been shown on the BT sport channels.
Sky news update: Sky are being forced to deal with a large influx of complaints from viewers after a condom advert was screened immediately after Ice Age 4. Ice Age is a children’s film series, the first of which was originally produced and shown in cinemas during 2002. The film follows an adventure of some very unlikely friends: Sid the Sloth, Manny the Mammoth and Diego the Sabre-tooth Tiger.
Sky have announced their partnership with GroupM Entertainment to create a series of 10, 60 minutes programmes called Bodycam: Britain Caught On Camera. Since their re-launch in 2011, Pick TV have worked on establishing themselves as a channel again and now that they have achieved this Sky have announced a partnership with production company GroupM Entertainment in order to bring viewers the latest in observational documentaries.
The Barclays Premier League is planning to move the next auction, for the rights to broadcast Premier League football, forward by as much as six months. If this change does take place it means Sky and BT could take part in another fierce battle for supremacy, costing the winner potentially billions of pounds, within the next year.
Former Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray, who departed under a shadow thanks to his sexist behaviour, has been disgraced again just days after his return to UK TV. Gray, who has been working with Richard Keys at BeInSport in Qatar, returned to the UK’s television screens this weekend but within hours of his debut on BT Sport, he was embarrassed on the internet when another video of his sexist behaviour.
After 25 years of service, Murdoch and his team at Sky are celebrating the milestone that launched Sky television and all the entertainment they unleashed. Murdoch was quoted as saying “it’s on a wing and a prayer” when he and his team launched Sky television for the first time on 5th February 1989.
The man named by Sky Sports as the ‘coach of the year’ has been welcomed to Timsbury Cricket Club. Stuart Kingwell will be the head of youth coaching. Every year Sky and Sky Sports conduct a series of something equivalent to competitions, where people are credited with the work they have done over a period of time, in a certain area
When customers take out a standard Sky television subscription package it is now normal procedure for them to receive a Sky+ box, allowing them to record TV. The ability to record, pause and rewind live television is something that has become very popular, very fast.
Sky appoint former Chief Officer of Sports, Advertising Sales & Internet Carsten Schmidt to new role as Chief Executive.
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