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Sky Italia best Q3 for 3 years


Sky Italia saw growth during Q3 – and the first real progress of note for 3 years – reporting a net subscriber growth of 12,000. The improvement reversed a net loss of customers last year and helped increase the Italian’s pay-TV broadcaster’s total customer base to 4.75 million. Sky Italia, along with Sky UK and Sky Deutschland, saw extremely good […]

Sony, Nippon launch South-East pay-TV channel

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Nippon TV have announced a joint venture to launch GEM Asia, a new general entertainment channel for audiences across Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. The pay-TV channel will feature first run and exclusive dramas, comedies and variety entertainment shows from Japan as well as other North Asian territories. GEM Asia, which will be operated by […]

Sky growth at 11 year high


Sky has posted its highest Q3 subs growth in 11 years. “We have delivered an excellent third quarter as customers across the enlarged Sky group respond to the quality and breadth of what we offer. In all, we attracted almost 70 per cent more new customers than the prior year and over one million new products. By continuing the strong […]

OTT subs up 32% by 2019

OTT subscriptions from providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will generate $31.6 billion by 2019, up from just under $8 billion in 2014, according to a report by Juniper Research. Continued growth in the established markets of West Europe and North America, along with the emergence of key OTT players in the Far East and Asia Pacific, will see […]

Sky Deutschland record customer growth


Sky Deutschland delivered record customer growth in Q3 2014/15. The number of direct subscribers for the German pay-TV provider increased by 103,000, which is 61 per cent above the previous year’s period. At the end of March, the total number of direct subscribers reached 4,225,000, representing an increase of 494,000 subscribers over the last 12 months – the highest year-on-year […]

ESPN opposes Verizon FiOS bundles


ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice. In new plans that went into effect last week, Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package. Although Verizon will still offer big bundles of channels, it has […]

Teliasonera Q1 decline


Teliasonera reported a 5.9 per cent decline in its net profit for the first quarter. Sweden and Finland’s dominant telco’s quarterly net profit slipped to SEK3.71 billion kronor ($427 million), versus a year-ago profit of SEK3.95 billion. Earnings per share dropped to 0.86 krona versus 0.91 krona. Its revenue climbed to SEK26.04 billion from SEK23.97 billion, while earnings before interest, […]

Comcast-TWC hope to assure DoJ

Comcast and Time Warner Cable meet with the US Justice Department this week to try allay antitrust concerns of officials about their merger. The $45 billion deal would give Comcast-TWC control of about a third of US pay-TV and broadband markets. Some consumer groups and content providers have come out strongly against the deal, arguing that the companies could raise […]

Ofcom mulls TV deregulation to reflect OTT


Ofcom is contemplating a deregulation of the television and telecoms industry to reflect shifts in how people watch, read and talk over the past decade. In her first interview since taking over as head of the UK media regulator, Sharon White said Ofcom needed to examine how competition from US Internet giants such as YouTube and Facebook were changing the […]

Sky Italia and TIM team for quadplay

Sky Italia’s whole package is now available on Telecom Italia’s new generation networks thanks to the IP platform and to the dedicated My Sky HD decoder. For the first time this means integrated landline and mobile, Internet and TV services. The two leading companies in their respective industries join together by sharing their assets and their respective expertise to bring […]

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