BBC’s Bulford: global nets won’t replace threatened British content

British content is under threat, as budgets get cut, with global players highly unlikely to make up the shortfall, according to BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford. Speaking at the Media & Telecoms Conference in London, Bulford said the BBC’s ability to fund UK content had been hit by financial constraints, while reduced advertising revenues had […]

TBI Weekly: Why BT’s move away from drama might not be a bad idea

This week, BT boss Gavin Patterson (above) pledged that he would not invest in original dramas and focus on sport, which, contrary to received wisdom, may be a very good idea on his part. Going against the grain is a brave move, especially when drama is widely seen to be driving viewership for a range […]

Netflix strikes Sky deal across Europe

Netflix will be bundled into a new Sky pay TV subscription pack in Europe. Customers with the next-generation, Ultra HD Sky Q box will be able to access the service for the first time. Netflix will launch along with the new subscription pack in the UK and Ireland in the coming year, with the same […]

Comcast threatens Murdoch deal with £22bn offer for Sky

US cable giant Comcast has made a £22.1 billion (US$30.9 billion) bid for Sky, marking a 16% increase on 21st Century Fox’s agreed takeover price for the company. Announcing the offer this morning, Comcast said it is making a superior cash proposal of £12.50 per share and said that the proposed combination would bring attractive […]

No Amazon bid as Sky & BT renew Premier League rights

Sky and BT have each renewed their Premier League rights, with the former taking four and the latter one of the live rights packages for a total of £4.46 billion (US$6.18 billion), with Amazon seemingly not in the running. Two of the seven packages for the three seasons from 2019 to 2022 are still available, […]

Fox still confident of Sky approval

21st Century Fox remains confident that it will secure regulatory approval for its acquisition of Sky by the middle ofthis year, despite the Competition And Markets Authority’s provisional ruling in January that the deal was “not in the public interest”. The UK competition watchdog provisionally blocked the takeover on the grounds that the acquisition of 100% […]

Fox names new digital president

Fox Networks Group (FNG) has promoted from within for a new leader of its Digital Consumer Group division. Jeff Hughes, who joined FNG in 2016, will succeed Brian Sullivan in the role. He is a former BSkyB (now Sky UK) and Omniphone exec. Sullivan, a former Sky Deutschland and Sky UK chief, was promoted to […]

Sky Atlantic places Trust in Danny Boyle’s FX drama

European pay TV channel Sky Atlantic has bought a Danny Boyle-led retelling of the Getty family story, with Donald Sutherland attached to star. Trust will go out exclusively on Sky Atlantic nets in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Italy. FX Productions, whose parent 21st Century Fox is currently buying Sky Atlantic parent Sky, developed […]

Sky buys CBS cop drama S.W.A.T.

UK satcaster Sky has acquired rights to Shemar Moore cop drama vehicle S.W.A.T., which launched recently on CBS, TBI has learned. Sky closed a deal with producer and distributor Sony Pictures Television for the US drama this week, and takes first-run rights in the UK. The Fox-backed satellite TV operator, which yesterday indicated it plans […]

Sky’s new Now TV move preempts full streaming switch

Sky has unveiled a new Now TV streaming device, which the European operator is due to start selling in the UK next month priced at £14.99 (US$21.40), as a plan to make all of its channels available via streaming gets under way. The Now TV Smart Stick will be powered by Roku and will undercut […]

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