Sky Italia

Hulu checks in to Grand Hotel

US VOD service Hulu is among the latest buyers of Spanish period drama Grand Hotel, TBI can reveal. Austria’s ORF and Sony’s new German pay TV channel Sony Entertainment Television have also acquired the show, which has been described by sources here in Cannes as a cross between ITV’s Downtown Abbey and Danish mystery drama The Killing. Furthermore, Italian prodco […]

Shock decline in pay TV numbers in Western Europe

The total number of pay TV subscribers in Western Europe has fallen for the first time ever. New research from TBI publisher Informa Telecoms & Media reveals that there were 92.6 million pay TV subscribers across the region at end-2012, a year-on-year decline of 380,000. Challenging economic times in the region were largely to blame […]

Sky Italia launches F1 channel

Italian pay TV operator Sky has launched a dedicated Formula 1 channel, Sky Sport F1 HD. Taking its lead from its sister BSkyB service in the UK, Sky Italia has launched a service that will show live races and a raft of magazine and wraparound programming. A Sky Italia spokesman told TBI that Sky Italia […]

Sky Italia struggles as News Corp. posts strong results

Sky Italia swung to a loss and shed customers in the most recent quarter and parent company News Corp. gave notice that the Italian pay TV operator will not meet earlier performance targets. The poor performance of Sky Italia came as News Corp.’s other cable TV and production divisions reported a strong quarter. Sky Italia reported […]

Burlesque format sells into Ukraine

Eccho Rights (fka Sparks Network) has sold its Lady Burlesque format into Ukraine. Free-to-air broadcaster Inter TV has taken local rights and will make a Ukrainian version of the show. It has already proved popular on Sky Italia channel Sky Uno. The producers claim that the show empowers women to show off their femininity through […]

Former European TV chief Mockridge to leave News Corp

Former Sky Italia and News Corp European television chief executive Tom Mockridge has resigned as CEO of News International, News Corp’s newspaper publishing arm, and will leave the company at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities. Mockridge, who became CEO at News International last year, had previously served as CEO of Australian […]

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