Sky UK & Ireland adds 157000 TV, 30000 broadband products

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An initial report from the competition watchdog earlier in the week found the merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky in its current form would result in the Murdoch family having too much influence over public opinion and news providers in the UK. While there has been no United Kingdom launch date confirmed, Sky specified a 2018 launch date in its original announcement previous year.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky's chief executive, said this was a strong performance in view of the fact that all customer-facing businesses are now challenged by pressures on household budgets.

In a twist to the Sky saga, Disney announced in December a $52.4 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox.

"We now have nearly 23 million customers taking 61.7 million paid-for-products and making 20 million pay-as-you-go buys in six months".

Geographically, Sky saw revenues rise in every region.

Retail customer numbers rose by 284,000 to 22.9m, with increases in the UK & Ireland and Germany & Austria more than offsetting a slight decline in Italy.

A Sky engineer installs a satellite dish on a house in Garforth Britain
A Sky engineer installs a satellite dish on a house in Garforth

That last point is a clue; you'll surely need to have fibre broadband in order to get Sky without a dish, and we know that will be a definite for 4K content.

It comes as the pay-TV group said it would make all its channels available online, starting with customers in Italy and Austria, in a move that would see households no longer needing a satellite dish to watch all programmes.

It has already launched so-called "over-the-top" (OTT) services in Switzerland and Spain, two countries in which it did not previously broadcast, while Mr Darroch said the ultimate aim was to migrate all territories onto a common OTT platform.

Sky will end its satellite television service in the near future, with all its channels and on-demand content streamed over internet protocol (IP) via a standard broadband connection, the firm has revealed.

"This is a major development for Sky that will open up headroom in existing markets, improve our cost to serve for some customer segments and offer a future way to take Sky into new markets". We are differentiating our programming to other services, with a distinct focus on creating content that is local to our key markets.

He would not comment on the company's thinking about Sky News, saying any messages about the 24-hour service would be given directly to staff.

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