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Today β€” August 21st 2019Your RSS feeds

Disney cuts down Sky Deutschland offer

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Disney will just offer Disney Junior on German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland in future.

Disney Cinemagic will be closed down on September 30, 2019, while Disney XD will be removed from the Sky platform, but continue to be offered by all other platform operators. This was confirmed to Broadband TV News by spokesmen from Sky and Disney.

Besides Sky Deutschland, the closure of Sky Cinemagic will also affect Deutsche Telekom with MagentaTV and Teleclub/Swisscom in Switzerland.

Disney XD will continue to be available on MagentaTV, Unitymedia and Vodafone, in Austria on A1 TV from A1 Telekom Austria and in Switzerland on Teleclub and UPC.

In addition to Sky, Disney Junior can be received on MagentaTV, Unitymedia, Vodafone, A1 TV, Teleclub and UPC.

Following the closure of Disney Cinemagic, Sky will offer its customers the new film channel Sky Cinema Special HD from October 1, on which pop-up specials will be shown 24 hours per day, starting with comic heroes. The channel will be available to all subscribers of the Cinema package, regardless of the reception method.

In other changes, Boomerang will become available to Sky customers via all cable networks – including Vodafone and Unitymedia – and via IPTV from October 8. At the same time, TNT Film will be made available to Sky customers on the cable networks of Vodafone and Unitymedia in addition to the existing DTH satellite distribution.

Disney cuts down Sky Deutschland offer

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Disney will just offer Disney Junior on German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland in future.

Disney Cinemagic will be closed down on September 30, 2019, while Disney XD will be removed from the Sky platform, but continue to be offered by all other platform operators. This was confirmed to Broadband TV News by spokesmen from Sky and Disney.

Besides Sky Deutschland, the closure of Sky Cinemagic will also affect Deutsche Telekom with MagentaTV and Teleclub/Swisscom in Switzerland.

Disney XD will continue to be available on MagentaTV, Unitymedia and Vodafone, in Austria on A1 TV from A1 Telekom Austria and in Switzerland on Teleclub and UPC.

In addition to Sky, Disney Junior can be received on MagentaTV, Unitymedia, Vodafone, A1 TV, Teleclub and UPC.

Following the closure of Disney Cinemagic, Sky will offer its customers the new film channel Sky Cinema Special HD from October 1, on which pop-up specials will be shown 24 hours per day, starting with comic heroes. The channel will be available to all subscribers of the Cinema package, regardless of the reception method.

In other changes, Boomerang will become available to Sky customers via all cable networks – including Vodafone and Unitymedia – and via IPTV from October 8. At the same time, TNT Film will be made available to Sky customers on the cable networks of Vodafone and Unitymedia in addition to the existing DTH satellite distribution.

Love Nature comes to Sky

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Documentaries and series from Love Nature about the animal and plant world will become available on Sky across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.

Under the terms of the multi-year deal between Sky and Blue Ant Media, Love Nature content will be available to all Sky customers on demand and on NOW TV later this year. Love Nature will also be offered on demand on Sky in Germany and Italy.

The move follows a multi-year, international license agreement signed by Sky and Love Nature’s operating company Blue Ant Media.

“Over the last five years, we have commissioned over 500 hours of the highest quality 4K natural history programming with leading production companies around the world,” said Ward Platt, CEO, Global Networks & Kids, Blue Ant Media. “Bringing Love Nature to Sky across Europe is a significant milestone for the brand’s ongoing global expansion.”

Love Nature is already available in Germany and Austria via Amazon Channels.

Love Nature comes to Sky

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Documentaries and series from Love Nature about the animal and plant world will become available on Sky across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.

Under the terms of the multi-year deal between Sky and Blue Ant Media, Love Nature content will be available to all Sky customers on demand and on NOW TV later this year. Love Nature will also be offered on demand on Sky in Germany and Italy.

The move follows a multi-year, international license agreement signed by Sky and Love Nature’s operating company Blue Ant Media.

“Over the last five years, we have commissioned over 500 hours of the highest quality 4K natural history programming with leading production companies around the world,” said Ward Platt, CEO, Global Networks & Kids, Blue Ant Media. “Bringing Love Nature to Sky across Europe is a significant milestone for the brand’s ongoing global expansion.”

Love Nature is already available in Germany and Austria via Amazon Channels.

Sky to launch two new channel brands

By Julian Clover

Sky has announced plans for two new channel brands, Sky Crime and Sky Comedy, as part of its entertainment portfolio.

Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020. Both channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on demand, and as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.

Sky Crime will be based around US true crime from Oxygen – the channel owned by Sky’s parent NBC Universal – and HBO. Key programming will centre around accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved. There will also be headline cases from the United States and UK such as Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers.

Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside.

It will also feature The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: “Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows. By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”

The entertainment portfolio on Sky in UK and Ireland also includes Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness (rebranded from Sky Living in August 2018), Sky Arts, Sky, alongside the Sky Cinema and Sky Kids services. Sky’s other channel brands include E!, SYFY, Pick and Challenge.

Sky Deutschland offers Bundesliga on pay-per-view

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German pay-TV Broadcaster Sky Deutschland now offers football fans the possibility to book live matches of the 2nd-division Bundesliga and the DFB Cup individually via the app of the distribution partner Onefootball.

The games can be streamed at a price starting at €3.99 per game; the payment is via Apple iTunes or Google Play.

In addition to the regular pay-TV subscription and the Sky Ticket streaming platform, the pay-per-view service – offered for the first time – is the third way to watch the games in Germany.

Sky Deutschland offers Bundesliga on pay-per-view

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German pay-TV Broadcaster Sky Deutschland now offers football fans the possibility to book live matches of the 2nd-division Bundesliga and the DFB Cup individually via the app of the distribution partner Onefootball.

The games can be streamed at a price starting at €3.99 per game; the payment is via Apple iTunes or Google Play.

In addition to the regular pay-TV subscription and the Sky Ticket streaming platform, the pay-per-view service – offered for the first time – is the third way to watch the games in Germany.

Sky to launch two new channel brands

By Julian Clover

Sky has announced plans for two new channel brands, Sky Crime and Sky Comedy, as part of its entertainment portfolio.

Sky Crime will launch in October 2019 and Sky Comedy in February 2020. Both channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, through linear and on demand, and as part of the NOW TV Entertainment pass.

Sky Crime will be based around US true crime from Oxygen – the channel owned by Sky’s parent NBC Universal – and HBO. Key programming will centre around accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved. There will also be headline cases from the United States and UK such as Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers.

Sky Comedy, launching in February 2020, will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime, including brand new acclaimed comedies like Mrs Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn, Righteous Gemstones, starring John Goodman, Adam DeVine and Danny McBride, A.P. Bio and Sunnyside.

It will also feature The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: “Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows. By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”

The entertainment portfolio on Sky in UK and Ireland also includes Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness (rebranded from Sky Living in August 2018), Sky Arts, Sky, alongside the Sky Cinema and Sky Kids services. Sky’s other channel brands include E!, SYFY, Pick and Challenge.

Shelby Lyman, 82, Dies; Unlikely Star of a Fischer-Spassky Broadcast

By Dylan Loeb McClain

Mr. Lyman was a high-ranked player who was drafted to provide live commentary of the celebrated chess match in 1972. The show became an improbable hit.

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RAI loses Champions League appeal

By Julian Clover

Free to air coverage of the Champions League in Italy will be broadcast by Mediaset after a Milan court rejected a second appeal from public broadcaster RAI.

Mediaset will now sign an agreement with Sky, which holds the rights to broadcast the majority of matches on its pay-TV platform.

The court also ordered the public broadcaster to pay €25,000 in costs.

Rai believed it had an option that would have granted it the right to sublicense rights for the European football competition from Sky for the period between 2018 and 2021. However, Sky did not recognise the right and instead went to Mediaset, with who the paycaster is beginning to form a closer relationship.

The court established Sky was not under an obligation to share the rights with RAI.

Mediaset is reputed to have offered €50 per season for the FTA package. It includes the first pick of an Italian club on Wednesday nights and a match featuring teams from outside of Italy on Tuesdays.

Sky launches Ultrafast broadband offering

By Julian Clover

Sky has announced a significant upgrade to its broadband platform with speeds up to 12 times faster than its standard broadband.

An initial 2 million households will have access to Sky Ultrafast Broadband, which will have average download speeds of 145Mbps and 285Mbps, with no usage caps.

The announcement comes against a background of governmental pressure on the rollout of superfast broadband that has seen similar announcements from Openreach and Virgin Media.

The Comcast-owned company claims Sky Ultrafast Broadband will give an advantage to gamers because its upload speeds are faster than those of its nearest competitor.

Sky Broadband Ultrafast 1, with average download speeds of 145Mbps, will be priced at £39 a month for 18 months. Broadband Ultrafast 2, offering average download speeds of 285Mbps will be £49 a month.

An ‘upgrade fee’ of £34.95 will also be payable by existing customers.

“Fast and reliable broadband is an essential part of the family household today, and it’s only going to get more important in future” comments Kathryn Imrie, Director of Broadband at Sky. “We want our customers to be able to do even more online, on more devices, without seeing their connection lag or drop. As a Sky Broadband Ultrafast customer, you will be able to seamlessly watch an HD movie, while your partner surfs the web and your kids are gaming in their bedroom.”

Ultrafast Broadband will continue to rollout during 2019 and 2020.

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Sky NZ buys OTT rugby provider

By Julian Clover

New Zealand’s Sky Television is spending €37 million on the acquisition of RugbyPass, which runs a live streaming rugby service across Asia, Australia and Europe.

Dublin-based RugbyPass reaches 40 million rugby fans a month and is the rights holder of SANZAAR, the international competition involving Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in 62 countries across Asia and Europe, including 39 exclusively.

“RugbyPass has established itself as an important player in the sport streaming world. It has the ability to reach rugby fans in markets that are not currently well-served with rugby content, and a strong growth plan for more markets,” said chief executive Martin Stewart. “Sky’s investment will support that growth plan, including by leveraging our capabilities of developing rugby communities and providing high quality and engaging rugby content.

Sky, which is completely separate to Comcast’s European company has been bolstering its rugby coverage against telephony provider Spark. On Wednesday it launched the Sky Sport Now app that gives online access to Sky Sport channels online within New Zealand.

“We’re delighted to be joining the Sky family. RugbyPass was created as a market disruptor to help bring rugby to a younger, internet savvy audience on a global scale. Rugby is a growth sport globally and we estimate there are 120 million rugby fans around the world, many of them in developing rugby markets where rugby is a secondary sport and access to content can be difficult,” said Tim Martin, chief executive, RugbyPass.

Launched in 2016, RugbyPass broadcasts live in 63 countries and is the largest publisher of Rugby content in the world.

Sky NZ buys OTT rugby provider

By Julian Clover

New Zealand’s Sky Television is spending €37 million on the acquisition of RugbyPass, which runs a live streaming rugby service across Asia, Australia and Europe.

Dublin-based RugbyPass reaches 40 million rugby fans a month and is the rights holder of SANZAAR, the international competition involving Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in 62 countries across Asia and Europe, including 39 exclusively.

“RugbyPass has established itself as an important player in the sport streaming world. It has the ability to reach rugby fans in markets that are not currently well-served with rugby content, and a strong growth plan for more markets,” said chief executive Martin Stewart. “Sky’s investment will support that growth plan, including by leveraging our capabilities of developing rugby communities and providing high quality and engaging rugby content.

Sky, which is completely separate to Comcast’s European company has been bolstering its rugby coverage against telephony provider Spark. On Wednesday it launched the Sky Sport Now app that gives online access to Sky Sport channels online within New Zealand.

“We’re delighted to be joining the Sky family. RugbyPass was created as a market disruptor to help bring rugby to a younger, internet savvy audience on a global scale. Rugby is a growth sport globally and we estimate there are 120 million rugby fans around the world, many of them in developing rugby markets where rugby is a secondary sport and access to content can be difficult,” said Tim Martin, chief executive, RugbyPass.

Launched in 2016, RugbyPass broadcasts live in 63 countries and is the largest publisher of Rugby content in the world.

Jipping and von Spakovsky: Dems improperly play politics with Supreme Court, threatening its independence

By Thomas Jipping

In an extraordinary and outrageous move endangering the constitutionally mandated independence of the U.S. Supreme Court, five Democratic senators are threatening political retaliation against the court unless it denies the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers in its first gun case in a decade.

β€˜Good Boys’ Review: The Cruel Comedy of Lost Innocence

By Manohla Dargis

The latest from the producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg involves three 12-year-olds playing at being superbad.

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