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: Sky have recently announced that their service NOW will in the near future offer entertainment services such as Netflix and LoveFilm. Sky are one of the biggest operating firms within the UK. They offer a range of services such as broadband, telephony and pay-tv which is their biggest earner. They also own an online service called NOW TV. On Tuesday, 29th October 2013, Sky announced that they will be in the near future offering new entertainment services such as Netflix and Lovefilm on their NOW TV.
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: Last Sunday, 10th November 2013, Sky sports aired three games this Sunday including big teams like: Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs. Tottenham Hotspurs took on Newcastle United in the early kick off at White Heart Lane. Sunderland then took on Manchester City at the Stadium of Light and finally in the late kick off Arsenal faced a challenging match at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Sky news update: today, 14th November 2013, Sky have released their latest idea - Sky Broadband Shield. Customers will be able to filter internet searches. Sky have now launched their latest idea - Sky Broadband Shield. This is a brand new internet protection tool. The new tool will enable family friendly filters to be put in place so that each individual customer can choose which websites their family cannot access.
Sky news update: selected BE broadband customers have been receiving the first notifications from Sky, so they can decide if they would like to switch. These migration notifications explain that they have a month to decide whether or not they wish to stay with the company which has now been acquired by Sky or leave and join another provider. Early this year Sky bought O2's and BE Broadband’s fixed broadband and phone lines for a fee in excess of £180 million.
Sky news update: pressure on BT to reach a deal for sports coverage that will allow the companies to broadcast on the other’s platform has been increased. Since losing the bid for coverage of the Champions League to BT for £897million, BSkyB have been pushing to get BT to sign a wholesale deal that will mean Sky can make BT’s channels available to their viewers, and vice versa for BT.
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