Sky have reignited the argument with Ofcom after former boss Ed Richards claimed to feel 'vindicated' in an interview
Sky+ has become a must have luxury and not just for those who work odd hours or have busy schedules that prevent them from being able to watch their favourite shows when they’re first aired. The ability to record whole series at the touch of button is something that has become widely envied but Sky have managed to take it one step further, remote record. If you find yourself out and about but your favourite show is due to be aired in five minutes you can now use your mobile phone to instruct your Sky+ box at home to record said show.
Within a week of BT announcing plans to offer free sports channels, including live Premier League football games to its broadband customers, 15 per cent of Sky’s TV and broadband customers say they are interested in receiving them, according to a nationwide survey by Usurv.
In the latest update of the Sky & BBC row where BBC are angry at Sky for the retransmission fees, The BBC are now threatening to charge the broadcaster for channels such as BBC1 unless Sky drop the retransmission fees. Sky currently charges the BBC, along with other public service broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, to carry its TV and radio channels on its pay-TV services.
Microsoft named their cloud service SkyDrive and Sky have won a trademark infringement case against them because of this. The England and Wales High Court ruled that the inclusion of the word ‘sky’ could cause confusion for customers and therefore Microsoft will have to change the name.
United fans are eagerly awaiting the prospect of signing Spanish international Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona. Many think that Thiago would be able to employ the brand of football that the club aspires to should he sign. After Paul Scholes’ retirement, some are wishing the 22-year-old to fill the gap left by the legend.
Broadcasting and broadband company Sky, are said to be upping their marketing budget for the coming months, due to the strong competition between the company and BT. The rival company announced the launch of their sports channel package earlier this year and ever since Sky have had to fight to keep consumers and think up new ways to keep individuals interested in what the company has to offer, in terms of its products, services and deals.
The broadcasting and broadband company are considering the launch of a television channel, exclusively targeted towards the male gender. The company have identified that they do not have this type of channel currently and believe it is the aspect missing from their wide selection of channels which are targeted towards a varied amount of consumers. There is thought to be a market for this male targeted channel and therefore the company are highly considering the launch.
Sky news update: As social media works its way into an ever-more permanent situ, the channels of communication are opened for the public and private spheres. Sky are one of the most dominant conglomerates in the world and the way they function in the public sphere has developed along with social media and the way of the world.
Sky building upon their commitment to original dramas. They’re planning to launch four brand new original British dramas to coincide with the biggest drama season ever televised on their TV channels. The shows include some major television names such as; Josh Hartnett, Rory Kinnear, Ashley Walters, Ben Whishaw, Eva Green and Billie Piper. The new shows include a variety of show types.
Sky news update: Team sky manager believes that the team’s three stars, Froome, Wiggins and Cavendish can work together in the Tour de France. Rod Ellington the manager of Sky Pro Cycling, known as team Sky, believes that Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be able to put their differences aside next year and focus on wining the Tour de France as a team.
Sky news update: BT and BSkyB have ended a three year debate about getting Sky Movies for BT TV customers with a positive deal for a multi-year agreement. The multi-year agreement will enable BT TV customers to add Sky Movies to their service package from October 26. Amongst the premieres offered on the service this month are titles such as Gangster Squad and Les Miserables. The deal covers 11 Sky Movies channels and will be offered to BT customers with a YouView set-top box or a Vision+ box.
Sky news update: Sky has recently lost contact with their news team operating in Syria. A reporter and camera man have gone missing. Sky News’ Arabia team has recently gone missing while reporting in Aleppo which is a city in northern Syria. Sky lost contact with the team on Tuesday 15th and have now confirmed them missing. Sky News Arabia is currently based in Abu Dhabi but operates all over the Middle East.
Sky news update: Sky are currently topping the FTSE top fallers lists as stocks fall and there may be potential problems in gaining Champions League rights. Earlier this year BT had to pay huge amounts of money to compete with Sky, who are the dominant sport broadcaster in the UK, for Premier League rights. They now feel they will not recover from the £450 million set back in time to battle again against Sky for Champions League rights as well.
Sky news update: In early November 2013 BT pipped Sky to the post when it came to purchasing the rights to show the Champions League from 2015 onwards. Sky has owned the majority of the rights to show Champions League action for many years now. There was great speculation over what would happen at this year’s auction with the recent introduction of BT into the pay-TV sport market.
Sky news update: Sky have recently added the popular catch up TV service, 4oD, to their NOW TV service so thousands now have instant access to the service. NOW TV is a set top box offered by Sky. The service has been updated today, 27th November 2013, adding 4oD to the extensive selection of services available. Owners of the popular NOW TV set top box will now be able to watch the best Channel 4 shows such as, Fresh Meat, Homeland and Made in Chelsea, along with classic box sets including Father Ted and the IT Crowd, through any of their televisions.
Sky is due to be investigated, along with multiple other firms, by European regulators, into their exclusive deals with Hollywood regarding films. Sky is one of the biggest pay-TV distributors in the UK and Europe. They broadcast to all of Great Britain, Ireland, Italy and Germany. They provide a wide range of programmes including: documentaries, kids' shows, sports and movies.
It has been revealed in an investigation carried out by the BBC that hundreds of homes across the UK are taking advantage of illegal Sky TV subscriptions. For as little as £10 per calendar month – that’s £70 less than they could be paying – customers wishing to view Sky television but who are unwilling to pay the full cost, can receive all of the channels offered by Sky.
The Sky cycling team, known as Team Sky, have announced that they will still be participating in the Tour du Haut Var despite having 16 bicycles stolen. Although there was an initial question over the participation of Team Sky, they managed to pull some equipment together so that they could go ahead with the race.
Sky news have had their request to become a free-to-air channel turned down by the chief executive of the Nine network. The Nine network own a large part of Sky News while Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has a 39% share so this has to be a mutual decision made by all of those investing.
There have been many changes made to the Sky set up recently, one of the most recent ones is the introduction of a new Sky Arts director. This comes as part of the dedication that BSkyB are showing to make their service unbeatable, especially since they are facing serious rival from a number of other pay-tv services.
News coming in today that Sky have lost a court battle with a company known as TCYK LLC and will be supplying the company with the personal details of its broadband customers in order for the latter company to seek prosecution over people who pirated films which the rights belong to TCYK LLC.
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