Sky orders more Alan Partridge comedy

Sky Atlantic has commissioned a new season of Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters and a one-off special featuring Steve Coogan’s comic character. Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters 2 will run to six half-hour episodes and be produced by UK indie Baby Cow Productions. The special, in which Partridge will “be bringing Sky customers a hard-hitting […]

Sky records surprise uptick in TV customers

UK pay TV operator BSkyB said that it added 74,000 new TV customers in the three months ending March 31, more than double the growth that it experienced in the same quarter last year. Announcing its fiscal third quarter results, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said that Sky had a strong quarter and “continued to grow […]

Sky Go and Now TV to join PS4

Sky said it is preparing to launch its Sky Go on-demand service and Now TV OTT offering on PlayStation 4 consoles. Now TV will be available on the console from the summer, with Sky Go to follow later this year. Announcing the news, on the same day that Sky released its fiscal third quarter results, […]

BBC and Sky settle retransmission fee dispute

The BBC and Sky have ended a long-running dispute about retransmission fees, agreeing that the public service broadcaster will no longer have to pay to have its services carried on Sky. The agreement will see the BBC’s existing charges to the satellite operator for platform services drop from £4.5 million per-year “to zero,” following government […]

Netflix adds subs, plots European expansion

Netflix is set to “embark on a substantial European expansion” later this year, as it looks to build on the 10.93 million international users it recorded at the end of the fourth quarter. In a conference call to discuss its Q4 2013 earnings, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings would not comment on rumours that Netflix is […]

BBC Worldwide presells drama miniseries

BBC Worldwide has presold two of its drama miniseries around the world. Ecosse Films-produced Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (pictured) has been sold into twelve international territories. Arte (France), ABC (Australia), Showcase (Canada), Zon (Portugal), HBO Nordic, TV4 (Sweden), DR (Denmark), TV2 (Norway), VRT (Belgium), Sinema TV (Turkey) and Wowow (Japan) have all […]

BBC claims sports viewing victory over Sky

The BBC claims it was the most-watched sports broadcaster in the UK last year, despite only showing 2% of sport on television. Based on internal BBC stats from its marketing and audiences division, the broadcaster claimed it notched up 40% of all sports viewing last year compared to second place Sky Sports with 31% – […]

Sky to fully fund Fortitude series after Starz drops out

UK pay TV operator BSkyB will foot the full bill for upcoming drama series Fortitude after US cable network Starz pulled out of the project. The series is in pre-production with shooting scheduled to start in the UK and Iceland in January. It follows a close-knit Arctic community that is ripped apart by a gruesome […]

DCD sells Aussie dramas to Sky, C5 and Hulu

UK-based distributor DCD Rights agreed US and UK deals for two of its Australian dramas. In the US, online platform Hulu has bought comedy series A Moody Christmas. The 6x30mins show, about the dysfunctional Moody family, went out on pubcaster the ABC in Australia and has also been acquired by UK pay TV channel Sky […]

BT’s Sky challenge continues with sports news deal

BT has agreed a content deal with sports news agency sntv. The UK telco has aggressively moved into the sports rights market, taking on BSkyB by acquiring local Premiership and Champions League rights. The sntv content will be integrated with that of BT and will include news coverage of the build-up to the upcoming soccer […]