May 122014

Virgin Media has struck a five-year deal to carry BSkyB’s TV channels – but once again failed to reach agreement to offer Sky Atlantic, home to big name shows including Game of Thrones.

The new deal, a significant extension of the existing three-year deal the two TV companies have in place, is the latest move in the battle against BT Sport.

Under the new deal Virgin Media will also offer customers five of BSkyB’s new high definition channels – for Sky Sports 3 and 4, Sky Sports News, Sky News and its dedicated F1 channel.

However, the new deal does not include Sky Atlantic, home to big-budget HBO output including Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Mad Men.

The two companies have never been able to agree on a price to carry Sky Atlantic, with Sky maintaining it is much more valuable than the audience levels the channel attracts.


Mar 272014

Game of Thrones season 4’s first episode will be simulcast in the UK and US.

The news was confirmed by Sky at the launch of the new run, with the broadcaster revealing that the show will be screened in the middle of the night on Sky Atlantic, coinciding with the US East Coast airing.

Game of Thrones begins its fourth season on HBO on Sunday, April 6 at 9pm ET.

This will mean it will air in the UK at 2am on Monday, April 7.

The episode will also still be shown at 9pm on Monday as usual.

Jan 222014

Sky Atlantic Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer

Monday 7th April 2014 9pm UK – 10 CET Sky Atlantic

Game of Thrones will return to UK screens for its fourth series on April 7, less than 24 hours after it airs in the US.

The UK scheduling of Game of Thrones, where it airs on Sky Atlantic HD, is seen as an attempt to deter viewers from watching it illegally.

Watch the season 4 trailer here

Game of Thrones series averaged 14.2 million viewers in the US for the third series, HBO’s second-highest figures after The Sopranos.

Game of Thrones fans’ appetite for the show also made it the most pirated show of 2013, according to TorrentFreak, with nearly six million people using file-sharing sites to downloading the season finale.

Sky Atlantic on Sky TV in Spain :

Jan 082013

Game of Thrones is to return to Sky Atlantic on Monday, April 1, 2013, Sky TV have confirmed.

Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Season Three

The third season of the HBO fantasy drama will receive its UK premiere just one day after US transmission.