Aug 132017

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor – where to watch

Saturday, August 26, 2017
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is a 12-round super welterweight matchup that pits the legendary boxer Mayweather against the all-time MMA great McGregor in an unprecedented event that takes place Saturday, August 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Aug 122017

Sky EPG due for major shuffle in early 2018

Sky is set for a major revamp of the channels on its Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)

Following consultation with broadcasters and other stakeholders (and probably online forums!), the changes are set for early 2018

The current EPG has a very mixed channel numbering system, with a mix of HD/SD simulcasts and +1s to find channels, with no discernible order applied to some parts of the guide following years of moves, launches, takeovers and closures of channels.
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Aug 092017

Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

The official announcement, which could come as soon as Wednesday, will scupper any hope that the recent years of inflationary bids for the crown jewels of sport might be at an end.

ITV is heavily tipped to win the Football League highlights rights from Channel 5.

It is understood that the Football League, which decided not to take up an automatic one-year extension with Sky, although the broadcaster still has two years left on its current deal, had been expected to make a decision last Friday.

However, it is understood that bids from BT and Sky extended the auction timeline, vindicating the Football League’s decision to take its rights to the market early.

The deal, which will be for three or five years, is crucial for Sky to win as it has just embarked on a new strategy of scrapping its numbered Sky Sports channels in favour of themed ones focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket.
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Aug 082017

Sky confirms Spanish OTT plans for end of 2017

Sky is to move ahead with a direct to consumer service for the Spanish market. The long-anticipated OTT platform will launch before the end of 2017.

“We intend to launch a simple and affordable OTT service in Spain, the Eurozone’s fourth largest economy and the market which has the largest free-to-air (FTA) headroom in Europe outside of our existing footprint,” CEO Jeremy Darroch confirmed to analysts Thursday.

HBO launched its own streaming service in Spain, HBO España, last November, and Netflix, started in the country in 2015. Other streaming services competing in Spain are ones offered by operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange. This will mean that much of the content on Sky UKs service, may not be available on their SPanish service, as that content will be owned by other services.

Sky now plans to follow suit by the end of this year. The move into Spain had been rumored. Darroch told analysts that the new service will target free-TV homes in Spain and that the investment required to launch it is “modest,” with a “small, agile” team overseeing the project.

Aug 082017

Amazon takes APT Tennis rights from Sky

Tennis fans will now need an Amazon Prime subscription for full access to top flight men’s tennis.

Internet giant Amazon has snapped the rights to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and Masters 500 events from around the world, starting from 2019.

The current broadcasting deal is with Sky.

The end of year ATP World Tour Event in London, currently shown free-to-air on the BBC, is also at risk of moving to Amazon Prime Video, with the ATP currently in the process of bundling various tournaments into new, single broadcast rights packages. Both BBC and Sky rights deals with the ATP end in December 2018.

Rights to the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open are unaffected by Amazon’s move and will continue to be offered by traditional broadcasters.

Aug 082017

CBS Drama channel number change on Sky

CBS Drama has a new channel number on Sky.

And ITVBe takes over its previous channel number, 149.

Effective 1st August, CBS Drama has moved from Sky channel 149 to channel 269, at the foot of the Entertainment section of Sky’s EPG, putting it behind numerous +1 channels and HD/SD swap slots. CBS Reality, CBS Reality+1 and CBS Action remain in their current slots on channels 146-148.

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Aug 082017

BBC announces free-to-air US PGA coverage

BBC Sport has announced coverage details for this year’s US PGA Championships.

The BBC won the US PGA rights, previously owned by Sky, bringing live golf back to free to air TV.

This may come as a blow to Sky, who probably did not even bid for the rights, especially when they launched a dedicated golf channel on their newly rebranded sports channels.
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Aug 082017

Premier League Wins Blocking Injunction to Fight Piracy

The Premier League has announced its “biggest ever crackdown” on illegal football streams.

It has obtained a new High Court Order that will make it much harder for people to watch games on so-called Kodi boxes.

In common with an order obtained earlier this year, the new injunction will require ISPs to promptly block access to Internet servers illegally distributing Premier League content.

“This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content,” said Premier League Director of Legal Services, Kevin Plumb.
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Aug 052017

Game of Thrones Ep 4 leaks online

A copy of the next episode of Game of Thrones, to be shown on TV channels on Sunday, has been leaked online.

A low quality copy of the upcoming Game of Thrones episode “The Spoils of War” began to circulate on various file-sharing and streaming sites, including The Pirate Bay. While most copies are pulled offline quickly, presumably by HBO itself, the unreleased fourth episode of season 7 is still widely available.

The leak appears to be an internal copy, carrying a watermark of “Star India.” Star India is a large media company owned by 21st Century Fox, which broadcasts the popular HBO series locally.

Aug 032017

Sky VIP offers rewards to loyal customers

Sky is launching a new VIP service, giving loyal Sky subscribers preferential access to some services, priority customer service and freebies.

Sky is launching the loyalty scheme, the first in the TV and broadband sector, as it looks to reward some of its longest-standing customers amid growing competition from the likes of BT and Netflix.

Launching today (3 August), Sky VIP app will reward customers for how long they have been with Sky, rather than how much they spend every year

The new loyalty programme will offer hundreds of thousands of free tickets to all customers, including top sports events such as the British Masters and the Premier League, exclusive preview screenings of the latest films and prize draws for money can’t buy experiences such as the chance to visit filming locations of Game of Thrones.

VIP members also gain access to new preview channel Sky Atlantic VIP (channels 994/995), giving access to new shows before the rest.
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