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Comment: Are newspaper giants the new pay TV channels?

The news back in September that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had bought the iconic Washington Post newspaper for a paltry US$250 million – a fraction of what the paper was once worth – resounded through the media world like a thunderbolt. Although reaction was mixed the prevailing view was that Bezos had a track record […]

YouView the largest catch-up provider in the UK, report

UK connected TV platform, YouView, is now the largest catch-up TV provider in the UK, according to the latest stats from digital media consultancy Decipher. The firm’s Q3 2013 audit claims that the YouView platform’s catch-up assets grew by 25% in the quarter to 2,677 programmes, beating Sky, which has 2,592 content assets. In spite […]

Sky Vision to show Fortitude

Sky Vision is set to land international rights to upcoming big-budget drama Fortitude, TBI understands. The scripted series will bow on Sky Atlantic, the BSkyB entertainment pay TV channel, and on premium cable network Starz in the US. Starz has TV, digital and home entertainment rights across North America to the show, which is being […]

Sky’s quarterly programming costs top £600 million

BSkyB’s investment in new original programming and increased football rights costs have caused a spike in programming costs at the pay TV operator. The 21st Century Fox-backed company spent £622 million (US$1 billion) on content in July, August and September its latest results reveal. Sky said the 6% increase on the £589 million it spent […]

QVC launches two new channels

Shopping network QVC is launching two new channels in the UK – QVC Style and QVC Extra. The networks go live next week and will be available 24 hours a day via Sky, Freesat and on Freeview for viewers with internet connected TVs. Viewers can also tune in online on QVC’s UK website. The QVC […]

Ofcom backs BSkyB in BT ads row

UK regulator Ofcom has ruled that BSkyB has not breached its broadcast code in refusing to carry ads for BT’s new rival sports channels. Following a complaint lodged by BT earlier this year, Ofcom said today that Sky was not in breach of its code on the prevention of undue discrimination between broadcast advertisers. In […]

Using the UK tax credit to boost trans-Atlantic relations

Patrick Irwin, Justin Thomson-Glover and Louisa Spring – the principals of London and LA-based exec-production, coproduction and financing consultancy Far Moor – discuss how the introduction of the UK TV tax credit should be used to benefit the business on both sides of the Pond. The US cable networks are now looking at their development […]

BT Sports paves way for Sky price battle and rights inflation

BSkyB will hit back at BT with new pricing promotions as double-digit percentage increases in the cost of key sports rights kick in, following BT launching its own sports channels in the UK, according to analysts. Morgan Stanley issued a report following UK telco BT launching BT Sports yesterday and said that increased competition for […]

Record audience figures swing Sky Deutschland to profit

German pay TV platform Sky Deutschland said it reached record audience levels in Q1 2013, helping it to swing to a profit and record a 14% increase in revenues. Over the course of the quarter, ended March 31, 2013, Sky Deutschland said its customer base grew by 42,100 to 3.4 million and claimed that more […]

UKTV gets a new look

UKTV is introducing a new on-air look and feel. The UK channel operating group, which is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, said it is introducing the new look to coincide with its twenty-first year in digital TV. The new look will go live on Tuesday March 26. Chief executive, Darren […]