Andrew Griffith

Sky’s Spanish SVOD service launches

European satcaster Sky has debuted in Spain’s increasingly crowded and competitive subscription VOD service. The new Sky España service will offer twelve Spanish pay TV channels, and series and films on-demand from around the world for €10 (US$12) a month. Customers are being offered a one-month free trial, which is the standard marketing tool SVOD […]

Sky says Netflix ‘not having a big impact’

Subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix are not having “a big impact” on Sky’s growth, according to Sky CFO Andrew Griffith. Speaking to analysts after Sky released its Q1 figures, Griffith said that “the two services don’t go directly toe-to-toe” with each other. Griffith said SVOD customers are generally either people who look to these […]

Sky marketing chief to become UK, Eire CEO

European satellite broadcaster Sky is set to name Stephen van Rooyen as CEO of its UK and Ireland unit. Van Rooyen is currently chief marketing and digital officer at the 21st Century Fox-backed pay TV provider, but is being upped. Sky is yet to officially comment, but the news leaked on a panel session at […]

Sky hikes prices, gives CFO wider role

Sky is raising the price of its TV packages. The price hikes kick in at start-June and apply to new and current customers as well as those existing subs wishing to upgrade. The top premium package will have the single largest monthly increase, with the cost rising £4.25 (US$6.15), taking the total to £80. The […]

Sky invests $45m in Asian Netflix rival

Sky investing US$45 million in Iflix as part of a new partnership deal with the Southeast Asia streaming TV service. Under the deal Sky will work with Iflix to “identify areas of future collaboration” in high growth emerging markets, with the firm planning to expand into more countries in Southeast Asia in the coming months. […]

Sky confirms buy-to-keep rental service

BSkyB has confirmed it is branching into buy-to-keep digital movie sales and DVDs-by-mail with a revamp to its existing Sky Store rental service. Due to roll out in the coming weeks, the Buy & Keep movie service will let Sky+HD customers pay to own a digital copy of movie through their set-top box, with a […]

News brief: BSkyB taking on iTunes with movie downloads

BSkyB will launch a new download to own service dubbed ‘buy and keep’. It will allow subscribers to buy movies and sit alongside the UK pay TV operator’s existing pay per view service, CFO Andrew Griffith told delegates at the Guardian Changing Media Summit in London yesterday. Sky is keen to break into the growing […]