- British Sky Broadcasting
company_name = British Sky Broadcasting Group plc
company_type = Public (LSE: [http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BSY.L BSY] )
company_slogan = Believe In Better
foundation = 1990; BSB 1986 and Sky 1989
location = London, England, UK
key_people = James Murdoch (
Jeremy Darroch (
num_employees = 13,087 (2007)
industry = Media
products = Pay TV services
revenue = profit£4.551 billion (2007)
operating_income = profit £724 million (2007)
net_income = profit £499 million (2007)
homepage = [http://www.sky.com/corporate www.sky.com/corporate]
British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and Ireland. It produces TV content, and owns several TV channels. More than a third of the equity is owned by
News Corporation, an Australian/American company chaired by Rupert Murdoch); News Corporation's precise shareholding fluctuates due to share options and buy backs and was 39% at February 2007. [cite news
last = Shah
first = Saeed
title = Minister takes on Murdoch over Sky stake in ITV
url = http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article2308440.ece
accessdate = 2007-03-05 ] As of 31 March 2008 it had 8,888,000 [PDFlink| [http://library.corporate-ir.net/library/10/104/104016/items/166570/PR_280706.pdf British Sky Broadcasting Group plc, Results for the twelve months ended 30 June 2006] |229 KiB ] direct to home customers in the UK and Ireland. As of the same date it also had 3,294,000 indirect customers through the cable operator
Virgin Mediain the UK, and a further 604,000 indirect cable customers on UPC Irelandin Ireland. Due to a financial dispute, Virgin Media's inclusion of BSkyB's basic channels in its most popular "M", "L" and "XL" packages ended at the end of February 2007, and is no indication of this situation changing in the near future. However, Sky Sportsand Sky Movieschannels are still offered to Virgin Media customers as premium services.
The Astra satellite network began with the launch of
Astra 1Ain 1989. With the launch of more Astra satellites from 1991 onward BSkyB was able to begin expanding its services (the Astra satellites were all orbitally co-located so that they could be received using the same dish).
Sky does not own any of the satellites it has used since withdrawing service from the
Marcopolocraft; the Astra satellites are owned and operated by SES Astraand Eurobird 1by Eutelsat. Sky has shared its orbital position with other pay-TV systems in the past.
By 1990 both Rupert Murdoch's Sky Television and the BSB alliance were beginning to struggle with the burden of massive losses. The collapse of BSB in November 1990 led to a merger, which was in effect a takeover by Sky.
The new company was called British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) but marketed as Sky,
Marco Polo Housewas sold, BSB's channels were largely scrapped in favour of Sky's and the Marco Polo satellites were run down and eventually sold in favour of the Astra system (Marcopolo I in December 1993 to NSABof Sweden and Marcopolo II in July 1992 to Telenorof Norway. Both companies had already one HS376 in orbit at the time). The merger may have saved Sky financially; despite its popularity, Sky had very few major advertisers to begin with. Acquiring BSB's healthier advertising contracts and equipment apparently solved the company's problems.
Move to Digital
The launch of the first Astra 2 series satellite at a new orbital position, 28.2° east, in 1997 (followed by more Astra satellites as well as
Eutelsat's Eurobird 1at 28.5°E), enabled the company to launch a new all-digital service, Sky Digital, with the potential to carry hundreds of television and radio channels. The Astra 2 fleet at 28.2° east maintains a geostationary orbit35,600 km from earth and was built by Hughes (now Boeing Satellite Systems) and Astrium (now EADS Astrium).
*1989 5 February — Sky television launches DTH UK service via Astra satellite
*1990 — Sky subscribers reach 1 million
*1990 November — British Sky Broadcasting formed by merger of Sky Television and
British Satellite Broadcasting(BSB). Murdoch the majority shareholder through News International, BSB partners Pearson and Granada become minority shareholders through BSB Holdings Limited (BSBH)
*1991 — Of BSB's five channels; Now news programmes merged with Sky News and Sky Arts created to use Now programming, Galaxy merged with Sky One,
The Sports Channelis rebranded to Sky Sports soon after the merger, The Movie Channel is maintained, The Power Station is withdrawn later. Sky One, Sky Newsand Sky Moviesmaintained but Eurosportis withdrawn. Eurosport later went free-to-air across Europe on ASTRA after adding more adverts.
*1992 July — BSkyB sells the former BSB Marcopolo II satellite to
*1992 — BSkyB signs exclusive live television rights deal with the FA Premier League
*1992 31 December — BSkyB ceases transmissions to Marcopolo I satellite
*1993 — "Sky Multichannel" packages launched
*1993 — December — BSkyB sells the former BSB Marcopolo I satellite to
*1994 — 17% of BSkyB is floated on the London and New York stock exchanges
*1994 — Five more channels launch, including Sky Sports 2
*1995 — Six more channels launched including History Channel and Disney Channel
*1995 — BSkyB enter the
*1996 — BSkyB signs an extension of its Premier League rights for £670 million
*1998 30 August — First of a new generation of Astra satellites launched, paving way for digital satellite television. Sky Digital launches on 1 October
Vivendi SAbecomes sole shareholder of BSBH, which held 11.8% of BSkyB at the time. It also acquired the shareholding of Pathéthrough merger, bringing its total shareholding to 22% (as of 2001). BSkyB Chairman Jérôme Seydouxforced to resign due to sale of Pathé's interest; Murdoch takes Chairmanship to prevent Vivendi acquiring it (as it would be entitled to)
*2001 — BSkyB signs 5 millionth subscriber. Analogue service discontinued
Sky+introduced: A set top box/digital video recorder hybrid
*2001 — December —
Vivendi Universalsells part of its shareholding comprising 8% of the company, followed by the remaining 14% in May 2002
*2002 — BSkyB takes an equal share of Freeview, in partnership with the
BBCand Crown Castle (now part of National Grid)
*2003 — James Murdoch elected as CEO, replacing Tony Ball
*2003 — Sky subscribers reach 7.5 million
*2003 — Sky acquires the television series "24" from Fox which was previously shown on the
*2005 — BSkyB purchase network provider Easynet for £211m ($373.1m). [ cite web
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4363036.stm
title = BSkyB swoops on internet provider
*2005 — Sky launches Sky by Broadband, a service available to existing movie and sports service subscribers that allows them to download movies and sports clips direct to their home computer. The service is made available free of charge
*2006 — Sky HD launches on 22 May, with a line-up of 10 high definition channels
*2006 — Sky acquires Mykindaplace.com to expand its internet presence
*2006 — Sky acquires Aura Sports Ltd to expand its internet media sales presence
*2006 — Sky achieves CarbonNeutral status [ [http://www.theclimategroup.org/index.php?pid=792 The Climate Group] ]
*2006 — Sky launches and allows pre-registering of its new broadband service
*2006 — Sky is listed as one of the applicants for the licence to manage Ireland's digital terrestrial television network
*2006 — Sky acquires Season 3 and 4 of "Lost" in a multi-million pound deal with
Buena Vista International Television(previous series were shown on Channel 4)
*2006 — Sky acquires 17.9% stake in ITV, Britain's largest free-to-air commercial broadcaster.
*2006 — Sky rebrands VoD services, such as Sky By Broadband, as Sky Anytime, adding US imports to on-demand content.
*2007 — Sky announces plans to launch pay channels on the digital terrestrial platform.
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alistair Darlingasks media regulator Ofcomto investigate Sky's purchase of a stake in ITV plc. [cite news
last = Tryhorn
first = Chris
title = Darling steps into Sky–ITV row
url = http://media.guardian.co.uk/bskyb/story/0,,2021890,00.html
accessdate = 2007-03-05 ]
*2007 — Sky's increased price demands causes
Virgin Mediato not renew the contract to provide Sky basic channels (effective from 1 March 2007) after negotiations falls through.
*2007 — BSkyB acquire electronics manufacturer
Amstradfor a reported £125 million. [ cite web
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6923517.stm
title = BSkyB agrees £125m Amstrad deal
accessdate = 2007-07-31
publisher = BBC News]
*2007 29 October — Sky Broadband reach 1 million customer mark. [ cite web
url = http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKWLA199720071029?rpc=401&
title = BSkyB passes 1 million broadband customers
accessdate = 2007-10-29
*2007 29 October — BSkyB offer to give up part of their ITV voting rights after a ruling from the
Competition Commission. [ cite web
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7067581.stm
title = BSkyB offers ITV vote surrender
accessdate = 2007-10-29
publisher = BBC News]
The first CEO of BSkyB was
Sam Chisholm, who was CEO of Sky TV before the merger. Chisholm served in this position until 1997. He was followed by Mark Boothwho was credited with leading the company through the introduction of Sky Digital. Tony Ballwas appointed in 1999 and completed the company's analogue to digital conversion. He is also credited with returning the company to profit and bringing subscriber numbers to new heights. In 2003 Ball announced his resignation and James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch was announced as his successor. This appointment caused allegations of nepotismfrom shareholders. [cite news
last = Bell
first = Emily
title = Rupert and the joys of nepotism
url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1078016,00.html
accessdate = 2007-03-06]
On 7 December 2007 it was announced that
Rupert Murdochwould be stepping down as BSkyB's Non-Executive Chairman and would be replaced by his Son, James. It was also announced that James would be stepping down as CEO of BSkyB and will be replaced by Jeremy Darroch [ [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=104016&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1085142 BSkyB - Investor Relations - Press Release ] ]
*British Sky Broadcasting Ltd.
Operating company for the Sky pay-television service.
*Sky Television Ltd.
Sky Television plc, now a holding company
*Sports Internet Group Ltd.
Sports content and online betting services.
*British Interactive Broadcasting Holdings Ltd.
Interactive televisionservices, formerly an alliance of BSkyB, BT Group, HSBCand Matsushita.
Network infrastructure for
Sky Broadband, UK Online, and third party corporate customers.
Being both an agency and a media owner, run many successful sites.
*Aura Sports Ltd
Media Sales Agency, sells advertising on the majority of premiership football club websites, as well as other major sports.
*Aura Play Ltd
Another Media Sales Agency, sells advertising across a number of websites in the music and entertainment sector.
Nickelodeon UK(and related channels) (40%) (with MTV Networks Europe)
*The History Channel (UK) (and related channels) (50%) (with
A&E Television Networks)
Paramount Comedy 1& 2 (UK) (25%) (with MTV Networks Europe)
*Australian News Channel Pty Limited (33.3%) Operates
Sky News Australiawith Seven Networkand PBL Media
*MUTV Limited (33.3%)
*Chelsea Digital Media (35%) - owner of
*Attheraces Holdings Limited (47.5%)
Bakrie & Brothers(5%)
Other subsidiaries include Sky In-Home Service Ltd which installs Sky equipment, and the Luxembourg based British Sky Broadcasting SA which is the company which leases transponders on Astra satellites.
The main headquarters are in
Osterley, London. Sky originated material is uplinked to the satellite from Chilworth, outside Southampton(and from the BT owned Madley Communications Centreand London Teleportearthstations).
The largest concentration of Sky staff in the UK is in Scotland; the main areas being in Livingston and
Dunfermline. These house Sky's contact centres as well as the IT departments, Finance departments and Field Operations. Other contact centres are located in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Glasgow.
The Ofcom Consumer Panel complained that the BskyB plan to operate pay TV services on Freeview was "generating serious consumer detriment" [cite web|url=http://www.ofcomconsumerpanel.org.uk/nr/140307.htm|title=Consumer Panel asks Ofcom to step in to resolve Virgin and BSkyB dispute|date=2006-03-14] and the National Consumer Council call the BSkyB plan "bad news for consumers," [cite web|url=http://www.ncc.org.uk/cgi-bin/kmdb10.cgi/-load747560_nccviewcurrent.htm|title=NCC demands action on dispute between Virgin Media and BSkyB|date=2007-03-01] combined with representations from BT, Setanta,
Top Up TV, and Virgin Mediahas caused Ofcomto launch an investigation into the "features of the [UK pay TV] market, including control over content, ownership of distribution platforms, retail subscriber bases and vertical integration." [cite web|url=http://www.ofcom.org.uk/media/news/2007/03/nr_20070320|title=Market investigation into the pay TV industry|date=2007-03-20]
At present the other major pay-TV operator in the United Kingdom is the service provider
Virgin Media(Rebranded in 2007 from "NTL:Telewest"). Virgin Media's cable network was also formed by numerous mergersand acquisitionsover the last decade, with different cable companies having used different types of network and technology in their areas. This has made it difficult for the company to roll out new services across the UK quickly.
Virgin Media includes the
Virgin Media Televisionproduction company which owns several channels, including a 50% stake in the UKTVnetwork. The company's cable television service used to carry the majority of BSkyB's channels, making it one of BSkyB's most important customers as well as its biggest rival, however on 28 February 2007 BSkyB stopped offering their channel to Virgin Media Customers.
Like Sky, Virgin Media offers
High-definition television(HDTV) services. However, the number of channels available is limited by BSkyB's refusal to allow the HDTV channels it owns to be broadcast by other companies. This situation is somewhat addressed, however, by the fact that Virgin can provide HDTV content using its Video on demandservices and the fact that the V+HDTV-supplying box can upscale all of its received transmissions to near-HDTV quality.
On 1 March 2007, BSkyB removed its basic Sky channels from the Virgin Media service after requesting Virgin pay the company £35,000,000, for the rights to show the channels, in what has been seen as an effort to move existing Virgin media customers to Sky. Virgin have refused outright to pay the sum, and, in a press release on Virgin Media's website, have said they will continue to "stand-up for the consumer" against, what has been seen, by all non-Murdoch owned British press, as "playground bully tactics". Recent print advertising for Sky however claims that Virgin media 'doubted the value' of the channels concerned, and implies the decision to drop the channels was that of Virgin Media. On 6 March 2007 Sky launched a radio advert urging Virgin customers to migrate to Sky to access their "favourite shows".
Virgin Media has now decided to take legal action in the hight court against British Sky Broadcasting for taking away their Sky Basic channels from Virgin media customers. Virgin still have the rights to televise Sky sports 1, 2, 3 & Sky Sports Xtra. They also still hold the rights to televise the
Television over ADSL services
Sky is facing increased competition from telecommunications providers delivering pay television services over existing telephone lines using
ADSL. Such providers are potentially able to offer "triple-play" or "quad-play" packages combining land-line telephone, broadband Internet, mobile telephone and pay television services.
In the final quarter of 2006, BT, the UK's biggest Telephone company, launched
BT Vision. The BT Vision set-top box, provides true Video on Demand (VoD) over BT's telephone lines using ADSL. The set-top-box complements the VoD component by providing access to the Freeview digital terrestrial televisionservice. It is expected that before the end of 2007, Virgin Mediaand Tiscali TVwill have rolled out similar services to parts of the country not currently served by their cable networks. Additionally, Orange are also planning such a service.
To compete with these providers, in October 2005, BSkyB bought the
broadband Internet Service Provider Easynetfor £211 million. This acquisition has allowed BSkyB to recently start offering its "Sky Anytime on PC" service as well as a "triple play" package combining satellite television, land-line telephone and Broadband service.
Digital Terrestrial Television
BSkyB initially faced competition from the
ONdigital digital terrestrial televisionservice (later renamed ITV Digital). ITV Digital failed for numerous reasons, including, but not limited to numerous administrative and technical failures, nervous investors after a large down-turn in the advertising market and the dot com crash, and BSkyB's aggressive marketing and domination of premium sporting rights.
Sky was more receptive to ITV Digital's FTA replacement, Freeview, in which it holds an equal stake with the
BBC, ITV, Channel 4and National Grid Wireless. At the time of writing, three BSkyB channels are available on this platform: Sky News, Sky Three, and Sky Sports News. Initially BSkyB provided Sky Travelto the service. However, this was replaced by Sky Three on 31 October 2005, allowing BSkyB to air its exclusive licensed content with delays of between 12-18 months from their original air dates on Sky One. Terrestrial televisioncompanies currently have limited bandwidth. This means that, at present, there is little or no option to offer HD services, until after the final analogue television services are switched off in 2012 freeing up substantial bandwidth.
In a response to the push towards Free to Air services such as
freesatand Freeview, BSkyB has marketed its own free to view offering ( Freesat from Sky).
On 8 February 2007, Sky announced its intention to replace its three free-to-air digital terrestrial channels with four subscription channels. It was proposed that these channels would offer a range of content from the Sky portfolio including sport (including English Premiership Football), movies, entertainment and news. [cite news
last = Oatts
title = Sky to launch new DTT service
url = http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/digitaltv/a42523/sky-to-launch-new-dtt-service.html
accessdate = 2007-03-05 ] The announcement came a day after
Setanta Sportsconfirmed that it would launch in March as a subscription service on the digital terrestrial platform, and on the same day that NTL's services rebranded as Virgin Media. However, industry sources believe Sky will be forced to shelve plans to withdraw its channels from Freeview and replace them with subscription channels, due to possible lost advertising revenue. [cite news
last = Quinn
first = Ian
title = Sky rethinks Freeview exit and football strategy
url = http://www.brandrepublic.com/News/637103/Sky-rethinks-Freeview-exit-football-strategy/
accessdate = 2007-03-05 ]
take in ITV plc
ITV plchas been the subject of a flurry of rumoured take-over and merger bids since it was formed. For example, on 2006-11-09, NTLannounced that it had approached ITV plc about a proposed merger [cite press release
title = Ntl Incorporated Discussions with ITV plc
url = http://www.ntl.com/mediacentre/press/display.asp?id=874
accessdate = 2006-12-06 ] [cite press release
title = ITV and NTL 'in merger talks'
publisher = ITV plc
url = http://www.itvplc.com/itv/news/releases/pr2006/2006-11-09/
accessdate = 2006-12-06 ] . The merger was effectively blocked by BSkyB on
2006-11-17when it controversially bought a 17.9% stake in ITV plc for £940 million [cite news
last = Welsh
first = James
title = Sky buys 17.9% of ITV
url = http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds39556.html
accessdate = 2006-12-06 ] , a move that attracted anger from NTL shareholder
Richard Branson[cite news
last = Wilkes
first = Neil
title = Sky/ITV: Branson statement in full
url = http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds39642.html
accessdate = 2006-12-06 ] and an investigation from media and telecoms regulator
last = Welsh
first = James
title = Ofcom examines impact of Sky's ITV stake
url = http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds39694.html
accessdate = 2006-12-06 ] . On
2006-12-06, NTL announced that it had complained to the Office of Fair Tradingabout BSkyB's move. NTL stated that it had withdrawn its attempt to buy ITV plc, citing that it did not believe that there was any possibility to make a deal on favourable terms [cite news
last = Oatts
first = Joanne
title = NTL complains about Sky as it drops plans for ITV Ofcom
url = http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds40409.html
accessdate = 2006-12-06 ] . At the same time as the NTL bid, RTL, the owner of Five, was also rumoured to be preparing a bid for ITV plc, [cite news
last = Oatts
first = Joanne
title = RTL to make ITV decision this week
url = http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds39466.html
accessdate = 2006-12-06 ] with the possibility of a stock-swap with BSkyB. The plan would see RTL acquiring BSkyB's stake in ITV plc (with the aim of further acquisitions of shares in the future) in exchange for BSkyB taking full control of Five. However, no move from RTL has yet materialised so far.
The Economist" has suggested that News Corporation would eventually like to merge BSkyB with its US satellite operation, DirecTVand possibly its STAR TV network to form a global satellite TV companyFact|date=February 2007. However, News Corporation has now sold its stake in DirecTV; in return for the sale Murdoch got John Malone's stake in News Corp. Sky is also rumoured to be interested in adding NFL Sunday Ticket(currently available on DirecTV in the US).
Sky has developed a new version of its Sky Guide
electronic programme guide(EPG) service, which includes new genres, easier access to channels, and a complete renumbering system. It also includes new hotkeys to get into new menus quicker. This is the biggest change to the Sky EPG since its launch in 1998.
On Demand services
Sky Anytime is the current brand for Sky's "on-demand" services currently available on TV (
Sky+and Sky HD), PC and 3Gmobile phones.
High Definition TV (HDTV)
BSkyB launched its
HDTVservice, Sky HD, on 22 May 2006. Leading up to the launch, Sky claimed that 40,000 people had signed up to the HD service. However, in the week before the launch rumours started to surface that Sky was having supply problems of its Set Top Box (STB) from manufacturer Thomson. Starting on Thursday 18 May, and then all through the weekend before launch, people were reporting that Sky had either cancelled or rescheduled its installations. Finally, the BBC reported that 17,000 customers had been let down for the launch due to failed deliveries. [cite news
title = Sky HDTV launch runs into trouble
accessdate = 2007-03-05 ] Some customers reported installations were only cancelled on the day of the launch. The episode was widely seen as being very embarrassing for Sky, who until that point had been extremely conservative in new service launch schedules. The supply problems were resolved shortly after launch.
According to figures published by Sky, there were 498,000 subscribers to the Sky HD service by 30 June 2008. [498,000 Sky+ HD customers by 30 June 2008 – [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=104016&p=irol-newsArticle_Print&ID=1181722 BSkyB results for the twelve months ended 30 June 2008] ]
Sky Picnic is a proposed pay TV service to launch on the digital terrestrial television platform in the United Kingdom from British Sky Broadcasting. The launch of the service is currently being held back due to a consultation process from the UK media regulator, Ofcom, announced on 4 October 2007.Sky has submitted plans to Ofcom to put three free-to-air channels currently available on digital terrestrial television behind a pay-wall and market the new channels under the brand Picnic will offer subscribers premium Sky content, including Sky Sports 1, Sky Movies Screen 1 and
Sky1. Disney Channel is the first third-party broadcaster to join Picnic, second is Discovery Channel.
The service will initially comprise three
MPEG-2video streams but will switch to MPEG-4and offer a fourth stream carrying Sky News24/7 if Ofcom approves use of the more bandwidth-efficient compression format.
It currently offers
Sky News, Sky3and Sky Sports Newson Freeview. Sky intends to launch a three-channel package using existing MPEG-2 technology, and wants to be able to bundle broadband and telephony products into the package. The first channel on the Picnic service would be a simulcast of Sky Sports 1. The second would show Disney Channel during the day and Sky Movies SD1 in the evening, and the third would offer Discovery Channelduring the day and a simulcast of Sky1in the evening.
In September 2008, Sky announced that it was suspending the development of Picnic after failing to receive the support of
Ofcom, casting doubt on the future of the project. A spokesperson for BSkyBcommented: "We want to invest in Picnic because it will be good for consumers and a good opportunity for Sky but the blunt truth is that Ofcom has spent 18 months looking at our proposals and there is no end in sight." [cite web | title = BSkyB job losses expected as Picnic is shelved|author= Sweney, Mark|publisher = The Guardian| url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/12/bskyb.television|accessdate=2008-09-18]
BSkyB's purchase of broadcast rights for major sporting events, most importantly Premiership football, has been the bedrock of its success. The company paid over £300 million for the
FA Premier Leaguerights, beating the BBCand ITV, and has had a monopoly of live matches since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. Murdoch has described sport as a "battering ram" for pay-television, providing a strong customer base. [;cite news
first = Torin
title = Murdoch's rise to the top
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_report/1999/03/99/murdochs_big_match/167937.stm
accessdate = 2007-03-05 ]
However, following a lengthy legal battle with the European Commission, which deemed the exclusivity of the rights to be against the interests of competition and the consumer, BSkyB's monopoly will come to an end from the 2007–08 season. In May 2006 the Irish broadcaster
Setanta Sportswas awarded two of the six Premiership packages that the English FA offered to broadcasters. Sky picked up the remaining four for £1.3 billion. [cite news
title = Setanta joins Premiership action
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4975632.stm
accessdate = 2007-03-05 ]
BT offer a pay per view service of selected Premier League matches through their
BT Visionservice [ [http://sport.btvision.com/what/ What Do I Get? | Sport On Demand | BT Vision ] ] , and Virgin Mediaoffer free highlights on the Virgin Media website. [ [http://www.virginmedia.com/sport/match-highlights.php Free match highlights - Sport - Virgin Media ] ]
et Top Boxes and conditional access
Sky utilizes the
VideoGuardpay-TV scrambling system owned by NDS, a News Corporation subsidiary. There are tight controls over use of VideoGuard decoders; they are not available as stand-alone DVB CAMs ( Conditional Access Modules). BSkyB has design authority over all digital satellite receivers capable of receiving their service. The receivers, though designed and built by different manufacturers, must conform to the same user interface look-and-feel as all the others. This extends to the Personal video recorder(PVR) offering (branded Sky+). Although the manufacturers have to follow BSkyB's design criteria, many people think that giving the broadcaster such total control over the viewing experience (and viewing prices) may keep other PVR features from appearing on BSkyB's receivers due to the monopoly position over the decoding CAMsFact|date=April 2007. BSkyB initially charged additional subscription fees for using a Sky+ PVR with their service; however, from early 2004, this additional £10 per month charge was waived for subscribers whose package includes two or more premium channels or Sky HD boxes to encourage existing owners to upgrade. As from 1 July 2007, customers that do have Sky+ and pay £10 (as they don't subscribe to 2 or more premium channels) will get Sky+ free of charge. The few customers that don't subscribe to Sky's channels and have Sky+ still pay the £10 per month. In September 2007, Sky launched a new TV advertising campaign targeting Sky+ at women. As of 31 March 2008 sky have 3,393,000 sky+ users. [cite news
title = BSkyB's new Sky+ advert claims to show What Women Think
accessdate = 2007-09-14 ]
Television channels operated by BSkyB
At The Races
* Sky Arts +1
* Sky Arts HD
* Sky Box Office (pay-per-view)
* Sky Box Office Events (pay-per-view)
* Sky Box Office Previews
* Sky Box Office HD 1 & 2
Sky MoviesPremiere, Premiere+1, Comedy, Classics, Family, Modern Greats, Indie, Sci-Fi & Horror, Action & Thriller, Screen 1, Screen 2 and Drama.
* Sky Movies HD Premiere, Action & Thriller, Drama, Modern Greats, Screen 1 and 2 — Dedicated
High-definition televisionMovie Channels
Sky News- Free-to-air
* Sky1 HD
* Sky Sports Xtra
* Sky Sports HD 1-3
Sky Sports News- Free-to-air
Sky Real Lives
* Sky Real Lives +1
* Sky Real Lives 2
* Sky Poker
* Sky Digital (UK & Ireland) EPG
Sky Kids magazine
* [http://www.sky.com Official site]
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