Tag Archives: John Fellet

Sky to Launch SVOD With Vodafone

Sky has gazumped Telecom by this morning announcing it will launch a subscription video on demand service with Vodafone before the end of the year. The service will be separate from Sky’s pay-TV platform, so you won’t have to be a subscriber to access content. This is the model Quickflix offers for its premium TV […]

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Broadcasters Drop the Ball on Wimbledon UPDATED

Sky announced Friday it would screen live HD coverage of Wimbledon on ESPN. “ESPN has a rich history with tennis that we will continue to enhance and expand,” Haydn Arndt, ESPN general manager for Australia/New Zealand, said. “We are excited to be able to announce that we will be bringing Wimbledon live and exclusively to New Zealand tennis fans, […]

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Could Primetime Relics Rejuvenate UK TV’s HD Prospects?

Monday’s launch of Sky’s newest channel, Jones!, may pave the way for UK TV’s conversion to HD. Jones! will largely showcase content from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s that’s already aired extensively not only on free-to-air but also Sky’s UK TV, Comedy Central and The Box channels. There’s a handful of series that stand out […]

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Olympics Pure Gold for Freeview

The crowd went wild over Freeview for the Olympics. The free-to-air digital TV platform reports sales of Freeview digital receivers, recorders and TVs passed 1.5 million units in the build-up to the 2012 Games. More than 14,200 Freeview digital receivers and recorders, and more than 44,200 Freeview-enabled TVs, were sold during July — the second-highest […]

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SoHo: The First 100 Days (or So)

The wretched state of what’s on not only free-to-air TV but also much of Sky TV is reflected in the extraordinary uptake of the satcaster’s new premium HD drama channel, SoHo. More than 50,000 subscribers have opted to pay $10 more a month to receive SoHo in the three months since its launch. And according […]

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SoHo Slow to Show Dough

Sky TV doesn’t expect its new premium drama channel, SoHo, to break even for at least another 18 months. Chief executive John Fellet says it’s “the most expensive channel” the satcaster has launched and could take up to two years to turn a profit. He was defending Sky’s decision to charge subscribers $10 a month, […]

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Why Not HD: Prime and Downton Abbey

In another blow to lovers of quality drama and documentaries, Sky TV has ruled out Prime switching to HD in the foreseeable future. The confirmation comes just as the satcaster’s free-to-air network notched up record ratings for Tuesday’s premiere of the sensational costume drama, Downton Abbey. The first episode is being repeated tonight at 9.35 […]

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Sky Forges New HD Service With Iron Man 2

Good news and bad for My Sky HDi subscribers – there’s more HD coming but it will cost extra. Sky has just announced it will introduce Sky On Demand HD next month, a service that will let subscribers download blockbusters in HD for $7.99 a title. That’s $1 more than what it costs for SD […]

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Sky Ponders 3D Rugby – But Not for Kiwis

The NZ Herald reports Sky TV is considering 3D coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup — but only for other countries. Media columnist John Drinnan says the International Rugby Board is “looking at extending Sky’s host broadcaster contract” so it can provide an international 3D feed. Drinnan questions whether 3DTV has a future or […]

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Sky Comms Chief Answers Critics

A bigger hard drive for MySky HDi and HD movies on demand are “under consideration”, says Sky TV’s communications czar, Tony O’Brien. ScreenScribe.tv invited the satcaster’s public relations boss to state the company’s position after he challenged some of my comments about it in a February 7 interview with Radio NZ National’s Mediawatch presenter Colin […]

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