Stephen van Rooyen

Ofcom: UK now a ‘nation of binge viewers’

The UK has become “a nation of binge viewers” but there are stark differences between how older and younger people watch TV, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator’s annual Communications Market Report 2017 claims that 79% of UK adults, some 40 million people, now use catch-up services like the BBC iPlayer, or subscription services […]

Discovery, Sky both claim victory as dispute is resolved

Discovery Communications’ channels will remain on the Sky platform in the UK and Germany after the pair reached a last-gasp deal in their carriage dispute. Both sides claimed victory as a new deal was reached, with Discovery saying it secured improved terms for its 13-strong bouquet, and Sky saying that Discovery accepted the terms previously […]

Sky to offer pay TV without a dish

Sky has unveiled plans to launch Sky TV over broadband in the UK, marking the first time it will offer its full television offering without the need for a satellite dish. Sky said its advanced Sky Q service will be available over IP, via a set-top box, from next year, opening up the service to […]

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 to hire first kids content chief

UK pay TV provider Sky is to launch a dedicated kids app next year and will appoint a head of kids content. Sky has tapped design group ustwo, the outfit behind Monument Valley, to design the app, which is expected to launch in early 2016. Aimed at children aged 4-9 years, the app will bring […]

Sky plans Now TV updates, monthly sport option

Sky has outlined a string of updates for its stand-alone Now TV service, including an August launch for its ‘next generation’ Now TV Box and a new pay-monthly sports option. The new Sky Sports Month Pass will launch in time for the start of the new football season in August and will be priced at […]