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Sky's new logo cleverly depicts the direction of their share price.

Sky’s new logo cleverly depicts the direction of their share price.

While Sky Television were a little disappointed at their size of the decrease in subscribers for the last six months to December 31, they’re going to be feeling a whole lot worse than that if the current trends in the US are replicated here.

In 2015, according to Wall Street analyst Craig Moffett, the industry could be facing a large wave of consumers pulling the plug on cable or satellite service or not even signing up in the first place.

With Lightbox and Netflix taking the fight to Sky, I can see a day in the not too distant future when when losing 8,707 subscribers in six months would be worth celebrating. Continue reading »

Looking back over the last week or so, I’ve spent more time in front of a computer screen than a TV screen for my TV needs.  It started with keeping track of developments at Parliament with the Privileges Hearing, and of course the now infamous two dead snapper held up by David Shearer.

via TV3 News

via TV3 News

On Saturday I found myself with net access but in a place without Sky TV.  A little nimble Google-Fu had me watching the All Blacks a mere 1 minute 40 seconds delayed over the live broadcast.

Next, I tuned into the Louis Vuitton Cup final races just before taking the kids to school – then rushing back to see Team New Zealand take the cup.

In an increasingly busy life with lots of commitments but improving connectivity, I seem to squeeze my TV watching in when I can, often multi-tasking (ahem, working…).  The days of sitting in front of the TV are coming to an end for me.

I want it when I want it, I want what I want, and I want traditional media channels to make it available to me.  Now.

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RialtologoThe Rialto channel will be available to all Sky TV subscribers for free for a five day period at the end of this month.

Sky is opening up the channel for all Sky domestic subscribers with the basic package from Friday, April 26 to Tuesday, April 30. Continue reading »

skytv_logoSky TV is hosting a Margaret Thatcher-themed showcase this weekend for those who are mourning the death of the controversial former British PM.

Here’s the line-up. Continue reading »

AnzacTestKiwi league fans will indeed be able to watch the upcoming Anzac Test with Sky Tv announcing they will broadcast the match.

As was the case with the 2013 NRL season, Sky were late in securing the broadcast rights.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with New Zealand Rugby League to broadcast this important first Test for the Kiwis under the new captain Simon Mannering,” said Richard Last, SKY’s Director of Sport. Continue reading »

Todd Communications, part of the privately owned Todd Corp, has sold its 11.1% stake in Sky TV.

Todd has agreed to the $218m sale of its 43.2 million shares, which will end a 22-year tie with pay TV provider.

The agreement was dated November 1 and is expected to be settled on November 8. Continue reading »

Kit John Murray has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for fatally punching Sky TV employee Billy Dawson outside Auckland’s Spy Bar during the Rugby World Cup last year.

Justice Patrick Keane described Murray’s punch as an “unprovoked, gratuitous act of violence”.

The judge didn’t accept claims of self defence or that Murray was remorseful.

 

While Sky TVs competitors have welcomed the recent scrutiny placed on the pay TV provider, its chief executive still maintains that they have always been under the microscope.

John Fellet says Sky TV has always been under the watchful eye of the Commerce Commission and believes the recent action is putting investors off New Zealand.

“Overseas investors have said to me ‘Jeez, New Zealand’s just not the place to invest’,” Fellet said.

“I think Sky has been one of the most scrutinised companies. Continue reading »

Sky is looking into the possibility of a new set-top box that will let viewers watch what they want whenever they want.

The idea is to do away with traditional scheduling and allow users to select programmes from a “pool” and stream them over broadband.

The programmes would be available at any time once Sky had bought the rights.

Spokesperson Kirsty Way said that the concept was still at an early stage and that no prototypes had been created. 

While the existing MySky boxes have an unused Ethernet port which allows it to be connected to the internet, Way says Sky would probably develop a new box.

“I don’t think we’ll go from `all linear’ to `no linear’ but you may see channels that are particularly well suited for it becoming available on an on-demand basis,” Way said.

The iSky internet TV service will likely be retained, as viewers will still use that to watch programmes on devices that are not connected to their set-top box.

Source: Stuff

Sky TV says that profits for the company have been boosted by, among other things, the introduction of new drama channel SoHo.

The company’s net profit for the first half of the financial year was up 3.8 per cent from $60.3m from the same period in 2010 to $62.55m.

SoHo is among the reasons for the growth, with continued sales of MySky and advertising adding to the profit.

The channel is available to Sky subscribers for an additional $9.99 per month after initially screening for a month free in November last year.

Sky has described the uptake for the channel as “strong” but did not detail specific numbers.

Source: Stuff