Aug 152016
 

Sky is to launch its streaming service NOW TV into the Spanish market, the first territory where it doesn’t have a satellite operation.

NOW TV launched in the UK in July 2012 and versions have subsequently been rolled out in Germany and most recently Italy. It runs on a streaming box produced by Roku, in which Sky holds a small stake.

However, while the box may be a ringer for what can be purchased in the UK market, the pay-as-you-go service is likely to be missing many of the channels that can be streamed in the UK.

The Spain move marks just part of a larger pan-Europe drive. Closing its landmark multi-year pan-European deal with Sony Pictures Television on new and future Sony movies this April, Sky negotiated subscription and transactional rights to Sony movies in the territories in Europe where Sky offers traditional satellite services – U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Sources say it will now seek to secure pan-European rights to at least these five territories when renewing contracts with other Hollywood studios.

The Spain launch, which Sky is said to hope to put through by the end of 2016, now signals the pay TV giant’s determination to test the waters for its own OTT video streaming operations beyond its five-territory base

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Sep 132015
 

Sky’s subscriber base is expected to overtake Liberty Global’s in Western Europe in 2017, according to new research by Digital TV Research.
The Western Europe Pay TV Operator Forecasts report claims that Liberty Global’s subscriber count will fall in the coming years as it tries to convert its remaining analogue cable subscribers by 2020, with some expected to be lost to other digital platforms.

Sky Europe on the other hand – which comprises assets in Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland and the UK – is tipped to grow its satellite subscriber base.
According to the research, Sky’s subscriber numbers will climb from 10.44 million in 2014 to 18.36 million in 2020, while Liberty Global’s customer base will drop from 18.98 million subscribers in 2014 to 17.49 million in 2020.
Across the 66 operators in 15 countries covered by the report – representing just under 90% of Western European pay TV subscribers – total pay TV subscriptions are tipped to increase from 82.0 million in 2010 to 93.1 million by 2020.
However, only 36 (55%) of these operators will add to subscribers between 2014 and 2020, said the report.
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Apr 072013
 

Some UK TV Music channels have this week gone “free to air”, and are available without a Sky card or Sky subscription.

These channels are: The Box, Heat, Kiss, Kerrang, Magic and Smash Hits

Currently they are not available on Freesat so Freesat users will have to scan for these channels in “non-freesat mode”.

There has been no indication so far as to whether the channel owners plan to have these channels join Freesat. The move comes on the day rival channel VIVA joined Freesat on channel 146.

The Box music channel

4Music remains only available on satellite to those viewers with Sky boxes

 

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